Do it in order, or make your own way around Sheffield’s city centre. It’s your party.
The Bath Hotel
Known for its remarkable tiled interior, the Bath houses six hand pulled ales and three rotating Thornbridge Brewery kegs. A perfect and snug beer getaway.
Brewdog’s Sheffield branch, in keeping with the brewery’s mantra, focuses on flavoursome upfront hop forward beers which is showcased via its 15 to 20 rotating keg lines. A glass walled keg chilling room; a viewing wonder. Now serves pizza and has a bottle-shop.
This pub still may show as The Old Crown Inn on Scotland Street but the team behind The Rutland have now taken on the pub and renamed the snug pub and B&B to The Crow. Find a tasty keg and cask selection, often the odd Belgian beer and sour style gem on the bar.
The Devonshire (now back to The Old House)
This eclectic Division Street bar offers hand pulled ales and many a continental beer on taps and bottles. Dig into the extensive bottled beer range and beer cocktails as the party vibe progresses. It has recently undergone a refurbishment with added gin and vermouth offerings (used to The Old House). A considered food selection specialising in handmade pies.
The Devonshire Cat
A cornucopia beer house in the Devonshire Quarter offering a mah-hoo-sive selection of bottled beers including Belgium beers, German Pilsners, wheat beers, smoked beers and the very best from the UK and America. The draught beer list is also impressive as plentiful keg and cask taps now feature on their newly refurbished island bar. Homely food offering available.
This renowned party bar has a solid bottled beer selection which includes the like of Anchor and Beavertown. More focused on cocktails and spirits, you’ll still always find a couple of local hand-pulled ales and the odd interesting overseas keg beer on offer. Tasty Mexican inspired small plates available such tacos and quesadilla.
A specialist little beer gem which used to be tucked away opposite The Broadfield pub (beershop and tasting room) along Abbeydale Road. The venue is moving to a new site in the city centre of Sheffield, tbc. The beer shop usually holds over 300 beers, 25 ciders and has keg taps offering draught beer to enjoy drinking in or to take out on growler fills. Known for hosting regular ‘meet the brewer’ sessions and tastings in their intimate beery space. Friendly and knowledge staff.
Lost Industry Taproom
Newly opened is Sheffield brewery Lost Industry’s city centre taproom. Just a short walk away from The Rutland pub and handily on the way to The Beer Engine too (or vice versa, depending which way you walk!). Over 20 keg taps, with a good amount Lost Industry brews and lots of choice across beer styles. Check social media for opening hours. A friendly family run taproom and brewery concern.
A creative focused bar with a community vibe. The main bar space offers great light bites such as their delicious charcuterie board and a range of beers on bottle and keg – with a good local focus.
A constantly rotating beer range, 300 ales poured over the last two years, board games (Kerplunk) and a powerful Sunday roast all add up to make this an attractive and cosy beer hang out.
Eight hand-pulled ales rotate across local and regional microbreweries such as Bristol stalwarts Arbor and Bristol Beer Factory. Big on crafty keg beer; drop by to sample Brewdog, Magic Rock, Hardknott or Mikkeller beers. Food menu swerves from chip butties to inventive more gourmet offerings.
Triple Point Brewery
Launched in March 2016 as Sentinel this brewhouse and taproom housed in a converted industrial unit (near BBC Radio Sheffield and within walking distance from the central train station) brought a new angle to the Sheffield beer scene. Now under new ownership and renamed as Triple Point Brewery, the focus is still on their brewery fresh beer. They also offer great vegan food options from residents the Twisted Burger Co.
An awe-inspiring brewpub establishment accommodated in a converted Edwardian refreshment room at the train station. The beer selection is also awe-some – 200+ bottles, 12 continental swing handled taps (including Czech beer Bernard unfiltered and dark) and 11 traditional cask hand pulls including three house brew regulars from Tapped Brew Co.
The Three Tuns
The Three Tuns often has Blue Bee Brewery on the bar. Other favourites include Dark Star and Acorn Brewery. Real ale focused offering and remarkable example of corner pub architecture.
The Wick at Both Ends
This West Street cocktail bar also boasts good food and beer. Wild Beer co makes regular appearances on the bar whilst the bottle fridge stocks Belgium, German, Trappist and Abbey ales.
Going off piste…
A beer and food lover’s paradise.
The Bar Stewards
Welcoming micropub opposite Shakespeares offering a range of craft beers and friendly chat. Check the website for opening hours before heading down.
Home of Drop Dead Clothing and Sheffield band Bring Me The Horizon, find a craft beer offering and vegan food from Make No Bones. You can also geek out on the arcade games.
Craft and Dough
Part of the Milestone group, Craft and Dough is all about pizza and beer. And they do both very well. Beer wise, it’s all about the bottles and their extensive list boasts over 50 varieties from America, Europe and Asia.
Nearly thirty years ago the Fat Cat introduced Sheffield to the concept of a constantly changing range of guest beers, and this is still the philosophy of the pub today. As the Kelham Island Brewery tap, you’ll find their Pale Rider and Best Bitter regularly on the bar – along with a great selection from around the country. Great beer garden. Situated next to the Kelham Island Brewery.
Here you’ll find 14 hand pulled ales including their house beers (from local brewery Exit 33) and a constantly changing range of guests from craft breweries across the country. Often wins the CAMRA crown of best local real cider offering, if you fancy a break from all that lovely cask ale?!?
Kelham Island Tavern
The Sheffield CAMRA Pub of the Year multiple times has 13 ales on the bar – including milds, porters and stouts. Local regulars include Abbeydale’s Deception, Acorn’s Barnsley Bitter and Bradfield’s Farmer’s Blonde. Superb pork pies available at the bar to pair with your glass or ale.
The Old Workshop
A converted industrial open plan room with exposed brick and artistic touches making it a relaxed space to chill and enjoy the selection of independent beers on the keg wall. Indulge in Northern Spanish inspired food offerings aka pintxos alongside, available from the open plan kitchen.
Six rotating ales including house brews from True North Brew Co. Not forgetting up to thirty five World, Belgian and bottled beers in the fridges and a complimentary mix of German Pilsners and Belgian wheat beers on tap. Large beer garden with area over-looking the river. Gourmet pub pies on the menu.
This gateway to the notorious Kelham Island beer trail houses 18 taps split across cask and keg. Abbeydale Brewery’s Deception 4.1% is the regular ale and American guest beers feature heavily on the five crafty keg taps. The bottle assortment hits the 50 plus mark – look out for some exclusive rarities.
Because some pubs are worth the effort.
The pubs listed below are in varying residential areas of Sheffield (Ecclesall, Netheredge, Kelham Island, Broomhill, Abbeydale and more), all with good public transport infrastructure and not far in a taxi ride!
The Beer House
Sheffield’s original micropub houses just 40 drinkers but they are well provided for with six handpulls. Focussing on Sheffield’s breweries you can expect to find Blue Bee, Bradfield, Stancill and Abbeydale in top form. (Ecclesall)
The Beer Engine
An ideal starter pub to begin exploring the Abbeydale and Heeley beer routes. Try their small plates and tapas offerings such as pan fired chorizo or spicy Korean chicken wings alongside a mighty fine beer. (London Road)
Nine hand pulls – including their individual house ale First Blonde (using Maris Otter malt and Cascade and Willamette hops) brewed at True North Brew Co – and eight keg lines showcasing forward thinking UK independent breweries make a trip out of town worthwhile! Great food menu which changes seasonally and a large beer garden. (Abbeydale)
Six hand pulls, including Brother’s Pale (4%) brewed by Bradfield. The interior is reassuringly relaxed and classic with black and white check flooring, wood paneling and an all-important dartboard. (Heeley)
The Closed Shop
Sitting opposite the Hallamshire House on Commonside the pub is now run by Stancill Brewery. Expect to find a host of Stancill beer on cask and a guest selection to boot. A warming ‘proper pub’ food menu has reinvigorated the venue recently, look out for vegan dishes too. Eight handpulls, four ciders and an intimate garden. (Walkley)
A new neighbourhood bar run with a good selection of keg lines and cheese toasties. You can find a bangin’ cocktail too (just saying!). (Abbeydale Road)
Just bridging the gap between the Kelham Island ale trail outskirts and Hillsborough – this community pub has a handy location right near a tram stop. Find friendly staff and a focus on cask ale and food. The conservatory area out the back has an airy feel and is perfect for a scenic pint. (Hillsborough)
The Hallamshire House
Thornbridge Brewery neighbourhood pub offering full size snooker table, outdoor garden enclave and a variety of Thornbridge and guest beers. (Walkley)
Once a Polish bar, new ownership and a name change bring a fresh focus. You can still find your fav Polish lager but now too a great craft beer offering and dumplings on the menu. (London Road > Abbeydale)
New Barrack Tavern
This ex-Castle Rock Brewery pub, now independently run, has a lively atmosphere – especially in the evening when the live bands come out. Expect to find Castle Rock, Bradfield Brewery and Acorn Brewery regularly on the bar along with a healthy keg and bottle beer selection. Simply put, just good beer! (Hillsborough)
Picture House Social
Head to the bar and you’ll find three handpulled guest ales. But if nothing takes your fancy there, check out Hop Hideout’s bottle selection. Curated by the local bottle shop, the list is constantly changing to keep up with the latest releases from across the world. (Abbeydale)
Wellbeck Abbey Brewery’s micro-pub tap, find Wellbeck ales and local cheeseboard offerings. (Ecclesall)
Traditional alehouse with a continental beer focus. Eight caks ales, conservatory and garden area to rear. Convivial and local. (Heeley)
New neighbourhood micropub in Crookes. Dog friendly. Check their website for opening hours before heading down. (Crookes)
Walkley Beer Co
Small but perfectly formed bottleshop and ‘micropub’ in Walkely on South Road. Mix of cask and keg draught, homebrew ingredients and bottle selection. (Walkley)
The White Lion
A friendly atmosphere and music orientated local pub with a focus on well-kept ales and live music. Usually have a vegan friendly beer on draught. Tiled exterior, snugs in front and good conversation at the bar. (Heeley)
The bar boasts seven hand-pulled ales from the finest breweries across the UK including some local to Sheffield. A world beer bottle selection covers Japan and Iceland and there’s a section dedicated to Germany, Belgium and America too. (Broomhill)