Great Places for Outdoor Drinks and Dining in Sheffield
Sheffield’s hospitality businesses have been working hard, to welcome you back safely to their outdoor spaces. Lots have been investing and upgrading to make the most of their alfresco space and make you feel at home as much as possible, while we regain a little normality to our social lives again.
There’s lots of great options across the city, but if you’re in need of some inspiration to help get you out there rediscovering the fantastic hospitality of Sheffield’s vibrant indie businesses, here’s a rundown to help...
Being a Beer City, Sheffield isn’t short of pubs with great beer gardens. Kelham Island is an urban beer garden hotspot with the likes of The Gardener’s Rest, The Riverside Kelham, The Fat Cat, The Millowner’s Arms and Kelham Island Tavern all boasting great spaces.
Elsehwere, The Broadfield (Abbeydale Road) has a deceptively large garden at the back, The Brother’s Arms (Heeley) garden has an impressive city view, as does the newly extended beer deck at The Punch Bowl (Crookes), while The Dorothy Pax and new bar True Loves look out onto the canal basin at Victoria Quays.
Less of a pub/bar, but equally boasting a nice green space with great city views to enjoy a drink, is South Street Kitchen at Park Hill. Meanwhile, further out of the city, pubs like The Nags Head, Three Merry Lads, The Plough Inn (Low Bradfield) and The Old Horns (High Bradfield) all have fantastic views of Sheffield’s rolling countryside.
Lots of Sheffield pubs have also been adapting their beers gardens to increase capacity and allow for social distancing. The Cricket Inn (Totley), Norfolk Arms (Ringinglow) and The Rising Sun (Fulwood Road) are just a couple of examples of pubs that have gone big and are introducing marquees, while Triple Point Brewery have also completely revamped their outdoor space. Meanwhile, micropub The Beer House on Ecclesall Road, has completely transformed the space at the rear of their building into a brand new beer garden.
The Forum Bar and Kitchen brings something of an urban beach vibe to their sizable space on the edge of Devonshire Green, while The Lost and Found has a large spacious terrace out front, overlooking the bustle of Eccelsall Road. Despite their main bar being situated under Abbeydale Picture House, Picture House Social has an inviting deck out back, which will also be hosting an exciting temporary pop-up from sister bar, Public.
Still perhaps a bit of a hidden gem, Orchard Terrace (above Orchard Square in the city centre) is a real sun trap, complete with colourful street art backdrop and home to street food style eateries, Terrace Goods and MacPot Kitchen. Similarly, OHM Food Yard at West One are serving up street food from a number of vendors on their dedicated terrace too.
For fine dining outside, Brocco Kitchen (Eccelsall Road), Piccolino Sheffield (city centre) and Lavang (Fulwood) all have comfortable terraces you can while away some time in.
Likewise, lots of Sheffield’s hotel restaurants are also making the most of their attractive grounds, such as Restaurant 1584 at Whitley Hall, Kenwood Hall Hotel and Mosborough Hall, all perfect places for afternoon teas. Leopold Square has long been an alfresco destination in Sheffield with a number of restaurants and bars making use of the square, including the Leopold Hotel and Cubana.
Given Sheffield’s heritage, there are plenty of businesses in Sheffield which have repurposed industrial spaces once occupied by workshops. Cobbled courtyards are therefore quite a common to these buildings, the bonus being that they create an inviting sheltered space for outdoor hospitality. Steam Yard is a prime example, alongside Birdhouse Tea Company and Tamper Coffee all in the city centre, where you can enjoy a warm beverage and a spot of brunch.
Repurposing its industrial buildings is what Kelham Island has become famed for in recent years, so naturally there are some great options in this part of the city, such as Sardinian restaurant Domo, Saw Grinders Union and Peddler Market who all optimise their courtyard spaces for drinking and dining.
The Bar at Yellow Arch Studio (also Kelham) have been busy making their courtyard a comfortable drinking spot, as have music venue Sidney and Matilda (city centre), who’ve been adapting to open up their unique outdoor space to more people.
Situated atop of Krynkl on the edge of Kelham Island, INC is a relaxing rooftop bar made entirely of shipping containers. It was Sheffield's first and only, until the new SteelYard Kelham complex opened last year, which is now also home to its own rooftop bar and music venue, Decks.
Not far from SteelYard, Sheffield’s stunning event space The Mowbray have been revamping their rooftop so they can host a series of summer BBQs and unique dining experiences up there. Coming later this summer, Alto is set to be the city’s newest rooftop bar when it opens atop of the newly renovated Cubo Works, on Carver Street (city centre).
Worth a mention for when they reopen later, Curzon Sheffield has surprisingly large rooftop terrace, while Nice Neighbourhood (Glossop Road) also has a fantastic rooftop garden, so we’re hoping to hear from them again soon.
Having plenty space to comfortably social distance is important and so this is a definite bonus to some of Sheffield’s larger spaces and complexes. Peddler Market already had one of the largest spaces in the city, but they’ve extended outside of the warehouse into their car park, to allow even more people to enjoy their rotating line-up of award-winning street food traders. Nearby shipping container complex, SteelYard Kelham, is another large space with an industrial feel, home to a variety of indie traders such as Icarus and Apollo, Workshop Koffee and Yard Burger.
A welcome addition to vibrant Sharrow Vale Road, Dyson’s Place also accommodates a variety of fantastic indie businesses that can be enjoyed in their attractive space, such as Olive & Joy, Tonco and Nam Song.
Elsewhere, legendary music venue, The Leadmill, have transformed a long stretch of pavement into a street side beer garden, while boutique bowling alley Lane 7, are taking over Plug nightclub’s outdoor space to create a huge pop-up beer garden. Even the World’s Oldest Football Club, Hallam FC, are getting in on the big beer garden action with the extension of their 1860 Bar outside.