Sheffield Clubbers Guide: Part One

Whether you’re fresh meat, or a seasoned veteran of Sheffield’s club scene – this guide is for you…
 
There's no need to fear the glow stick. We’ll guide you through the bright lights of the city’s best known clubs – including some places you might not have heard of but will definitely want to go to – all in the name of an ace night out! This time out though we look at the cities Big Hitters. The steel city superclubs that draw us in like gooning moths to a Guetta flame…
 

 
PLUG
Key characteristics – cheap drinks, student fave
Where: 14-16 Matilda Street, S1 4QD
 
Plug is, without a doubt, one of the finest jewels in Sheffield’s night time crown. This three room temple to debauchery hosts regular parties on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
 
However, one night reigns supreme as a must on every Sheffield new-comers calendar, the Thursday night ritual that is… Jump Around. These are the words on the lips of freshers all over the city. Reinvented every week with different themes, giveaways, stunts and sometimes even a hot tub for you to frolic in till the early hours (beware – can get nippy in the winter). This is where you’ll bond with your flatmates, end your bar crawls and make some of your earliest Sheffield memories. You can dance the night away to the finest chart hits in Room 1, reminisce about your angsty/indie teenage years and in Room 2, and indulge in some electronic delights in Room 3. It’s a classic.
 
Top tip: Don’t despair if you can’t get in during Freshers Week, there are plenty more to come! You’ve got all the time in the world.
 
Get more info on the Plug website.
 

 
THE LEADMILL
Key charateristics– cheap drinks, indie disco
Where: 6 Leadmill Road, S1 4SE
Legendary for both its club nights and its live music, the Leadmill has been bringing in punters since 1980.
 
Every Monday Leadmill throw you a mega-party split over two room – and they’ve christened it Shag. Head to Room 1 for floorfillers, and next door to Room 2 for some indie rock’n’roll or vintage soul and motown. No pretence, just fun. If indie and Motown are your thing, you’d be silly not to give Gaga Fridays and Sonic Boom Saturdays at the Leadmill a go as well – quick, fetch my skinny jeans and my oxblood brouges!
 
Top tip: Wear well fitted shoes. Otherwise they will stick to the floor, and you will lose them.
 
Want to know more? Check out the Leadmill website.
 

 
THE O2 ACADEMY
Key characteristics – indie disco, student fave
Where: 7-43 Arundel Gate, S1 2PN
As one of Sheffield’s biggest live music venues, it’s only right that the O2 plays host to one of the UK’s biggest indie club nights. Oh yes, Propaganda is here.
 
Propaganda is huge up and down the country, with regular nights in no less than 25 uni towns! We’re talking pure, unadulterated indie disco brought to you on a weekly basis from Propaganda’s main man DJ Dan and guests. Previous celebs to take to the decks include the Cribs, Greg James and Huw Stephans.
 
Top tip: Since the O2 is slightly further from most halls of residence than other venues, why not make a pit-stop on your way home to snaffle a batter sausage covered in curry sauce at Dev Chippy? Delicious and nutritious.
 
Find out more about Propaganda here.
 

 
UNION PICKS
 
Let's not forget that here in Sheffield we’re blessed with two of the best Students’ Unions in the country, so what’ve they got on offer this year?
 
The University of Sheffield Students’ Union have got the painters in, giving their club venue a huge makeover and having a bit of a reshuffle! Most nights will be held just across the way at the Octagon Centre, with some old favourites returning and a new comer in the form of Monday night Fresh. However, the legendary Tuesday Club is taking a holiday to Leadmill where  it’ll still be hosting some of the biggest names in drum’n’bass and dupstep. Never, ever, one to miss!
 
Over at Shef Hallam it’s business as usual with a weekly Wednesday night knees up at Embrace, under the name of ‘Hallam Nation’. Climax finds itself a new home at the HUBS and carries on as Yorkshires biggest and most glamerous LGBT party on the last Friday of every month!
 

 
 

 
CORPORATION
Key Characteristics – cheap drinks, dress down, guilty pleasures
Where: 1 Milton Street, S1 4JU
Leave your standards at the door, ‘cause we’re going to Corp. Probably one of Sheffield’s most notorious and best loved clubs, this place is another must on any Sheffield students agenda. Corporation prides itself as the only major club in town to put on regular rock, metal and alternative gigs and club nights which range from metalcore, to alt-dance, to guilty nu-metal pleasures.  Oh, and the biggest Skool Disco in town.
 
Every Wednesday night Sheffield city centre is taken over by over-grown school children in white Primark shirts and old school ties. The reward for donning this get up? Free entry before midnight and £1 afterwards, not bad eh? Inside the Skool Disco is just what you expect – cheesy music, ridiculous dancing and grown-ups doing things they should know better than to do. It’s all silly, silly fun and it’s one of the places that’ll go down in your personal Sheffield history.
 
Don’t fancy going out dressed up as a minor? Then give Monday night Corp a go, it’s got alternative anthems ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime and allows you to keep just slightly more of your dignity.
 
Top tip: Try to avoid touching all surfaces when wearing clothes you care about, as they are most likely covered in an unidentifiable substance known as Corp Juice.
 
Visit Corp's website for more info.
 

 
VIPER ROOMS
Key characteristics – get dressed up, club tunes
Where: 35 Carver Street, S1 4FS
 
One of Sheffield’s newer, slicker venues, Viper Rooms is the place to head when you want a night out on the razzle dazzle. Located in the heart of the city, their Friday and Saturday nights are lavish affairs all about looking good and hanging out in style, to a soundtrack of cool club music ranging from house to R’n’B.
 
For most of the Steel City’ students though, Thursday is the big one. Curated by Sheffield Parties, Carver Street Thursdays are one big block party, where a single wrist band will get you in to no less than five separate venues – Viper Rooms, Crystal, Paris, Beg Borrow or Steal, Babylon and Walkabout. You can find pretty much whatever musical delights you want within these many walls, so this makes a for a great night out when you just can’t agree. You will see lots and lots of people you know here, but you’ll never quite be sure where it was you saw them.
 
Top tip: This makes a great alternative to Jump Around when the queue around Plug has become visible from outer space.
 
Get more info about Viper Rooms here.
 

 
REPLICA
Key characteristics – club tunes, student fave
Where: 40 Charter Square, S1 4HS
 
Replica plays host to a student banger every single Saturday boasting three rooms and 1500 students dancing their proverbial socks off some to electro, funky and house sounds. With some penny-pinching drinks deals and DJ guest slots every week this is the perfect answer to that eternal question – what do students do at the weekend?
 
Have a gander here for more.
 

                                      Photography: Georgina Martin
 
DQ
Key Characteristics – Suitable for scenesters, student fave
Where: Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4HA
 
If you’re more into your dubstep, garage and grime than your chart hits, then DQ is your new spiritual home. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are all strong nights at DQ (as are Monday and Wednesday, but there is only so much space in one magazine!), and so really the only question is – how many times should I go to DQ this week?
 
You’ll be hard pressed to resist the old school hip-hop beast of a night that is Ugly. You’ll find it harder still to resist the Snoop Dogg inspired drinks offers they have on gin ‘n’ juice. Head down on a Friday to Shake Down for an extra helping of bass, house and garage from some of Sheffield’s finest residents. And finally, the Saturday night institution that is Threads. Genre-less madness that will have all of you dancing like you mean it, every week.
 
Top tip: If you are going so often you know the doormen by name, you are going too often.
 
Don't forget to check out the DQ website as well.
 
And that brings us to the end of Part One of our Ultimate Clubbers' Guide to Sheffield! We might just have a nap now. Remember to keep an eye out for Part Two next week – it's jam packed with all the best alternative, underground and most secretive clubs in Sheffield! Until then take this guide, go forth – and party!
 
 




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