After a long working day, there’s always Happy Hour to look forward to. What’s better than that? COCKTAIL TIME, of course! David Craig gets shaken and stirred at a few of the choice venues Sheffield has to offer
Address: Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 2LG
About: Public has quickly established itself as one of the most unique bar experiences in the city. The innovative owners transformed a disused gents’ toilets under the Town Hall into a luxurious place to enjoy a refreshing beverage. So much so, that the venue was named Best Place to Drink in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2018.
Address: Unit 5A & 5B Leopold Square, Sheffield S1 2JG
About: This Leopold Square favourite has built a reputation for their interesting cocktails that experiment with natural juices and flavors. Those looking for a drink with a distinctly fruity punch need look no further, while the venue also boasts live music and a beautiful décor inspired by the modern botanical garden.
Address: Leopold Square, 7a Leopold Street, Sheffield S1 2GY
About: With its slick bright red interior, Kuckoo makes a big impression from the moment you step through the door. That only continues after a glimpse at their expansive cocktail list, which includes both original creations and fresh takes on older drinks (which the menu sassily refers to as “Bastardised Classics”). Our Jill Theobald is a fan of the drinks and the tunes (indie/rock – there’s a portrait of Dave Grohl as Jesus by the entrance) although on one visit she did set a napkin alight with one of the flaming cocktails…thanks again to the quick skills of the bartender for averting disaster!
The Wick at Both Ends
Address: 149-151 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EW
About: The Wick at Both Ends stands out as a venue slightly removed from the general chaos of a night on West Street. The bar serves up a delicious and varied list of cocktails, with an extended happy hour taking place between five and nine o’clock on weekdays. The “Not for Kids” selection is filled with unique treats, featuring an array of sweet flavours sure to recall your misspent youth.
The Great Gatsby
Address: 73-75 Division Street, Sheffield S1 4GE
About: This stylish bar on the corner of Division Street offers a nice selection of cocktails, including our own Phil Turner’s favourite – Amaretto Sour. Some are quite amusingly titled – be sure to take full advantage of the comedic potential while ordering at the bar. Happy hour is between 4pm and 7pm on weekdays and all day long on Sundays. It is a day of rest after all.
Address: 129 Devonshire Street, Sheffield S3 7SB
About: Perfectly located right next to Devonshire Green, the Forum is a great place to go on a warm summer’s evening. Order one of the classic cocktails on offer and take a seat in the generous outdoor seating area. What better way to cap off another successful day?
Picture House Social
Address: 383 Abbeydale Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1FS
About: Based in the historic Abbeydale Picture House, these cocktails are award-winning and show charming attention to detail – what else would you expect from the owners of Public? At Picture House Social, a selection of the cocktails on offer are inspired by the favourite flavours of local Sheffield businesses, with happy hour between 5-7pm from Monday to Thursday.
Address: Leopold Square, Sheffield S1 2JG
About: With its Tiki bar aesthetic, Bamboo Door is yet another Sheffield drinking spot that provides visual treats as well as the alcoholic kind. There’s a range of cocktails to choose from and occasionally whole themed nights based around them. Most recently, they held an evening to celebrate National Pineapple Day full of drinks made using everyone’s favourite prickly fruit.
Slug & Lettuce
Address: 18 Holly Street, Sheffield S1 2GT
About: Sheffield’s newly opened Slug and Lettuce branch is a nice new venue in the heart of the city centre. Alongside a classic cocktail menu, they also offer a self-proclaimed cocktail “masterclass” that can be booked in advance to get you mixing beverages yourself. Give someone a cocktail and they’ll drink for a day, teach someone to make cocktails and they can drink for a lifetime! Inspiring.
Address: 117 Rockingham Street, Sheffield S1 4EB
About: Soyo is a fun and brightly coloured venue that blurs the line between bar and club. Their collection of well-made cocktails makes them a nice place to enjoy a drink in the early evening, while those who want to stay out late will find a large dancefloor on which to boogie the night away.
Revolucion de Cuba
Address: 1 Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 4DT
About: Hidden just a little off West Street, there lies a little slice of Cuba housed in a converted old tram shed. Revolucion De Cuba is a large bar and restaurant that serves up some delicious cocktails, many (but not all) being rum based creations. Personal recommendation goes to the Strawberry Daiquiri, which is the alcohol infused slushy you never knew you wanted.
Address: Unit 2, NUM Building, 18 Holly Street, Sheffield S1 2GT
About: The Caribbean themed restaurant and bar has some delicious tropical cocktail offerings and an ambitious happy “hour” that runs from 11:30am until 7pm and starts again at 10pm right up until close. The Koko Kolada is definitely a highlight, a delicious coconutty treat for fans of the divisive drupe.
Address: 182 West Street, Sheffield S1 4ET
About: With its retro interior within a converted pub, Bloo 88 vividly stands out from the other bars on West Street. They also offer a cocktail masterclass and have a private party room that fits up to 20 people. Pop in between 4:30pm and 9:30pm to enjoy an extended happy hour and maybe even one of their reputable pizzas.
Address: Unit 4, Leopold Street, Sheffield S1 2GT
About: Another great outlet to be found in Leopold Square, Cubana is a cocktail bar bursting with Latin culture from the cuisine right down to the music. Get there before 6pm to enjoy discounted prices and be sure to try some of their authentic tapas with your beverage.
Address: The Plaza, Units 1&2, Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield S1 4JL
About: Revolution is another superbly versatile venue. Alongside a fantastic selection of cocktails (which are two for one before 7pm, Sunday to Friday), they also have a delicious food menu to choose from. Get there earlier for a relaxing drink and bite, or later to see the lights go down and the music go up.
Bar and Beyond
Address: 173-179 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EW
About: A West Street behemoth, Bar and Beyond is a great place for a cocktail party, particularly on the weekend. Fridays see happy hour extend from 5pm until midnight, while on Saturdays it’s 11pm until 3am! Perfect if you and some friends want to keep the drinks flowing right through to the wee hours of the morn. Just don’t drink so many that the wee hours take on a different meaning.