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independent pub guide - sheffield

Sheffield is known for its steel, its football, its music but most importantly its beer! The city loves beer. There’s so many great pubs, bars and breweries always popping up, it’s hard to know where to start. We love a good pint or two, here’s some of the best pubs in Sheffield, mostly ran by local breweries so you’re guaranteed to find something great pouring out of a tap. Here’s our Sheffield Independent Pub Guide.

Beer

Whether you are visiting Sheffield or you live here The Sheffield Tap, at the train station is always a great place to start your sesh. Not only is it located at the train station (easy access for the Supertram too) the pub has an on-site micro brewery always churning out great pints. They also have a great selection of beers from local and national breweries too. The pub is spacious with a few rooms and an outdoor area (ideal for social distancing) but don’t stop there too long, there’s more pubs to explore.

If you haven’t already done so, download the City Taxis app here so you can easily hop pub to pub without stumbling over. Order one for your next location. Sup up and head around the corner to the taxi pick-up area (just at the other side of the train station).

Two Thirds Beer Co.

NETHER EDGE

Within a 2 minute walk of the iconic Abbeydale Picture House you’ve got 5 greats pubs and bars. You can’t go wrong with The Broadfield part of Sheffield’s True North Brew Co., you know you’ll experience quality. Across the road is Two Thirds Beer Co which opened in 2019 with a focus on craft beer, there’s always some new and exciting on the bar. Barrow Boy might be small but the selection is strong, as are their bao buns. 

Picture House Social sits underneath Abbeydale Picture House and it’s the perfect place to be social with pals thanks to its huge space, table tennis tables, pizza and live music (when they are allowed too) whilst the Dead Donkey is a cosy situation with beers sourced from around the world. 

Check out our guide to Abbeydale Road and Nether Edge.

Sheaf View

HEELEY

Fingers crossed the sun is out when you’re in Heeley as Neepsend Brewery‘s The Sheaf View and The Brothers Arms have beer gardens that give a great look over the city (the beers are decent too, these are more traditional boozers with a focus on cask ales).

The Beer Engine

ECCLESALL & SHARROW VALE

The Beer Engine at the bottom of Ecclesall Road is the perfect starting place for a few around this end of town. Great beer garden, cask and keg beers and food, what else do you want to get you started.

As you can wander up Eccy Road you’ll come across a number of spots that deliver both cask and keg beers flawlessly including Portland HouseThe Eagle, a Thornbridge Brewery pub as well as micro-pubs The Ecclesall Ale Club and The Beer House.

Running parallel is Sharrow Vale Road where you’ll come across The Lescar a great location for summer days and winter evenings. Sitting just off the top of Sharrow Vale Road is The Stags Head, another Thornbridge Brewery pub, which guarantees to be a winner.

Check out our guide to Ecclesall Road, Sharrow Vale Road and Hunters Bar.

Kelham Island Tavern

KELHAM ISLAND

There’s a reason Kelham Island is known as The Valley of Beer, there’s loads of it!

For many, Kelham Island is the home of real ale thanks to The Fat Cat and the Kelham Island Brewery.

The Fat Cat has been open almost 40 years when the neighbourhood was a no-go area (like many buildings in Kelham, it was been opened and closed as a pub over many years prior, particularly during the years when the area was the hub for steel). Thankfully that is no longer the case as The Fat Cat influenced more places to open up around it, today Kelham is a hot spot for food, drink, art and culture.

Kelham Island Brewery is equally as iconic and its influencers are universal, their Pale Rider is recognised by beer fans around the globe whilst many brewers have passed through and go on to the likes of Thornbridge, Brew Dog and more. 

If you’re looking to continue your real ale journey you’re in look, the Kelham Island TavernShakespearesThe WellingtonThe Millowners Arms (at the Kelham Island Museum), The Ship InnThe Harlequin and The Gardeners Rest are firm favourites amongst locals and beer fans alike.

However in Kelham Island and neighbouring Neepsend  you can easily find some of the most exciting keg offerings at The Crow Inn, micro pub The Bar Stewards and Boozehound in Cutlery Works.

Other great places to enjoy a pint or two include Church: Temple of FunThe Old Workshop (both fully vegan), Nook the Bar and True North‘s the Riverside. Factory Floor Bar serves Neepsend Brewery freshly brewed beers from the brewery next door whilst Heist Brew Co. will be opening up the biggest  keg bar the Sheffield (30 taps!) later in the year.

Check out our guide to Kelham Island and Neepsend.

The Raven Inn

WALKLEY, CROOKES, BROOMHILL & FULWOOD

These suburbs are the home of students, young professionals and affluence, a mix that guarantees decent places to drink.

The Blind Monkey in Walkley has everything you want from a pub, both cask and kegs lines, great food, cosy areas inside, a beer garden that not only has decent views but heaters and they show football both inside and in a sheltered area of their beer garden. Loxley Brewery‘s The Raven Inn is another Walkley gem where you’ll always be able to enjoy Loxley’s finest as well as guest beers.

In Crookes you’ll find micro pub Two Sheds and True North‘s Punch Bowl.

Stancil Brewery‘s The Closed Shop in Crookesmoor is cosy pub with plenty of character whilst The Blake Hotel on Blake Street is another Neepsend Brewery pub offering their great beers and more.

Broomhill is just a short walk from West Street and you deserve a pint at The Itchy Pig if you make it up the hill. A little further up and you’ll come across True North‘s The York.

The Rising Sun on Fulwood Road is an Abbeydale Brewery pub that not only has an excellent selection of beers but a great food menu and a huge beer garden whilst Fulwood Ale Club, the sister pub of Ecclesall Ale Club, ran by The Brew Foundation which is a much smaller affair. The only pub in Fulwood, the Ale Club was recently converted from a butchers to a micro-pub.

Dorothy Pax

CITY CENTRE

On West Street you’ve got the Wick At Both Ends which has recently been taken over by new management, The Bath Hotel is a bit of a hidden treat and another great Thornbridge Brewery pub tucked away between West Street on Division Street. Harrisons 1854 is also hidden away, just off West Street. 

Take a trip down Division Street where you’ll come across True North Brew Co.’s Forum Kitchen + BarCommon Room and The Old House whilst Bungalow & Bears are worth a visit.

You’re bound to find characters propping up the bar at The WashingtonFagansThe Red Deer and The Grapes whilst The Dorothy Pax on Victoria Quays is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. 

Heading back to the train station? Take a detour a nip in to The Rutland Arms on Brown Street, Industry Tap on Sidney Street or Triple Point Brewery + Bar on Shoreham Street for one for the road (or rails).

The Wisewood Inn
SMOD beers

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK...

Oh, here’s a few more that are worth making the effort to visit.

Like all Thornbridge Brewery pubs, The Greystones is great, it’s not too far from Nether Edge or Ecclesall Road but you might want to grab a cab (download the City Taxis app here, it’s a long way to stumble back from.

Sitting at end of London Road, near the start of Abbeydale Road is Jabbarwocky. The Polish craft beer bar kind of sits on its own without being too far from The Cremorne (also on London Road) and Dead Donkey so it’s worth that extra walk. 

Woodseats isn’t exactly in the middle of nowhere, you’ve got plenty of houses, shops, Graves Park but you’d struggle to do a pub crawl. Thankfu Guzzle serves up locally brewed beers and is one to tick off your list.

The Wisewood Inn sits in picturesque Loxley, just on the outskirts of the city. The pub is also the home of Loxley Brewery so you can enjoy the beer brewed on-site.

When we say, ‘off the beaten track’, The Brewery of Saint Mars of the Desert really defines it. Based in Attercliffe, a forgotten area of Sheffield, down a road, amongst warehouses and factories, not somewhere you’d stumble across or expect to find the cute little bar. It is one of Sheffield’s newer breweries who have become a firm favourite for beer fans. They open their small, charming tap room on the occasional weekend, check their Twitter for details, this is experience worth making the effort for. Take the scenic route via Five Weirs Walk but you’ll want to get a City Taxi back home, their beers are pretty strong!

It’s not a bad city for beer is it? That’s it, that’s our Sheffield Independent Pub Guide.

Please drink responsibly, hangovers aren’t fun. We should feel fortunate to have so many great reasons not to go to ‘spoons.

Ordering a taxi has never been easier or safer thanks to the City Taxis app (download here), even after you’ve had a few beers.

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Why not treat yourself to one of these great Tankards, so if you don’t make it to one of these pubs, you can have a great experience from home!

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