Sheffield city guide

Everything you need to know to enjoy Sheffield's thriving beer scene

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Pubs and bars

The Devonshire Cat

49 Wellington St, S1 4HG


Despite looking disconcertingly like a Slug & Lettuce, the Devonshire cat is actually a real treasure trove of excellent craft beer, with an ever-changing draft list and good selection of bottles. It gets lively at the weekends and has decent pub food if you fancy settling in for the evening.

The Beer Engine

17 Cemetery Rd, S11 8FJ

Cosy bordering on shambolic, The Beer Engine has a mismatched charm that suggests the owners are more interested in their beer list than the décor. And this is no bad thing, as its 17 taps run the gamut from the safe and solid house bitter, through experimental sours right on to boozy triples.

The Kelham Island Tavern

62 Russell St, S3 8RW

Situated in the up-and-coming former industrial neighbourhood from which it takes its name, the Kelham Island Tavern’s working men’s club interior hides a flair for the unusual, with traditional cask ales sitting alongside some seriously interesting brews from the region’s best breweries. We found several here that we’d not seen anywhere else.

The Bar Stewards

163 Gibraltar St, S3 8UA

How long can a ‘pop-up’ bar stay open before it technically becomes just a haphazardly decorated normal bar? Open 18 months now, The Bar Stewards bar and bottleshop may well have crossed that line, but we don’t care. It looks great, has tonnes of atmosphere and its wide selection of beers are great value for money. Dancer.

The Bath Hotel

66-68, Victoria St, S3 7QL

A throwback to the days when pubs were pubs, this 1930s landmark is now owned by Thornbridge, whose beers feature heavily in the line-up of 12 taps and pumps, along with a handful of carefully curated guests. The interior is Grade II listed, and really is the perfect spot to savour a slow, post-lunch pint or two. The Bath is one of several traditional pubs around the city now being run by Thornbridge, all of which are full of locals and have a real community feel about them. Bravo Thornbridge. Check out The Coach and Horses, The Stag’s Head, The Greytones and The Cross Scythes.

Head of Steam

103-107 Norfolk St, S1 2JE

This well-known group of pubs across the north of England are all awesome, frankly. Always lively, always great food and the beer nerds who run each pub are given a lot of autonomy when buying their beer. This shows in The Head of Steam Sheffield, where an entire fridge of tantalising Belgian goodies takes pride of place at the end of the bar.

Breweries

Kelham Island

23 Alma St, S3 8SA

Having started out brewing in the beer garden of The Fat Cat, Kelham Island paved the way for the city’s new wave of craft brewers. Sink a pint of its signature Pale Rider pale ale, perfectly conditioned on cask, with a creamy mouthfeel and citrus snap, at the pub where it all began, or at the Tap & Tankard in the city centre.

Abbeydale

8 Aizlewood Rd, S8 0YX

Another Sheffield institution, Abbeydale was founded in 1996 by Patrick Morton and his father Hugh. 22 years later, it’s still very much a family affair, with Patrick and his wife Sue running the show. Its flagship pale ale, Moonshine, is a local staple, but there’s plenty else to see in the brewery’s fast-paced release schedule, including barrel-aged and funky sour beers.

Stancill

Unit 2 Oakham Dr, S3 9QX

Salvaged from the 2013 closure of Barnsley’s beloved Oakwell Brewery, the brewhouse now used by Stancill is a piece of local history that also just happens to make excellent beer. Headed up by Thomas Gill and Adam Hague, Stancill has a lineup of nine core beers and a number of specials throughout the year. Its blonde has become a runaway success, allowing the brewery to open four of its own pubs across the city.

Exit 33

Unit 1 Petre Dr, S4 7PZ

Traditional, quality ingredients, but a modern approach is what makes Exit 33’s unfiltered, unpasteurised beers some of the city’s finest. Based in a former cutlery works in the East End, Exit 33 is more interested in taking drinkers on a journey than trying to please all the people, all the time. It’s an ethos we can get behind when the beer is this good. Enjoy a pint at the Harlequin, Exit 33’s pub.

What to do in Sheffield

The Millennium Gallery

48 Arundel Gate, S1 2PP


The Millennium Gallery is well worth a visit, hosting a great collection of art and design, as well as a packed calendar of classes and events (and entry is free).

Peak District National Park

Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE

Objectively one of the most beautiful places on Earth, with tonnes to do for the outdoor-loving soul, the Peak District is undoubtedly one of the biggest perks to living or holidaying in Sheffield. There’s also a bunch of amazing craft breweries in and around it – including Thornbridge, Ikley and Buxton – so jump on your bike and make a day of it.

Abbeydale Picture House

387 Abbeydale Rd, S7 1FS


A truly amazing old traditional theatre, currently undergoing renovation back to full use. As well as being a cinema – with a great schedule of mainstream and more unusual titles – Abbeydale also hosts music and other cultural events. Clearly a passion project, and one that’s easy to be passionate about.

Kelham Island Museum

Alma St, S3 8RY


Run by the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, the Kelham Island Museum is a well-presented slice of industrial heritage, and a must for anyone who gets emotional at the sight of big steel. See craftsmen at work, marvel at the huge riverboat engine and tire the kids out with some quality interactive nonsense.

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