The Best Bars in Sheffield
Sheffield is blessed with a wide and varied selection of bars. With so much choice, it can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff, especially if you’re new to Sheffield.
We’ve split this guide into sections, to help you find the best bars for cocktails, sports bars, best live music bars and all-around bars. There are many bars that could be deemed amongst the best bars in Sheffield. To make this guide we’ve meticulously narrowed this selection down, discounting any without a unique selling point that makes them stand out from the rest, to arrive at our final list of 10 fantastic bars.
As a leading supplier of student homes in Sheffield, we’ve also included any student deals on offer. Many of these deals can be accessed by non-students too.
Best Bars by Location
West Street Bars
Division Street Bars
Devonshire Street Bars
City Centre Bars
Ecclesall Road Bars
Abbeydale Road Bars
Location & description: This city centre bar is certainly a bit different! Housed in a former gents toilet beneath the town hall, Public’s unique setting and vibe have led to it being aptly described as "a Wes Anderson train carriage crowbarred into an old bog."
Recognised by the Observer as the UK’s best place to drink in 2018, Public boasts one of Sheffield’s best cocktail menus, featuring ten classic cocktails and ten original ‘twists’ devised in-house. This is paired with a regularly updated selection of small plates.
Prices are appropriate to the calibre of the food and drink on offer, but this does make Public one of the dearer options listed here. If you’re after an intimate evening, with a touch of quirk and class, Public this should be top of your list.
Student deals & offers: Apertivo hours, Tuesday - Friday, where all aperitivos are £6.
Location & description: This Division Street institution has now been running for over a decade. Its great menu and experienced team make this one the best bars for cocktails in Sheffield. These are paired with delicious Mexican food from the Shy Boy Cantina. Gatsby is open until 2am weeknights and 3am with music on weekends. It has a cosy beer garden that makes it perfect for a summer visit.
Student deals & offers: We’ve checked and they don’t offer any at present
Phone: 0114 216 9378
Best Bars for Sports
Location & description: Located at the top of West Street, The Cavendish is a relaxed but modern venue to kick back with your mates and watch a variety of sports on their HD screens. It’s a great place to head to for watching sports outside - their beer garden is kitted out with screens so you can have an alfresco pint whilst watching England disappoint national hopes for the umpteenth time.
Student deals & offers: Situated in prime student night country, they run weekly student offers and a free drink when you sign up to their student offer club.
Phone: 0114 252 5781
Location & description: Situated on Devonshire street, the Common Room is Sheffield’s only 2-storey sports bar. The friendly team are keen to appeal to every sports fan, by encouraging customers to request any game they’d like to watch
Student deals & offers: Even without any discounts, the Common Room already offers some super cheap drinks prices (£2.50 pints). On top of this, anyone can get an additional 20% off with a True North Card. They also run a 2-4-1 student night on Mondays.
Phone: 0114 280 8221
Location & description: Conveniently located near our houses and flats on Ecclesall Road, Sports Shack is Sheffield’s first micro sports bar. It crams plenty of screens, drinks and unfussy food in to create a big atmosphere in its diminutive space.
Student deals & offers: Featuring some amazing drinks deals, with beers and jager bombs sometimes as cheap as £1, Sports Shack is a great shout for a lively football game on a budget.
Best for Live Music
West Street Live
Location & description: Located on (you guessed it) West Street, this well known bar is open until 3am every day of the week. It’s an independent, compact live music venue with free entry. A wide variety of bands play until 11pm every night followed by DJs to keep the party pumping into the early hours. Being open until 3am every night makes WSL a good card to have up your sleeve, and means it’s often the final destination of spontaneous nights out that begin as ‘one quick pint’ at the local.
Student deals & offers: Happy hour that runs Sunday to Thursday, 7 - 10pm. Some great drinks offers including a £3.50 round.
Phone: 0114 249 2785
Location & description: This quintessentially Irish Bar is a key West Street attraction. Open 7 days per week till 4am, it combines live music with sports and promises the best craic in town! There’s a quiz with prizes every Tuesday. Customers are treated to a traditional Irish tavern interior, with a solid wood bar, ornate mirrors and characterful Irish wares. Most importantly, they boast perhaps the best Guinness pour in Sheffield.
Student deals & offers: Have a student discount card scheme, which includes deals on selected spirits and pints. Student night with live music every Wednesday.
Phone: 0114 276 3271
Best All-Round Bars
Picture House Social
Location & description: The cornerstone of Abbeydale Road nightlife, Picture House Social offers an enviable selection of craft beers, quality cocktails and a food menu that includes Neopolitan style pizzas and poutine fries. Its real USP is its ‘Shuffle Chack’, which houses Deck Shuffleboards in a converted 1920s ballroom. Hidden away in its other nooks are a games room with ping pong tables, an alfresco terrace, and a dancefloor with DJs that play into the early hours.
Student deals & offers: There’s a happy hour between 5 - 7pm on Monday to Thursday, with house lager, cider, or wine for £2.50 and 2 for 1 cocktails. Also on offer is a free side if you buy 2 pizzas, and a free game of ping pong.
Phone: 0114 258 1690
Location & description: Situated at the end of Devonshire Street, the Forum is a great place to kick back and relax. It has a great central location and is a popular place to head on a sunny day to make the most of their sun terrace that overlooks Devonshire Green. The Forum is possibly the only Sheffield bar where you can sip cocktails from a deckchair! It’s open all day for food and drinks, 7 days a week, making it a reliable choice.
Student deals & offers: Their Pledge student card gives access to a 20% discount across the board. Their Forum Card offers a host of further discounts, including 50% off food on Mondays, 50% off Pizzas on Tuesdays, and 2 of the same cocktails for £9.
Phone: 0114 280 8227
The Wick at Both Ends
Location & description: This West Street institution rounds off our list of the best bars in Sheffield. Things are done a little differently at the Wick. Their cocktail menu draws inspiration from famous confectionery, and a food menu featuring whacky pizzas toppings, including full English breakfast! Their late opening and regular DJ sets make this a good place to go for a party.
Student deals & offers: Students should head to the Wick at Both Ends on Wednesdays and Thursdays when they run student deals such as £3.50 Amstel, 2 for 10 on certain cocktails, and 4 shots of the speciality shot for £10.
Phone: 0114 221 1611