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19 Truly Fantastic Pubs In Sheffield

Drinks in the north.

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1. The Sheffield Tap

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Not your average railway station boozer, this one. Built within the station's old waiting room and first-class dining hall, this world beer specialist is as much a feast for the eyes as it is the palate. They brew beer on site (which you can watch from the comfort of your seat) and sell their own stuff on tap at more than reasonable prices. Look out for special events, meet-the-brewer nights, and an ever-changing selection of beers from around the globe.

2. The Riverside

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The clue is in the name, really. Idyllically located alongside the River Don, this place boasts one of the best beer gardens in the city. A good mix of beers, regular live music, and a kitchen run by The Twisted Burger Co. also help. The graffiti art is by local artist Phlegm.

3. Rutland Arms

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Real ale, craft beer, cider, and perry is pretty much the stock-in-trade of the Rutland Arms, alongside tasty pub grub. They have a heavily used jukebox, although keep an eye on their "Forbidden Music" list, which gets updated weekly with bands the staff are fed up of hearing.

4. Daisy's Bar

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"The Calm Above the Storm" is the tagline for Daisy's, and the storm refers to their other bar beneath them, The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is a busy city centre bar, and so upstairs they have created a place for solace. Daisy's is a cocktail bar that runs on table service and every customer has to have a seat to be served. It's only open Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm–3am, so booking is essential.

5. The Rising Sun

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Beer, beer, and more beer. This Abbeydale Brewery-run pub had, at last count, 14 hand pumps on, featuring their own beers as well as a series of guest ales. Various events take place too, including an annual beer fest, and every Friday Proove turn up to provide wood-fired pizza. This is also a very dog-friendly pub.

6. Picture House Social

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Ace cocktails and an ever-changing bottled beer menu courtesy of Hop Hideout are a couple of reasons to like Picture House Social. The amazing food, ping pong tables, DJs, a mini-cinema, outside terrace, and occasional live music are some of the others.

7. The Brothers Arms

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Walking up them is a perpetual pain, but one of the many benefits of Sheffield being so hilly is the views they create. The Brothers Arms, a great back-to-basics pub with good ale, pub games, Yorkshire tapas, and an impressive jukebox, has one of the best views in the city from its beer garden.

8. Walkley Beer Co.

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An off-licence with a difference. You can buy cans and bottles to take home but this place has thrown in a few benches and created a wonderfully cosy little bar by doing so, in which it sells both cask and bottled beers. Their cask beer is available to take home in two-pint cartons, or you can even bring in your own vessel to be filled.

9. The Old House

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Home to some of Sheffield's finest cocktails, this place has an excellent, ever-changing drinks menu. In particular, they are masters of gin and host a monthly gin school, and also run a gin festival. In fact, one of their bar staff got such a taste for it he's even gone on to start distilling his own, True North Gin, which is stocked behind the bar.

10. The Old Queens Head

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The Old Queens Head is the oldest domestic building in the entire city. It's thought that the timber that defines the pub's unique aesthetic character may date back as far as 1475.

11. The Wick at Both Ends

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If the mania of West Street gets a bit too much then The Wick at Both Ends should provide a handy place for respite. It serves great cocktails and food in a comfy and relaxing environment.

12. The Beer House

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Sheffield's first micropub. It may not be much bigger than a living room, but it packs in a lot of character and tasty beer. It's light and airy in summer and the real fire they've installed makes it nice and toasty in winter.

14. The Tramshed

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Bottles, wines, and spirits are the central focus of the Tramshed at present, with no beers on draught. However, they have such an extensive – and reasonably priced – selection that this shouldn't bother even the fussiest of beer drinkers.

15. The Fat Cat

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A traditional pub in the heart of Kelham Island (make sure you also check out the excellent Kelham Island Tavern and the Harlequin while you're there, too) with loads of great booze and cheap food. Check out their pub quiz on Monday nights, when beer brewed just around the corner is £1.50 a pint and you can get a curry (with sides!) for just £3.50. That's a meal and four pints for less than a tenner. Lovely little beer garden, too.

16. Shakespeare's

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If you like whiskies then this place is worth a visit as they stock over 120 of them, as well as loads of beers, ciders, perries, and spirits. They also have traditional pub games, a 1950s Seeburg jukebox, a cosy outside terrace, and a live gig room upstairs.

17. The Quays 1819

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Perfect for bringing a drink outside, sitting by the Victoria Quays, and taking in the canal boats and the city's skyline.

18. Bungalows & Bears

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Located bang in the middle of busy Division Street, this bar is located in the city's old fire station, so has a unique shape and charcater. There's regular live music, a host of eclectic DJs, and a variety of booze, from craft beers to cocktails.

19. The Sheaf View

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A real favourite amongst locals in Sheffield, The Sheaf View is a haven for both beer geeks and those watching the pursestrings. As it's in Sheffield, it's located on a hill, and it's not entirely uncommon to see someone go rolling down the steep grass slope in the beer garden, which functions as a sort of Henman Hill for summer drinking.

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