There’s a number of quality pubs that have a great selection on whisky served by knowledgeable staff. This is a few of our favourites, listed in alphabetical order. If you can recommend a venue not here then get in touch!
The Bath Hotel – 66-68 Victoria Street, Town Centre. S3 7QL 0114 249 5151
Acquired by Thornbridge from long standing publican and local Sheffield hero Brian. Brian always stocked a tidy little range of whiskies (around 30 or so) along the top of the bar, from old standards to more obscure distilleries, at more than reasonable prices. Nice real ale and a lovely atmosphere. Great to get away from the hordes in the town centre. Hopefully Thornbridge will keep up with whisky prices and range.
The Blake Hotel – 53 Blake St, Upperthorpe. S6 3JQ. 0114 2339336
Fantastic selection of around 140+ whiskies. Possibly the largest selection in Sheffield. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Lots of rare and unique bottles. Range also includes great American, Irish and World Whiskies. Regular whisky tasting night once a month. Real Ale, Continental beers, amazing views from the beer garden over Sheffield. Dogs welcome. No food.
The Broadfield – 452 Abbeydale Rd. S7 1FR. 0114 2550200
Vast selection of single malts with a whisky from (almost) every operational Scottish malt distillery. Over 100 whiskies to choose from with a helpful distillery map. Real ales and Continental beers. One side is dedicated to pub food – impressive and great value menu with focus on quality pies and sausages. Really nicely planted beer garden with some fantastic hanging baskets. Run regular, intimate whisky tasting sessions in their top function room. Incredibly professional, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable bar staff so it comes as no surprise they were winner of 2013 Great British Pub Award for Best Bar Team. One of the best pubs in Sheffield.
The Hallamshire House – 49-51 Commonside, Walkely. S10 1GF. 0114 266 4466
Thornbridge run pub – cask ale and also innovation key keg serve. Great whisky selection with standards and some more obscure treats from Bruichladdich and Springbank. Mainly Scotch with some American thrown in too. About 30+ and range slowly expanding. No food served.
The Harlequin – 8 Nursery St, Kelham Island. S3 8GG. 0114 2758195.
Great pub just outside the Kelham Island area. Fantastic range of real ales and continental lagers. Previous winner of Sheffield CAMRA cider pub of the year. Brewery Tap for the Brew Co. products too. Serious selection of American bottled ales. Great back bar including a host of whisky and a lot of interesting gins and rums. Run frequent tasting sessions. Food including generous roasts on a weekend. Live music too.
The Red Deer – 18 Pitt St, Town Centre. S1 4DD. 0114 2722890
Town centre pub with 8 hand-pulled exceptionally well kept ales. Food. Nice little beer garden. Perfect town centre pub on a side street away from the hordes. Cracking little whisky selection covering all areas of Scotland and some rarities and specialist stuff too.
The Riverside – 1 Mowbray Street. Kelham Island. S3 8EN. 0114 281 3621
Real ale, craft beers, food and one of the very few pubs in Sheffield to have a lovely riverside setting. Run by a whisky enthusiast with about a dozen or so whiskies at reasonable prices including some interesting items too.
The Rutland Arms– 86 Brown St. S1 2BS. Town Centre. 0114 2729003.
Long-time favourite real ale boozer in Sheffield’s “Cultural Industries Quarter”. Very close to Showroom Cinema and the train station. Essential pre-Leadmill drinks and meeting place. Lovely inner-city beer garden, real ales and fantastic quality food. Superb burgers last time we tried. 30 or so Whiskies including Yamazaki range and rare and individual independent Adelphi bottles. Run occasional whisky tasting evenings too.
Shakespeare’s – 146-148 Gibralter St, Kelham Island. S3 8UB. 0114 2755959.
Beautifully restored former coaching inn. Lots of little rooms and snugs including a large bier-keller style room. A large range of guest real ales, ciders and bottled beers. Great selection of whisky (80+) including a lot of independent bottles and more usual distilleries. Large live music venue upstairs. A secluded beer garden to the rear is a contender for possibly the best beer garden in Sheffield, especially as it tends to get the sun. No food but cheap sandwiches. Recently won Sheffield CAMRA pub of the year and deservedly so.
The Sheaf View – 25 Gleadless Rd, Heeley. S2 3AA. 0114 2496455.
Long running established real ale haven with Sheffield’s original large whisky selection. Well over 80+ whiskies. Scottish single malts, good Irish and American selection and independent bottled malts. Some very rare whiskies at incredibly cheap prices. Lots of real ale and continental beers and lagers. Very busy at weekends and in summer. Dogs allowed. No Children. No food.
The White Lion – 615 London Road, Heeley. S2 4HT. 0114 255 1500
Fifty whiskies are listed with firm favourites to the more obscure. Great range and very well priced. Proper local boozer with original and traditional decor. Has kept all the snug rooms when most would have taken them out creating a unique drinking experience. Very well kept real ale. Live music at weekends.
The Wig and Pen – 44 Campo Lane, Town Centre. S1 2EG.
Cosy food led operation, recently taken over by the Milestone. Lovely decorated Georgian building that backs onto Paradise Square. Not cheap but quality and service should be good. New website doesn’t list whisky selection but used to have an interesting range with a selection of independent bottles.
The York – 243-247 Fulwood Road, Broomhill. S10 3BA. 0114 266 4624
Run by the Form group (Broadfield, Old House, Comon Room). Around 25+ whiskies. More foodie based than the Broadfield, served up from a semi-open kitchen. Great service and knowledgeable bar staff. Real ales and continental lagers, reasonable wine list. Fantastic refurbishment and decor. Kids welcome.