Essential Live Music Venues in Sheffield

Jan 9, 2018

The Steel City has an ever-growing music scene. Its reasonable size and wealth of students make it a popular venue for bands looking to make it big. Check out these classic venues for great live music in Sheffield:

Blues Bar Ltd

A midrange Caribbean restaurant by day, by night Blues turns into a rocking ‘n’ rolling live venue for music in Sheffield.

A proper sticky-floor style venue, with buckets of charm.

The music is usually Americana themed, and this is one of the few places in town you can partner jerk chicken and finger-picking blues.

3 Spooner Rd, Sheffield S10 5BL (bluessheffield)

Bungalows & Bears

More of a former fire station than a bungalow, this bar and restaurant is a favourite with the indie crowd.

One of the places you go to catch the next big thing, the intimate size leads to an atmosphere that you could just (ahem) set alight.

Central Fire Station, 50 Division St, Sheffield S1 4GF (bungalowsandbears)

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Picturehouse Social

Once upon a time, you’d be catching the latest Marvel movie at this former cinema.

These days, Picturehouse Social is one of the most vibrant places for music in Sheffield.

A small venue, you can get right up to the stage if you want. There’s also pizza and a games room for those who want a break mid-party.

383 Abbeydale Rd, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1FS (picture-house-social)

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The Shakespeare

If the Bard had ever turned his hand to music, this is the venue you’d find him at.

A proper boozer, The Shakespeare sports one of the best ranges of craft beer in town, as well as regular folk music gigs.

So, you can settle in for German craft bottle and a night of folky songwriting. 

146-148 Gibraltar Street, Sheffield, S3 8UB (shakespeares)

The Leadmill

The Leadmill is a name that will be instantly recognisable to music fans across the nation.

One of the North’s most iconic venues, this vast musical arena has provided a stepping stone to some of the UK’s most famous acts including Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, and Pulp.

6 Leadmill Rd, Sheffield S1 4SE (leadmill)

The Harley

Part hotel, part boisterous music venue. A popular student dig, this stalwart of the Sheffield scene puts on a banging club night.

334 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2HW (theharley)

Dove & Rainbow

If you regularly don heavy leathers and ride a motorbike, then this is the place for you. Dove & Rainbow is a classic dark and dingy rock bar, a rough exterior with a heart of gold.

2 Hartshead Square, Sheffield S1 2FD (doveandrainbow)

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