Home to over 60,000 students and being the eighth largest population in Britain, Sheffield is an exciting and contemporary city. Here are some of the very best bars that the England’s Steel City can offer.
Housed by the 1920s building, Abbeydale Picture House, is the understated but undeniably cool Picture House Social. An independent bar in a former ballroom, this funky establishment can flaunt a spacious venue with ample space for dancing and comfortable seating. With a monthly rotating cocktail menu and a careful selection of craft beers and tasty Italian street food, Picture House Social, has become a popular social space.
Open since late 2010, The Wig And Pen is an elegant establishment removed from the busiest hustle and bustle of the city centre. Spread over two floors, with a classy interior and a seasonal menu, The Wig And Pen serves excellent cocktails, an great beer selection, and wine at friendly prices. Meet friends over a pint in smart surroundings, share a delicious platter of food, or relax with a glass of wine in a historic location.
Housed inside one of the largest independent cinemas in Europe, The Showroom Bar & Café is the perfect place for a relaxing drink before attending a screening of an independent experimental film or a Hollywood blockbuster. As a hub for Sheffield creatives, The Showroom has stepped up its foodie game with a head chef straight from trendy fine-dining restaurants. A regular host for live music and a myriad of other events, The Showroom is a bar and restaurant where there is always something going on in culturally vibrant surroundings.
Bar, Nightclub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$
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As a Sheffield bar, SOYO prides itself on interiors that pays homage to the city’s industrial past in an industrial chic venue. While the origin of the acronym name is a well-kept secret, SOYO opened its doors in 2009 with the aim of providing the city with ‘a venue it could be proud of’ and has become a fun destination for anyone looking for a good time. Dance your troubles away to the bar’s resident DJ and have a drink off the extensive cocktail, vodka and coder menus.
The Wick at Both Ends is a Sheffield bar serving fine ales, great beers, and their own innovative concoctions. Awarded prizes for best bar team in both 2012 and 2013, this is a place that has friendly and knowledgeable service. The Wick at Both Ends serves traditional pub food. Simple but tasty dishes like roasts, burgers, pies and chips are accompanied by an eclectic array of music, contributing to a happy and content atmosphere.
The Doctor’s Orders on Glossop Road is an example to the people of Sheffield that classic pub grub and good service are two ingredients not to be underestimated. In a laid-back, casual atmosphere, and in welcoming surroundings, The Doctor’s Orders offers a simple and tasty menu. It also serves an assortment of good beer and other alcoholic drinks. While it may sound doubtful to begin with, a visit to The Doctor’s Orders might convince you that the doctor did indeed order a stopover at this particular pub.
Allegedly housed in what was the town house of the Duke of Devonshire in the 19th century, the aptly named Old House is an unpretentious Sheffield bar with original Georgian exteriors. The Old House serves a wide array of classic cocktails as well as in-house specials, gin, wine, beers from all over the world, and what they claim is the best range of spirits in the city. With eclectic decor in old-school interiors, this is a bar with a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, welcoming you to monthly gin schools and other weekly events.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, British, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
Right in the city centre of Sheffield, The Great Gatsby describe themselves as a ‘chameleon of a bar’. It is capable of being both a late night party venue that serves alcohol until 3am and a place that serves Mexican street food during the day. The Great Gatsby works together with famed Sheffield coffee shop, Steam Yard, to create a collaboration that has resulted in the Steam Yard Old Fashioned cocktail. It’s available among many other peculiar and exciting alcoholic concoctions on the menu. Above the bar is Daisy’s, ‘the calm above the storm’, where the table service rule contributes to a somewhat more peaceful evening out.
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An eclectic venue located on Devonshire Street, The Forum is a cafe and bar that is open all day. From serving coffee blends at 8am to arranging cocktail classes on the first Wednesday of every month, this is an establishment that knows how to play more than one role. With a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere, The Forum is also host to salsa classes, and themed nights, while serving a large menu of cocktails and craft beers.
Bar, British, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, $$$
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Revolución de Cuba Rum Bar and Cantina is a natural number one destination for anyone looking for rum-fuelled drinks and lively Cuban vibes. The Cantina serves delicious Cuban dishes to satisfy any kind of hunger in intimate and snug surroundings. Fast forward into the evening however, and Revolución de Cuba becomes a vibrant venue of live music with an extensive alcoholic menu of classic and innovative cocktails. The bar also hosts cocktail master classes for anyone interested in the process behind the rum-based treats.