Here in Sheffield, we have more than our fair share of unique and quirky little bars.
From the indie atmosphere of Division Street to the rather suave bars on Eccelsall Road, there’s a bar here to suit your tastes.
Not sure where to start? Luckily for you, we’ve tried and tested the lot to bring you 10 of the best bars in Sheffield.
Revolucion De Cuba
It's 5pm and that can only mean one thing… Happy Hour! We'll see you at the bar… pic.twitter.com/W6ALt76VVz
— Revolucion De Cuba (@DeCubaSheffield) April 10, 2015
When the citizens of Sheffield want a completely rum-infused evening, there’s only one place they go. Boasting a rather impressive stock of rums from around the globe (and of course, featuring many from Cuba), Revolucion De Cuba is one of the the most popular bars in the city. The expert cocktail-makers cook up a range of original and deliciously alcoholic concoctions every week, and this aspect of the menu is forever expanding – which means you’ll never run out of rum goodies to try.
Revolucion De Cuba, 1 Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 4DT, 0114 279 9250, more info
— SOYO Sheffield (@SOYOsheffield) April 13, 2015
We’re truly blessed here in Sheffield to have some of the most original looking bars you could imagine. One such bar is SOYO, which might sound fancy, but actually gets its name from this lovely South Yorkshire district in which we happen to live. Red-brick walls and rustic furniture make up the interior of this bar. It may not surprise you to learn that the building was a Methodist church for over 100 years, before being converted into the rather attractive place it is today. If you’re looking for a sophisticated bar in which to ‘strut your stuff’ this is ultimately the place you will end up. With a range of classic, retro and Champagne cocktails, you’re sure to find your drink of choice here.
SOYO, 117 Rockingham Street, Sheffield,, S1 4EB, 0114 276 7552, more info
The Wick at Both Ends
— The Wick @ Both Ends (@WickatBothEnds) April 16, 2015
If you’re sauntering up West Street, you might want to duck into this little bar. The Wick at Both Ends is an excellent way to start (or indeed end, given it’s open till 3am at the weekend) your evening. Here, you can sample a range of wines and beers, but what you really want to try is a flaming over-proof cocktail. The bar might not be the largest on the list, but the intimate surroundings make for a cosy night out. You’ll probably make load of new ‘best friends’ here and later have to awkwardly avoid eye-contact with them when you pass them in the street.
The Wick at Both Ends, 149-151 West St, Sheffield, S1 4EW, 0114 272 3039, more info
The Old House
— The Old House (@TheOldHouse) April 27, 2015
Question: It’s Thursday night and you’re in need of some hard liquor, what do you do? Answer: Head on down to The Old House for their Gin Thursday celebrations. The bar is fully stocked with 69 delectable gins, meaning you have an array of choices from which to choose. If that’s not your cup of tea, there are also cask ales, spirits and, of course, cocktails. The interior of this friendly bar is one of its major selling points – the walls are adorned with quirky art, posters and even wee trinkets to boot.
The Old House, 113-117 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB, 0114 276 6002, more info
The Great Gatsby
Just over a week ago we were racing to get reopen after our refurb. Come and enjoy the results this weekend. LOL? pic.twitter.com/8MHOu5VuRx
— Gatsbys Division St (@GatsbySheffield) April 24, 2015
With unique street art in the yard and a newly refurbished interior, there is just no way you want to miss out on The Great Gatsby. Nestled on the corner of Division Street, this little bar has been a favourite with the people of Sheffield for quite some time. Serving a range of wine, cocktails, ale and even craft beer, this place is one classy joint. Upstairs, you’ll find a small venue, where there are sometimes local bands and DJs playing. Failing that, the atmosphere downstairs is always lively, yet elegant, with candle-lit tables and dimmed lights.
The Great Gatsby, 73-75 Division Street, Sheffield, S1 4GE, 0114 273 1050, more info
— Cubana (@CubanaTapasBar) April 29, 2015
If the exotic vibes call you, there is only one place for you in Sheffield. Cubana recently relocated from its premises on Trippet Lane to a rather more prominent space in Leopold Square. Serving Spanish wine, Cuban cocktails and, yes, even cigars, this place is a small slice of Latino heaven right here in the centre of Sheffield. Cubana often plays host to Salsa nights, when some of the best dancers in the city come out to play. Don’t worry if you have never danced before – there is sure to be a tall, handsome stranger to take you by the hand and whiz you around the dance floor. After all that exercise, you might feel a little peckish… The bar serves a range of authentic tapas, which you simply must try.
Cubana, Unit 4, Leopold Square, Sheffield S1 2JG, 0114 276 0475, more info
— Menzels Bar (@MenzelsBar) February 21, 2015
If you start your night on Ecclesall Road, be sure to head to Menzels. Walk down a cobbled street, just of the main strip, and you’ll find one of the best kept secrets in the city. For over twenty years now, Menzels has been the bar of choice for many weekend-loving citizens. Playing a range of chart music, this place is the best way to start your night out. Fancy a little VIP treatment? Menzels has a private balcony, which overlooks the main bar. You can hire out the space for the evening and even have your own waiting staff at your beck and call. What more could you possibly want?
Menzels, 301 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8NX, 0114 266 8119, more info
— The Forum (@ForumSheffield) February 3, 2015
If the weather is hot (fingers crossed), you should get yourself to Devonshire Street to enjoy Forum’s oh-so-popular beer garden. Backing onto the Devonshire Green, the garden fills up nicely the moment there is a spot of sun in Sheffield. The interior of this place is original and quirky, with beautiful white-painted brick walls and paneling. If you happen to glance around the bar, you’ll find that there are many masterpieces from local artists here. When the night falls, the bar’s dance floor fills up and a DJ takes to the decks. As well as serving some of the finest drinks in the city, the bar hosts monthly cocktail making sessions for those who want to learn the secret artistry of bartending.
The Forum, 127-129 Devonshire St, Sheffield, S3 7SB, 0114 272 0569, more info
Frog and Parrot
A beautiful day for Al Fresco dining in our wonderfully serene new beer garden. Our Mediterranean Platters r a treat. pic.twitter.com/ikUqxZeq
— 'the Parrot' (@FrogandParrot) September 8, 2012
It’d be a crime not to mention the Frog and Parrot on this list. The bar is something of an institute here in Sheffield, having played host to some of the best talent the city has ever known. Legend has it that there was actually a resident parrot in the bar at one point, who would speak to the locals. Though the parrot may be long gone, the bar is still going stronger than ever. It’s always worth checking out what’s on here before you head on down. Aside from having a weekly music quiz, the venue also hosts a range of local artists on a regular basis.
The Frog and Parrot, 94 Division Street, Sheffield, S1 4GF, 0114 272 1280, more info
Picture House Social
— Picture House Social (@PicHouseSocial) April 3, 2015
Having only opened in 2014, the Picture House Social is by far the newest bar on our list. It’s to its credit, then, that this place has already become known as one of the best bars in the city. As the name suggests, the bar is actually an old cinema, ballroom and billiard hall, which dates back to 1920. For a number of regrettable years, the venue was closed – depriving the good people of Sheffield of its action-packed facilities. Now, though, the bar has been completely renovated and is somewhere you must visit. With cocktails, wine and even table tennis, this place is a quirky little addition to the city streets.
Picture House Social, 383 Abbeydale Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, S7 1FS, 0114 258 1690, more info