The Leadmill: A Sheffield Institution
The leadmill was a very famous music venue in the late 1990's and by the time i went to uni in Sheffield it was the best 'indie' club in the UK. The club is open 6 nights a week (closed Sunday) and has some very cheap drink prices on weeknights with a cracking Student Crowd from the local universities.
Saturdays is the night to get down and see the mod kids in their parkas and listen to the likes of the Jam and Small faces.
Dress Code: None Whatsoever
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Ruskin's Wine Bar: A little bit more cultural relaxtaion
Ruskin's is located in Tudor Square, Sheffield, opposite the Crucible & Lyceum Theatres.
Named after John Ruskin the famous Victorian painter and traveller, Ruskin's was previously the Ruskin Gallery. Ruskin's is the bar for the discerning customer to socialise in a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere.
They offer a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits; an excellent choice of light meals and tapas; and have regular live music nights for you to enjoy.
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Urban Gorilla: Urban Gorilla
An amazing club night, friendly atmosphere, inexpensive drinks, and amazing music from some of the best DJs in the world such as Lee Burridge, James Zabiela, Rennie Pilgrem, Evil 9, Tayo etc... A MUST for clubbers visiting Sheffield!
Dress Code: None!
The Union: Waterin hole
This is the local pub....it is quite a traditional design which serves plenty of good beer at reasonable prices. When you walk in you notice a nice calm atmosphere that is also friendly. There is seating out side making at ideal way to finish of a summers evening, with a beer in your hand.
Dress Code: There is no dress code for the pubs here apart from maybe the odd one or two in the city center....most people are happy to go out in jeans, trainers etc etc or you can make the effort and go looking smart...nobody really cares what you wear. Children are not allowed in this pub and if I am correct in my memory there is a notice stating this in the beer garden.
Showroom Cinema: Great Independent Cinema
This is one of the best independent cinemas in the country. It shows all the films that won't make it into your local multiplex and all the best ones that do. So here you can get to see all the latest foreign films, off the wall films, the little films and documetaries. They also have an international documentary festival here which shows some fascinating films from all over the world.
The screens are big, the sound is good the seats really comfortable. There is also a stylish bar in the same building and a restaurant so you can chat about the film over some nice food afterwards.
By the way - that wierd building reflected in the window was the ill fated national centre for popular music, closed a year within opening and mnow vacanr
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Napoleons Casino: Casino
A casino...what can I say???
Personally I have not been in here due to getting upset if I loose hard earned money. It is supposed to be very popular with the Chinese community and they are famed for putting huge amounts of cash on the tables. I believe there is also a resturaunt inside as well. I have never heared of any problems here so I imagine it to be a safe and honest place.
Dress Code: No idea for dress code but I imagine smart is advisable
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The Bath Hotel: Real ale in the City Centre
A really nice friendly relaxing pub with a great selection of real Ales. And the best thing of all is that it is an oasis in a sea of Neon on West Street in the city centre. West Street itself is packed full of bars full of pre-clubbers, and students and aren't exactly quiet places for a pint, but venture off from West Street and you can enjoy a quality pint of real ale in peace. I'm beginning to sound like a right old fuddy duddy aren't I? Well, I like my pubs traditional, so I will pop into the Bath Hotel from time to time.
Also has a no smoking room with a hatch through to the main bar for ordering a top up.
Dress Code: Whatever you like - treat it as your own lounge.
menzels: A good bar!
There seems to be a real shortage of anywhere in Sheffield that is not either aimed at MVVD (Male Vertical Volume Drinkers) or students.
Luckily Menzels is something of an oasis as it is neither. There are no crowds of blokes swigging bottles of stella here before piling outside for a fight, nor are there loads of 'ironic' students - just good wine, good atmosphere and nice surroundings in a little wood pannelled bar hiding down an alley off Ecclesall Road.
They have a Mezzanine level as well that serves food.
Just whatever you do, whenever you finish your drink don't head in either Varsity or Champs nearby - they are awful souless chain pubs.
Brewery or Chain:J D...
Brewery or Chain:
J D Wetherspoons
Opening hours, normal:
11.00 - 11.00 Mon-Sat
Opening hours, sunday:
12.00 - 10.30
One of the most impressive of the new bars popping up in the popular Division Street area, Wetherspoons welcomes both young and old.
An excellent range of hand-pulled beers is always available, usually at very reasonable prices.
Hand Pulled Beers:
Theakstons Best Bitter; Wentworth IPA; Courage Directors; Boddingtons; Stones; 2 Guest ales
Fosters; John Smiths; Carling; Stella; Kronenburg 1664; Murphys
Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
Food Service Times:
11.00 - 10.00 Mon-Sat; 12.00 - 9.30 Sunday
Roof top patio (a real suntrap!)
Policy on Children:Not admitted
Smoking Policy:Large no smoking area
Dress Code: Casual
THE CAVENDISH: THE CAVENDISH
During term time THE CAVENDISH is a particular favourite with the many students in Sheffield. During the day, it is full of them eating lunch or playing pool, (many of them skipping lectures to do so!). At night, the place is packed and can be quite noisy, particularly on a Wednesday which is karaoke night! Sundays are a little more laid back as there is a regular stand-up comedy night. On the other nights of the week you'll find good music, an OK priced drink and a lively atmosphere that is great for a fun time, meeting new people and trying out their vast array of shooters.
Dress Code: Anything goes
Lloyds is housed in an old building on the edge of the Devonshire Quarter. Downstairs there is a large bar area, as well as a corner with comfortable sofas and armchairs. Upstairs is a Mezzanine level with lots of wooden tables and chairs. The high ceiling and wooden floors make for pleasant surroundings for a leisurely lunch by day, or a pre-club drink at night. There is a mixed clientele of students and locals, young and older, who all appreciate the value for money of the bar's many special offers such as 2 for 1 on certain nights. I wouldn't say Lloyds is one of Sheffield's best nighlife spots, but it's worth popping in for a cheap drink on the way to somewhere else!
Dress Code: Smart-casual
THE FORUM CAFE BAR: THE FORUM CAFE BAR
The Forum is one of the few bars in Sheffield that holds a late licence until 1 am. Situated in the heart of the DEVONSHIRE QUARTER, it nestles in amongst the other trendy bars, shops and restaurants that make the area so popular. Everything about the place is what you could call 'FUNKY'! from the decor, to the music, to the staff. It's one of Sheffield's places to see and be seen in, but it hasn't got any pretentious vibes about it- it's just a place to go and relax and have fun. The great thing about the place is that it's just as good during the day as it is at night. By day it's more like a cafe, serving great coffee and delicious meals and it's a lovely cosy place to watch the shoppers passing by on a cold afternoon! There is also a mini shopping centre attatched where you can buy all sorts of cool stuff, but there's more about that in another section. All in all THE FORUM is the place to go to carry on the fun when all the normal pubs close!
Dress Code: Anything goes.
THE REPUBLIC: THE REPUBLIC
The Republic is best known for being the home of GATECRASHER, one of the most famous club nights in the UK. Held on Saturday nights, it attracts famous DJs from all around the world. This is a night for serious clubbers and wacky dressers- the more outrageous, the better.
But the club also hosts nights throughout the week and because of the massive student population of the city, these are usually VERY CHEAP and the music played varies. The Republic is also lucky enough to boast 3 ROOMS that all play DIFFERENT MUSIC so you can pick and choose what you want to listen to during the night. The atmosphere is always fun and relaxed.
At the moment the schedule is:
MONDAYS- ‘Blessed’- House, Trance & Chart Hits
TUESDAYS- ‘Star’- Dance Classics, Pop, Indie & 70s/80s
THURSDAYS- ‘Disco 2002’- Funky House, R ‘n’ B, HipHop & ‘Cheese’
FRIDAYS- ‘Bubblegum’- Chart Pop and Dance music
There are usually drinks promotions on all these nights which means that you normally expect to pay between £1-£1.50 for a bottle or double spirit and mixer. Apart from Gatecrasher, the entry price is usually about £3-4.
Dress Code: Anything but I'd suggest casual chic is a good bet.
GENERAL NIGHTLIFE IN SHEFFIELD
GENERAL NIGHTLIFE IN SHEFFIELD
Sheffield has a student population of over 50,000, so as you’d expect, there’s plenty in the way of nightlife in the city. Pubs and bars are everywhere but particularly in the Town Centre and Ecclesall Road areas. The main area in the town centre for Nightlife is known as the DEVONSHIRE QUARTER and covers WEST STREET and DIVISION STREET, which are lined with pubs, bars and restaurants of every description. The area is changing so rapidly though, that a new place seems to open every couple of months. The most popular places for the young (and the young at heart!) are THE CAVENDISH, VARSITY, REVOLUTION, THE FORUM, THE HALCYON, THE FROG & PARROT, BAR COAST, LLOYD’S, RSVP AND WEATHERSPOON’S, to name but a few. Basically, there’s something for everyone. I’ve described some of these in the following sections.
You’ll find that Sheffield nightlife is fun and relaxed and that for a big city there’s very little trouble in the town centre at night. Also, you can have a great night out for less than ½ what you’d expect to pay in London. Anyway, have a look at the following tips for more info on particular places and I hope to see you there soon!!!
the Cavendish: the Cavendish
This is the LONGEST pub in all of Europe (or at least it was when I was there...) I spent part of an (un)forgettable New Year's eve there... all I remember is Strongbow and singing Oasis at the top of my lungs with all the other drunk fools... thanks to Anne, Steve and Maryam for making sure I got home in one piece!
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