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Sheffield has a plentiful supply of pubs and bars to eat and drink in, catering for all moods and occasions. However certain parts of the city are best for certain styles of venue.
The Kelham Island area. Just outside the City Centre, hosts a number of traditional pubs serving craft beers, including many from local real ale breweries, at a reasonable price. The original such pub, the Fat Cat is on Alma Street. This is an old fashioned pub with a kiosk bar serving multiple rooms with beers including some from the neighbouring Kelham Island Brewery. The pub also has a pleasant outdoor drinking area. At meal times cheap simple food is offered, including vegetarian and vegan options.
Other traditional pubs in the Kelham Island area serving real ales include the Harlequin, the Kelham Island Tavern, The Riverside, a charity owned pub offering live music and arts events, The Shakespeare on Gibralta Street and in the area you also have The Wellington and the Gardeners Rest. Just up the road on Solly Street you'll find one of Sheffield's well established music venues, The Redhouse and further out is the infamous Harley, sister venue to The Wick at Both ends on West St. To access the Kelham area by tram, alight at the Shalesmoor stop, where you can walk up into town stopping off at some of the places mentioned; alternatively you can alight at the University tram stop or West Street if you fancy a walk down. Real ales are also available in the city centre at Henry's, The Devonshire Cat and The Red Deer.
There are a number of good beer pubs in the suburbs too, a guide book written by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale is available to buy in a number of venues showing all these pubs. In particular the Greystones (Greystones Road) and the Cremorne (London Road) are both worth a visit. Whilst in the London Road area it's worth a further trip down onto Abbeydale Road to check out the recently (at the time of writing) refurbished Broadfield pub which offers good food and world craft beers.
In the City Centre, the lively bars are along West Street, with venues such as the Cavendish and Varsity catering for students with special offers on food and drink, live music at venues such as The Hop, Soyo and West Street Live and a party atmosphere in venues such as the Reflex bar.
Division Street is also lively, but with a more relaxed vibe. The Old House is a small bar where during the day you can enjoy table service of home cooked food and craft beers and by night dance to the music the DJ plays and work your way through the cocktail list. The Common Room is an American style pool hall and sports bar and Bungalows & Bears is a big, laid back bar with music where the Indie types hang out and trendy new bands play their stuff.
Away from the City Centre crowds in the 'Cultural Industries Quarter' are a number of other pubs and bars. On the railway station is the Sheffield Tap World Beer Free House, this restored Edwardian building boasts a massive range of both draft and bottled beers from around the world and knowledgeable staff. On Brown Street near Hallam University's Student Union is the Rutland Arms, a traditional pub run by a young team with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, home cooked food, mainly local beers, traditional ciders and a little bit of humour.
Most bars open until 11pm Sunday to Wednesday and midnight Thursday to Saturday, although some open later, principally those around the Division Street area.
There are many varied free festivals, fetes and markets running throughout the year: Heeley City Farm Festival, Peace in the Park (at the Ponderosa), Tramlines Music Festival, Sharrow Festival, Netheredge Farmers Market, After Dark Fireworks display, Fright Night Halloween and many more!
Sheffield's nightlife also includes various theatres, live music venues and nightclubs such as Plug, The Leadmill, DQ, and Penelopes as well as various studios and community projects which run events from time to time: CADS/DLS, Yellow Arch Studios and Hagglers Corner to name a few.