Sheffield is wonderful, and if you’re new here it’s easy to fall into a habit of visiting the same places and doing the same things you did at home, but you definitely shouldn’t!
Sheffield is the home of steel right? But what a lot of people don’t know about is the wonderful thriving independent scene we have. So, I’m here to give you five brilliant and different nights out in Sheffield to suit whatever mood you’re in.
We’re incredibly spoilt in Sheffield for brilliant places to see movies so it all depends on your style. I personally am a complete movie buff and pay for a monthly subscription to Cineworld which is based at Valley Centertainment and surrounded by restaurants and fun things to do like bowling and arcades. Cineworld without a doubt has the best cinematic experience with choices such as IMAX, 4DX, ScreenX or VIP to enjoy your film.
If you prefer a cosier feel then look no further than the Curzon, with three screens holding around 60 people in each it’s based in a beautiful Grade II listed building and even has a rooftop terrace which is beautiful on summer evenings.
The newest addition to the cinema experience in Sheffield is The Light Cinema which is a nine-screen multiplex that combines the cosier feeling of the Curzon with the wow factor of Cineworld with some lovely touches, such as plush reclining seats and more legroom than anyone would ever need.
The Curzon and The Light are both city-centre based so perfect for food and drinks before or after the showing.
As I mentioned, the independent scene in Sheffield is wonderful and food is no different. You can always find somewhere new to go to suit every budget. One of the best places in Sheffield to enjoy lots of different independent foods is Peddler Market – hosted the first Friday / Saturday of every month it really can’t be missed for its excellent combination of good street food and top-notch entertainment.
If you can’t wait for the start of the month, then why not visit Cutlery Works. Billed as Sheffield’s largest dining experience – in fact it’s the largest foodhall in the North of England and spread across two floors are a mix of unique and independent restaurants. It has such a lovely vibe with each vendor having its own identity, but the dining experience has a very social feel. Keep an eye on my own Eat Sheffield feature to find reviews of other places to eat in Sheffield during your stay.
Sheffield has a wonderful nightlife I think the best word to describe it is eclectic. There are lots of venues for live music like the Historic Sheffield Leadmill – the place Arctic Monkeys held some of their first most intimate gigs.
For more local bands and amateur music definitely visit West Street Live or if you fancy giving it a go yourself then Kmax is a fab dedicated karaoke bar for you all to live your Beyonce fantasies. I recommend keeping an eye on Skiddle for events and queue jumps.
Sheffield is arguably the home of football with the oldest football team in the world being Sheffield FC – now whilst their home stadium is currently in Derbyshire, you do have two other excellent choices in Sheffield United or Sheffield Wednesday for an evening’s entertainment.
With most Saturday games finishing early evening, look no further than the Sheffield Arena, the home of the Sheffield Steelers, for your next sporting fix. If you’ve never been to an ice hockey game it’s super fun, pretty cheap to attend and very inclusive.
You could then finish your night off in a sports bar such as Common Room and shoot some pool while reflecting over the sport you’ve watched that day.
This a different choice for an evening out, but one that’s full of fun. There’s lots to do at Meltdown for the video gamers amongst you, from casual playing or even participating in a tournament.
One of my favourite places in Sheffield is the Treehouse board game café. Opened in 2017, it’s been a regular haunt of mine. It’s a huge bright space with cute furniture and over 300 table-top games to choose from. Food and drink are locally-sourced and they run regular events to decide on new gaming editions or tournaments of more challenging games. Open well into the evening it’s a delightfully casual place where you can make friends and have fun.
Written by Sheffield-based blogger and writer, Alice in Sheffield