8 Pubs In Sheffield You Need To Visit During Your Uni Years

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There are some fantastic pubs in Sheffield. Whether you like your real ale pubs, the traditional old public houses that have old men at the bar telling stories that showcase the fabric of the city, or you are looking for a student pub that you can call home during your time living in student accommodation in Sheffield, there is something for everyone.

We’ve put together a list of 8 of the best pubs in Sheffield that you need to visit during your time living in the city as a student.

1. The Cavendish

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Located on the busy West Street, in front of Portland Tower, and not far from our Straits Manor student accommodation, The Cavendish is an institution. 

It is one of the best places for you to start any night out on the town in Sheffield. If you want to get some food before you start drinking, the pub grub on offer is pretty good, with a wide range of drinks including cocktails, craft beers and everything in between to cater for your needs, all at a decent price. 

The Cavendish is massive, with plenty of space for you to find a comfy spot for a few hours, whether you want to play a game of pool, some darts or even the slot machines inside, eat a big Sunday roast in the booths by the front window, or head to the big beer garden out the back when the sun is out. 

It is also one of the best places to watch live sport on the big screens throughout the pub.

2. The Wick at Both Ends

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Another pub on the busy West Street, The Wick at Both Ends is one of the special pubs in Sheffield. In fact, it even won the prestigious ‘Best Bar’ award as recently as 2018 at the Sheffield Social Awards. 

It is an incredibly warm and welcoming place, an experience of a proper local English pub, with a fresh pint pulled as soon as you walk in the door, from staff who are as much a part of the experience as the drinks! 

It serves a range of beers from all round the world, a fine selection of ale, amazing cocktails, and you must try the flaming lemon drizzle shots (a famous part of any Sheffield night out!).

3. Bungalows and Bears

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Division Street is one of the lively places for a night out, with some of the best pubs in Sheffield, alongside bars and clubs. 

Bungalows and Bears is a pub that has been at the top of the pile for as long as we can remember, before the rest of Sheffield caught up. 

For students in the city, take a glimpse into a world of comfort and intimacy like no other pub in the Steel city. 

It is a very popular place, but it’s not overwhelming. Come with a group of friends and end up staying the whole night, you’ll love it so much. 

Bungalows and Bears also has live music performances regularly, on an intimate stage that adds to the ambience.

4. Molly Malones

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The booming West Street is home to Molly Malones, home of a great pint of Guinness and a wild night out. If you live at our Loft Works student accommodation, you’re just a short walk from the action. 

It’s a big, bright, colourful, loud, and fun Irish pub, with cushioned seats and wood panelling at every turn. 

The entertainment is what makes it though, as you all know what an Irish pub looks like. 

There’s live music in the pub 3 nights a week from 9.30pm, live sports on the big screens every day, and the food is good pub grub too. Molly Malones is one of those pubs in Sheffield where you know exactly what you’re getting, it’s loads of fun, and you always leave with a big smile on your face.

5. The Sheffield Tap

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Our Crown House student accommodation in Sheffield is just a few short stops away from The Sheffield Tap on Sheaf Street, one of the most unique pubs in Sheffield, or anywhere for that matter. 

The tap opened in 2009 within the original First-Class refreshment room for Sheffield Midland Station, which had been built in 1904. 

The award-winning restoration has retained many original features and it is a truly stunning place to have a pint of beer. 

Located within the railway station, it is often the first pub on a crawl in Sheffield, as it is also in the perfect location to get on the tram system. 

The pub has an on-site micro-brewery that makes some delicious pints, alongside ale from local and national breweries. The Sheffield Tap is one for the purists.

6. The Itchy Pig

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A little bit out of the city centre, on Glossop Road, The Itchy Pig has the motto “Hail the Ale”, which pretty much sums up the experience of this classic Sheffield pub. It is a micro-pub, delivering punters its own ales, alongside some of the best examples of beer from other places locally and further afield in the UK. 

As independent pubs in Sheffield go, the owners are fantastic here, passionate about the beer and food they serve up, and it really does show in the standard on offer. 

If you want to play fun pub games, snack away whilst supping the perfect pint, and catching up with some mates, The Itchy Pig is the pub for you.

7. The Riverside

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The Riverside is a little out of the city centre in Kelham Island, on Mowbray Street. It’s a big venue, the perfect spot to celebrate with friends, to hang out in the beer garden during the summer months, to celebrate the end of exams, and it provides a great setting for group tasting events. 

The ‘High Beer’ events are something else, providing something different than the bog standard student night out, where groups of between 5 and 30 people can taste 6 different real ales for just a tenner. 

Add a fiver on to the bill and you get a ploughman’s lunch thrown in as well!

8. The Beer Engine

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Cemetery Road is the location of The Beer Engine, not too far a walk from our student accommodation in the Steel City

There is a proper student atmosphere here, and it is one of the best pubs in Sheffield with a student price tag attached to drinks. 

Pints start at a low price, and it is a really relaxed venue, with a quirky and charming décor inside. 

You’ll get to try some of the most innovative beer from cask and craft breweries around the country, and not only that but the food is tasty too. 

On Monday’s there is a 2-4-1 on tapas to help you along with your beers! If you are after some casual dining with a couple of friends, in an atmospheric pub with candles and a light feel, The Beer Engine is the place for you.

Here are 8 of the best pubs in Sheffield for you to visit during your time in university in this fantastic city. We’ve covered a few of the real ale gems, Irish bars for live music and raucous entertainment, and all within easy reach of our student accommodation in Sheffield.