Sheffield Off The Beaten Track
Sheffield is home to some real gems on the social scene that are well worth a little wander to seek out. Here’s a few of our faves…
Hammer and Pincers
Ringinglow Road, Bents Green, Sheffield, S11 9RH
0114 262 0759
One of the best things that happened in the recession was that certain pub groups gave their landlords a bit of a freedom in the knowledge they needed that inside expertise to help turn the business around. And that’s just what’s happened at the Hammer and Pincers in Bents Green, which is now just the sort of pub the locals of an S11 postcode demand.
Firstly, there’s the excellent selection of real ales (Moonshine, Doombar and Wadworth 6X were all on when we stopped by) – plus there’s great value with Greene King coming in at just £2.25. The food has also seen great improvements – the 2 for £8 on selected mains (Mon-Fri) has been a big hit with customers and the recently launched breakfast menu starts at just 99p. Tidy. That said, the pub is about much more than just good value. It’s very much at the heart of the local community with a raft of regulars aged 18-80 and plenty of events throughout the year. They’re also particularly proud of their beer garden which houses over 100 and will be given a bit of facelift next month, ready for the spring. All in all, the Hammer and Pincers is a local that’s worth travelling to. www.thehammerandpincers.co.uk.
Spooner Rd, Sheffield, S10 5BL
Tucked away in its own little corner of Broomhill, the South Sea is a brilliantly friendly bar with a fondness for all things music. The mighty venue has quickly become a favourite for resident music fanatics to enjoy gigs from local bands as well as acts from all over Europe and America. It’s no surprise why – with a great stage, funky artwork and a centre bar, it’s the perfect local venue to catch a gig with a pint in hand. Never ones to pigeonhole themselves to a single genre, South Sea put on an eclectic range of acts, with everything from Indie Rock and Punk to Metal or DnB gracing their stage. A real treat off the beaten path, music fans wanting to escape the clamour of the city centre and get a dose of the alternative will love South Sea. Open from 7pm every evening, events listings and tickets are available at www.facebook.com/southsealive.
Hope Works, Sussex Rd, Sheffield, S4 7YQ
Hope Works is a unique warehouse environment – turning humble industrial décor into a thing of beauty and hosting everything from live gigs to DJs and art exhibitions. Located just outside the city centre, and a stone’s throw from the River Don on Sussex Street, this underground venue has seen a formidable list of DJ heavyweights grace its premises – alongside a heaped helping of local talent. With tickets always in high demand, their regular club nights are perfect for an unconventionally atmospheric evening – with resident DJs spinning everything from House to Techno and Garage – whilst the superb bar ensures the drinks never stop flowing. Set up by Mixed in Sheffield, a charitable organisation dedicated to stimulating Sheffield’s music scene, Hope Works is quickly becoming a real locally minded and forward thinking institution. For more information and events listings, check out www.hope-works.co.uk.
Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 4RN
Peddler Market is quickly becoming Sheffield’s finest night market – offering a fantastic evening of good food and drink, live music and unconventional market stalls. Proud suppliers of craft beer, the market also features an ever changing roster of fantastic street food vendors, providing finger food feasts for an interesting tea time – all alongside a mountain of local and independent business rolling up to peddle their exciting wares. Happening twice a month, the market is spread languidly over two ex-industrial buildings (Renown Works and 156 Arundel Street) and serves up an unorthodox evening – a charismatic antidote to same-old nights down the regular boozer. Even better, entrance is free! Attracting over a thousand guests on just their second event, it’s no coincidence that Peddler Market is exploding as one of Sheffield’s most sensational night time excursions. Catch the next ones on March 6/7. www.peddlermarket.co.uk.
Scotland Street, Sheffield, S3 7AA
0114 270 0798
The Hide is a charming hub of independent creative studios and art shops, with a cracking café to boot. Sitting pretty on the corner of Lambert Street and Scotland Street, The Hide is all about crafting and sharing creativity – with regular intriguing and stimulating art exhibits taking place in their gallery alongside charming locally produced goods on sale – featuring everything from jewellery to customised clothing. The Hide houses Scotland Street Coffee, a fantastic little hangout creating exciting menus for lunch and tea time, alongside decadent homemade cakes and faultless coffee. They also host the monthly Scotland St. Market, which brings together plenty of local independent businesses and creative individuals selling their hand crafted goods. www.facebook.com/TheHideS3.
72 Charles Street, Sheffield, S1 2NB
0114 272 1756
As traditional as they come, The Roebuck is a classic, cosy public house in the heart of Sheffield, just off Arundel Gate. A fantastic pub for those with a discerning penchant for beer, it’s hidden in plain sight in the heart of the city, offering a massive selection of draught lagers and local cask ales from the Wood Street Brewery alongside an extensive selection of wines and soft drinks. Delicious homemade food is a staple on the menu, with locally sourced ingredients used wherever possible and fantastic daily specials served along with traditional Sunday roasts. There’s a decent beer garden with a sheltered area for an out-of-doors pint in those warmer months, and private areas for booked parties. The Roebuck are no strangers to sport, showing most televised events on their two plasma screens, alongside pool tables and an Xbox. For more information, have a look at www.theroebucksheffield.co.uk.
Sitting proudly on Glossop Road, The Doctor’s Orders is a slick pub that oozes cool, serving up great grub, cocktails and French house wine on tap! Just what the doctor ordered! Their crafty cocktail concoctions are the perfect remedy for those tired of run of the mill beverages, and their great selection of cask ales features some local treats as well as a regular monthly guest brew. The kitchens will do their best to get your attention on to the grub though – with their trademark homemade ‘Jekyll’s Salads’ and ‘Hyde’s Burgers’ served up alongside monstrous sandwiches, pub snacks and sharing platters – all clocking in at under £6. There’s no shortage of entertainment either, with regular Tuesday night quizzes, videogame consoles and major sporting events on the telly. With its sharp, yet homely interior – complete with grand fireplace – The Doctor’s Orders has a cosy and welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for a pint and a bite to eat. www.thedoctorsorder.pub
1 Mowbray Street, Sheffield, S3 8EN
0114 272 4633
A true gem at the heart of the Sheffield ‘real ale circuit’, The Riverside boasts an immense selection of continental lagers, fruit ciders, spirits and craft beers – including their own ‘Riverside Pale’ – alongside a fantastic food menu featuring a ridiculous selection of burgers from the Twisted Burger Company. The hugely popular beer garden looking over the River Don is perfect for a pint on those warm summer days – and the cosy interior with a wood-burning stove is delightful for those not-so-warm ones! There’s also no shortage of entertainment at the Riverside, with regular free live music in their ‘Shoebox’ room for intimate gigs and unique performances, and a barmy weekly pub quiz, dubbed ‘Quizarama-rama’. The Riverside is owned by the arts charity Point Blank, so all profits go to supporting creative projects around Sheffield. www.riversidesheffield.co.uk.
The Old Grindstone
The Old Grindstone welcomes you into Crookes. They’ve got a wide selection of soundly priced drinks on tap, and their popular staples include IPA and Black Sheep cask ales. Food is served every day of the week, from noon until 9pm, and their menu is packed full of traditional homemade pub meals with ludicrously low priced daily deals to suit every taste and budget. Having recently undergone considerable refurbishment, The Old Grindstone is looking slick these days – and there’s always a cosy and welcoming atmosphere as soon as you step through the door. No strangers to a good time, there’s entertainment on every night of the week – with regular quiz nights, snooker and pool plus all the major sporting events broadcast on their big screens. Packed full of character, it’s a must when in Crookes. www.facebook.com/oldgrindstone.
Offering spaces for budding musicians to rehearse and record, Yellow Arch Studios in Neepsend have been a staple on the Sheffield music scene for as long as anyone can remember – and their long list of satisfied customers includes the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley and Arctic Monkeys. Now, they’ve become a music venue in their own right, with three fantastic live music rooms stuffed with eccentric character, fully licensed bars and ample space for 500 eager music fans to enjoy upcoming gigs. An old Victorian nuts and bolts mill, the place oozes Steel City charm, making it perfect for home-grown bands to prove their worth alongside acts from all over the world. www.yellowarch.com.
452 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, South Yorks, S7 1FR
0114 255 0200
Serving up proper pints and proper grub, The Broadfield is a truly authentic Yorkshire pub with a real cosy feel and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Tucked behind the bar is a treasure trove of drinks options, with a vast assortment of hand-pulled ales – including local brews and beer from further afield – as well as over 100 whiskies. With so much attention given to the bar, it’d be easy to assume that The Broadfield’s food gets the short end of the stick, but their lovingly crafted menu includes everything from homemade pies and sausages to vegan-friendly dishes. Find out more at www.thebroadfield.co.uk.
Picture House Social
383 Abbeydale Rd, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1FS
0114 258 1690
Based within the iconic Picture House on Abbeydale Road, Picture House Social is barely signposted on the street, but those who venture past the speakeasy-esque front door will discover a remarkable cocktail bar with serious attention to food, music and… ping pong. Swathed in style, the bar looks almost as good as the drinks menu, which features a regularly rotating list of unconventional cocktails, as well as local craft ales and bottled beers. The Picture House kitchens are dedicated to serving authentic Italian cuisine, with fantastically thin Neapolitan style pizzas and much touted meatballs. Their games room also comes equipped with table tennis tables for those that like a bit of competitive spirit with their evening drinks. Find out more at www.picture-house-social.com.
111 Dykes Hall Road S6 4GR
0114 376 7100
A proper traditional public house, The Castle in Hillsborough is cosy and welcoming, with a great selection of ales and a menu packed full of classic English pub snacks. There are snooker tables, a darts board and a regular quiz night for the more competitively inclined, plus a heated outside area. Be sure to check out their famous jam session on Sunday afternoons. A fantastic all-round local with something for everyone.
The Old Crown Inn
137 London Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 4LE
0114 255 0163
One of Sheffield’s oldest pubs, The Old Crown Inn on London Road has been a staple of many ‘hidden gems’ pub crawls, and their brilliant selection of cask ales, cosy ambience and infamous weekly pub quiz explains why! They also host regular live music, with cracking bands and DJ’s regularly spinning some themed vinyl. For more information, check them out at www.oldcrowninnsheffield.co.uk.
53 Blake Street, Sheffield, S6 3JQ
0114 233 9336
The Blake Hotel prides itself on its regularly rotating selection of cask ales and an intimate knowledge of whiskies that cannot be challenged. It’s a real classic pub with an intimate and comfortable vibe and it’s a dog friendly establishment for those that like to have a pint with their pooch present.
The Strines Inn
Bradfield Dale, Bradfield, Sheffield, S6 6JE
Nestled amongst the delightful moorland scenery of Bradfield, The Strines Inn is a charming country pub in a historic building dating back to the 13th century. It’s dog friendly, and the definitive resting point for tired feet enjoying the fantastic walks of the area. The Inn also has a well-deserved reputation for fantastic traditional English grub – homemade and produced on the premises. With stunning views in summer and the comforting warmth of three open fires in winter, The Strines Inn is a perfect spot for a pint all year round. Oh, and if you needed further convincing, they’ve got peacocks! www.thestrinesinn.webs.com.
303 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZF
0114 266 8974
The Lescar is a favourite amongst locals on Sharrow Vale Road for good reason – it’s a comfortingly old-fashioned public house with a massive selection of cask ales and hearty pub grub. The regular live entertainment only makes things better, with everything from pub quizzes and comedy to their legendary jazz night making weekly appearances. There’s also a fantastic pub garden for those warm summer days, equipped with shelter and heaters for those more chilly days too. For more information, take a peek at www.thelescarhuntersbar.co.uk.
Queens Social Club
4 Queens Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 4DG
Quickly becoming one of Sheffield’s premier live music venues, Queens Social Club has hosted some massive names in music from all over the world. Keeping things simple with a vintage look, the vibrant venue has a warm and welcoming atmosphere – providing those all-important inexpensive drinks. For more information and events listings, have a look at www.facebook.com/Queenssocialclub.
The Night Kitchen
7 Smithfield, Sheffield, S3 7AR
Transforming the shell of one of the Steel City’s most renowned cutlery factories, The Night Kitchen is a refreshing club space with a unique layout and delightfully eccentric design. A real off-the-grid venue, perfect for those looking for a night of unique atmosphere and underground vibes. www.facebook.com/TheNightKitchen.
The Royal Standard
St Mary’s Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 4AX
0114 272 2883
A real local gem, the Royal Standard is a delightful musically orientated pub with regular gigs gracing their stage, legendary quiz nights and the ever-entertaining ‘open mic’ evenings. Hearty bar snacks are served all day alongside their extensive range of reasonably priced drinks – including cask ales – and there’s always a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Have a peek at their facebook page, at www.facebook.com/thersbar.
236 Crookes, Sheffield, S10 1TH
0114 267 8764
As traditional as they come, The Punchbowl is a melting pot of students and locals and always has a warm and inviting atmosphere. It’s a genuine sports pub with eighteen screens showing all major events, alongside the classic pub pool tables. There’s also a menu of hearty pub grub and a charming patio area for those warm evenings.
79 Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield, S1 4JP
Nestled off Devonshire Green, The Washington has been at the forefront of Sheffield’s music scene for as long as anyone can remember. Purveyors of friendly traditional pub atmosphere and reasonably priced drinks (including local real ales), it’s a perfect drinking destination for those with old-fashioned public house sensibilities. The Washington is a real rock ‘n’ roll watering hole that thrives on oddball DJ’s and cutting edge gigs, ensuring there’s never a dull moment on the dancefloor. For more information, check out www.washingtonsheffield.com.
Dove & Rainbow
1 Hartshead Square, Sheffield S1 2FD
0114 272 1594
A pub with a preference for real ales, the Dove & Rainbow offers local beers and hundreds of ales from independent breweries from around the country – so there’s always something new on tap. There’s also plenty of live music, with regular rock nights and a well-stocked jukebox taking centre stage during the day. For more information and events listings, have a look at www.doveandrainbow.com.
The Cobden View
40 Cobden View Road, Sheffield S10 1HQ
0114 266 1273
Nestled in the heart of Crookes, The Cobden View is a warm, comfortable and family-friendly community pub offering a great range of beer, lager and cider. The charming building is over a hundred years old, with charismatic period stone frontage, and décor is as traditional as it comes. The Cobden also host regular competitive pool nights, as well as pub quizzes and live music in the lounge – so there’s always something more than just a pint going on. Find out more at www.thecobdenview.co.uk.
18 Kenwood Park Road, Sheffield S7 1NF
0114 255 1776
The Lantern Theatre is not only Sheffield’s oldest surviving theatre; it is also home to a quaint café and bar stocked to the brim with locally brewed ales and beer. Perfect for pre and post-show drinks, the 120 year old building is tucked away in leafy Nether Edge and is a completely independent local venture, owned and run by the in-house community theatre group The Dilys Guite Players. For more information, have a look at www.lanterntheatre.org.uk.
7 Smithfield, Shalesmoor, St Vincent’s Quarter, S3 7AR
0114 348 9421
Situated ten minutes from the city centre in the Shalesmoor area, The Creative Arts Developments Space (CADS) provides spaces in which innovative minds can flourish. In 2013, the not-for-profit organisation attained official charity status – and now boasts a large number of studios, versatile spaces and exhibition areas in four separate locations. Whether you’re interested art exhibitions, film shoots, work conferences, social meetings, or somewhere to simply get your head down and ply your trade, CADS are able to accommodate.
Also the home of Dirty Little Secret events, the venue has previously hosted some legendary nights featuring the best of underground electronic music at their in-house venue The Night Kitchen plus there’s a whle host of events happening throughout Feb. Check out their partners at www.partyforthepeople.org.uk). With their support for creativity, community and music, CADS ticks all the boxes as a true gem on the Sheffield scene.
For bookings and events, see www.cads-online.co.uk