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! Venues by A to Z, neighbourhood listed in brackets at end of descritption.
The Ale Club
Adding to the micro-pub trail on Eccy Road, this laidback and friendly spot is run by the team behind The Brew Foundation. Sit in the window and watch the world go by. (Ecclesall)
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)
The Itchy Pig
Micro-pub based in vibrant Broomhill, with an eclectic mix of locals and students. Focus on cask ale and convivial conversation. The penny bar is (Broomhill)
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)
Neighbourhood craft beer and vegan pizza offering. Situated next to the White Lion and run by the same team behind this local boozer.
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)
Craft beer bar newly opened in late 2019 along Abbeydale Road. Outside seating and regularly changing beers on tap.
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)