In 2016 the University of Sheffield published the Beer Report, claiming that Sheffield is one of the world’s best beer cities. With 23 breweries and over 400 unique beers available every day Sheffield is building a reputation for its many breweries and accompanying pubs. But which stand out from the crowd? Here are some of the best pubs in Sheffield.

1. Kelham Island Tavern

Kelham Island Tavern Sheffield
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Address:62 Russell St, Sheffield S3 8RW

Described by one TripAdvisor user as a ‘Great pub, like they used to be int owd days’, the tavern has all the charm of an old school pub. But don’t take the word of one reviewer. The pub has won a Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) award celebrating good beer, quality and service 16 times since 2004. Saved from dereliction in 2002 the tavern has risen from the ashes with live music, quizzes and a cosy beer garden. All of which can be enjoyed with a selection of 12 cast beers. This pub is loved by locals and critics alike and with a 4.5 star TripAdvisor rating, it’s worth a visit.

2. Riverside Kelham

Riverside Kelham Sheffield
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Address: 1 Mowbray St, Neepsend, Sheffield S3 8EN

Also at Kelham Island is Riverside Kelham, a True North Brew Co pub serving modern pub grub. True North Brew Co has been serving some of Sheffield’s most popular pubs since the early 90s and Riverside is no exception. The beer garden overlooks the River Don and houses artwork from local muralist Phelgm as well as a bright neon sign perfect for Instagram. Inside, there’s a fire ready for colder weather and events almost everyday, from quizzes to DJ sets. The menu offers pub classics and Sunday roasts amongst the more unconventional pastas and burgers. Overall, Riverside is a unique, aesthetically pleasing pub deserving of the detour out of the city centre.

3. The Closed Shop

The Closed Shop Sheffield
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Address: 52-54 Commonside, Sheffield S10 1GG

Located in Crookesmoor, the main student area for the University of Sheffield, The Closed Shop is a favourite of both students and locals. Not only do they serve a great variety of real ale from Stancill Brewery. They also have an extensive menu suitable for all dietary requirements. Every day there is a different offer ranging from £5 cocktail Fridays to Shot Saturdays. It has a four star rating on TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why. The cosy interior gives way to a large beer garden where you can enjoy various bar snacks and beers available whilst looking over to our next choice.

4. The Hallamshire House

The Hallamshire House Sheffield
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Address: 49 Commonside, Sheffield S10 1GF

Directly opposite The Closed Shop and affectionately known as ‘Hally House’, this pub is also a student favourite and rivals it’s neighbour with a 4.5 star rating. The Thornbridge Brewery Pub has various board games and a pool table, or if that’s not your cup of tea, try their quiz night. Outside, a colourful mural leads you to the hidden beer garden. Unlike the Closed Shop, The Hallamshire House does not serve food but why not enjoy a beer there and see which is better for yourself?

5. The Gardener’s Rest

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Address: 105 Neepsend Ln, Neepsend, Sheffield S3 8AT

Although linked to Sheffield Brewery Tap, this pub is a community enterprise and an established part of the Neepsend community with its easy going vibes and traditional feel. The pub was awarded Best Pub Sheffield North in both 2019 and 2020 due to its community focus and commitment to real ale. Aside from this, the pool table, riverside beer garden, live music and frequent beer festivals make it a local attraction, earning its 4.5 star TripAdvisor rating.

6. The Itchy Pig

Itchy Pig Sheffield
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Address: 495 Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2QE

Just down the road from University of Sheffield accommodation this micropub is small but mighty. This is evident from its 5 star TripAdvisor rating and the Best Pub Sheffield West Award from both 2020 and 2019. It is one of few micro pubs in the city, famed for its ‘Pig of Doom’ Pork scratchings and pig themed decoration. Top this off with its selection of board games and penny bartop and you have one of Sheffield’s most unique venues.

7. The Nottingham House

The Nottingham House Sheffield
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Address: 164 Whitham Rd, Sheffield S10 2SR

Every Sheffield student has treated their parents to a Notty House pie. At £8.95 for a delicious homemade pie, chips/mash, peas and lashings of gravy, The Nottingham House is a hit with every generation. The list of pies is extensive and varied, making it Sheffield’s number one homemade pie pub. Sit inside and enjoy your meal with a board game or outside under their fairy light adorned gazebo. If you haven’t tried a Notty House Pie and are dribbling just reading this, get yourself to Whitham Road as soon as possible.

8. The Beer House

Beer House Sheffield
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Address: 623 Ecclesall Rd, Sharrow, Sheffield S11 8PT

The second micropub on this list but the first in Sheffield, The Beer House is a local favourite. The pub, located on Ecclesall Road is surrounded by many impressive independent bars and restaurants but is known for its quiet atmosphere and friendly service. Recently, the venue found fame when it denied service to someone who refused to sign up to track and trace, reflecting the pubs’ commitment to the community. It has also enjoyed four years on the Guardian’s Good Beer Guide and has a 4.5 star visitor rating.

9. The Red Deer

The Red Deer Sheffield
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Address: 18 Pitt St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 4DD

Nestled between the University of Sheffield’s campus and the city centre, the Red Deer is a longstanding Sheffield Pub, dating back to 1825. Known for its friendly atmosphere and traditional feel, the pub has won CAMRA’s pub of the month award six times. Moreover, the pub immediately attracts visitors due to its impressive mural by artist Frau Isa, installed in 2016. Offering a variety of food and Sunday Roasts the Red Deer is a great option for all tastes.

10. Shakespeare’s

Shakespeare’s Sheffield
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Address: 46-148 Gibraltar St, Sheffield S3 8UB

Found on the A61 going out of Sheffield you might miss Shakespeare’s, however this classic pub, originally a Georgian Coaching Inn, has a lot to offer. Since it’s renovation in 2011 Shakespeare’s has served over 6000 cask ales, showing the variety on offer. Upstairs, you can find the Bard’s Bar which frequently hosts live music. Downstairs, you can take part in the Thursday night quiz with its infamous Shakespeare round and see performances of local folk music. With a 4.5 star rating Shakespeare’s is not to be ignored.

Last Updated on January 24, 2024