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18 of the Best Beer Gardens in Sheffield

18 of the Best Beer Gardens in Sheffield

Is there anything better than sitting outside with the sun beaming down on you, a refreshing drink in one hand and a forkful of [insert something tasty here] in the other? We may not be a nation known for our al fresco dining scene but Sheffield sure is equipped for it! And we all know British weather is temperamental at best, so let’s make the most of it when the sun does decide to make an appearance eh? Here’s a round-up of 18 of the Best Beer Gardens in Sheffield. Cheers!

The Gardeners Rest - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

The Gardeners Rest

‘More than a pub, a community hub’. This Sheffield favourite situated down in Neepsend is the city’s first community-owned pub which shows just how special this venue is to locals. Expect high-quality pints, both local and nationwide from small independent breweries and live music on the weekends. The easy-going vibe combined with its Alice in Wonderland-esque garden looking over the River Don makes it a must-go venue. If you’re looking for the best beer gardens in Sheffield, this has to be on your list.

105 Neepsend Ln, S3 8AT – 0114 272 4978 

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Specialising in excellent Sardinian cuisine, this family-run restaurant, bar and deli have been a real hit with Sheffielders since joining the community. The building is nestled inside the iconic Eagle Works building and you can sit in their outdoor terrace to enjoy plate after plate of delicious traditional fare with your aperitivo of choice. Fresh produce is sourced from local suppliers and the rest is imported directly from Sardinia. Buon appetito!

34-36 Cotton Mill Walk, S3 8DH – 0114 322 1020

The Riverside Kelham. Best beer gardens in Sheffield

The Riverside Kelham

Another iconic Sheffield venue, The Riverside plays host to many post-work pints and you don’t even need to move as they also serve top-notch pub fare to soak up the booze. We’re talking burgers, pies, pasta, fish & chips and a mighty fine Sunday roast with vegan options too! The outdoor area has views overlooking the water making it the perfect place to bask in the sun. You can even book the venue for a banging BBQ party! Send us an invite yeah?

1 Mowbray Street, S3 8EN – 0114 272 4640

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INC. Bar

This guide to the best beer gardens in Sheffield wouldn’t be complete without the city’s first rooftop bar now, would it? The building is made entirely from upcycled shipping containers and is home to a fantastic gin menu, alongside cocktails, spritzes and craft beer. They even have a wood-fired burner and provide blankets for those chilly evenings which is a pretty magical experience under those twinkly lights, I have to say.

294 Shalesmoor, S3 8UL 

The Brothers Arms - Sheffields best beer gardens

The Brothers Arms

Sitting on one of Sheffield’s many hills, this old school Heeley boozer is named after the legendary Everly Pregnant Brothers which includes artist Pete McKee and his son. You’ll be joined by a mix of locals and real ale enthusiasts, all united by their love of fine beer. The beer garden gives you access to an excellent view of the city spanning out to the peaks. It was also awarded Sheffield’s favourite dog-friendly beer garden in 2020. Dogs and booze – what more could ya want?! One of the best beer gardens in Sheffield with stunning views to match.

106 Well Rd, S8 9TZ – 0114 258 3544

Kelham Island Tavern - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

Kelham Island Tavern

Kelham Island Tavern boasts many CAMRA awards for both Sheffield and Yorkshire and it’s not surprising really with the quality and variety of its cask ale offerings. Combining the best of the old and new beer worlds. They’ve got live music, quiz nights, plenty of seating and lots of friendly faces. No real ale trail is complete without a pit stop at this drinking hole.

62 Russell St, S3 8RW – 0114 272 2482 

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The Forum - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

The Forum

Right in the heart of the city centre next to Devonshire Green, The Forum kitchen + bar opens from 10 am for a slap-up breakfast right through to 3 am after transforming into a late-night bar. Be sure to check out their range of dishes to feed the masses as well as their bottomless brunch. They have a covered marquee area for when it inevitably starts raining and a section right by the park to pitch up on a sunny afternoon, complete with deck chairs! Possibly the best beer garden in Sheffield if you’re not looking to stray too far from town.

127-129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB, 0114 280 8227 

The Fat Cat - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

The Fat Cat

This multi-award-winning pub gained its reputation being Sheffield’s first independent real ale pub and is now known nationally for its specialist range of real ales which are brewed on-site by Kelham Island Brewery. The venue oozes character with its original layout and traditional pub atmosphere in the industrial surroundings of Kelham Island. Order a homemade pie with your pint and you’ll leave very satisfied, I promise.

23 Alma St, S3 8SA – 0114 249 4801

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Saw Grinders Union - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

Saw Grinders Union

Another Kelham Island gem that had to be on our list of the best beer gardens in Sheffield. Saw Grinders Union is tucked away inside Globe Work’s courtyard and it has a huge outdoor space for all your rendezvous needs. The bar features an extensive drinks menu and you have to get in on those smashed burgers. Top tip: Get both of the big dips. You won’t regret it. And if that wasn’t tempting enough already, they do pancakes on the weekend. Coffee, cocktails & craft beer. Count me in!

Globe Works, S6 3AE – 0114 201 0065

The Nags Head

This charming public house is Bradfield Brewery’s pub – they pride themselves on providing great value quality ales, delicious homemade pub grub and a fab outdoor seating area. The brewery produces a range of distinctive cask-conditioned real ales and these can be sampled here whilst unwinding with the locals and walkers. Grab their ‘pie and a pint deal’ for the full Nags Head experience. One of the best beer gardens in Sheffield if you enjoy getting out to the countryside.

2 Loxley Rd, S6 6SJ – 0114 285 1202

The Nursery Tavern - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

The Nursery Tavern

This Nursery Tavern based on Eccy Road is popular with students as its where the banter flows as freely as the drinks. Tavs is a great spot for the day drinkers and it’s ideal for rounding up the pals to catch the live sports streaming there in HD. Feeling peckish? They’ve got all your pub classics from pizzas and paninis to snacks and steaks. Something for everyone!

276 Ecclesall Rd, S11 8PE – 0114 266 8934 

Lost & Found - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

Lost & Found

This horticulture haven sits in the middle of Ecclesall Road inviting you in for avant-garde cocktails, seasonal dishes, bottomless brunch and afternoon tea. Take a pew on their raised patio and watch the hustle and bustle of the city whilst soaking up the rays. The Victorian-style hideaway is designed with strong industrial elements mixed with softer features and hanging foliage. See if you can find the secret doorway…

516 Ecclesall Rd, S11 8PY – 0114 266 0742

The Picture House Social - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

The Picture House Social

These guys are big players in the city’s food and drink scene as they’ve got everything you need for a guaranteed great time – Neopolitan style pizzas, craft beer, cocktails, music, a games room, a mini cinema and an outdoor terrace. Oh, and a gig room too, the list is never-ending! This Sheffield institution ticks all the boxes and a must for our guide to the best beer gardens in Sheffield. See you there.

383 Abbeydale Rd – S7 1FS

The Hallamshire House - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

The Hallamshire House

Known locally as ‘The Tardis’, this unassuming pub operated by Thornbridge Brewery has several nooks to enjoy a pint in including a cosy games room and an oak-panelled snooker lounge with a full-sized snooker table. The basement leads out into the ‘secret beer garden’ where you’ll find ample seating and live music on the weekend. You’ll have to venture out of town a bit for this boozer but it’s a worthy addition to the beer tour.

49 Commonside, S10 1GF – 0114 266 4466

True Loves - best beer gardens in Sheffield

True Loves

This waterside bar and deli are new on the scene. Situated right in the heart of Victoria Quays, serving beer, wine, charcuterie and cheese. It’s not often you get to sit by a canal basin with cocktails, coffee and small plates, so we already know this is going to be a popular spot. A recent addition to the best beer gardens in Sheffield, who doesn’t love a pint by the water’s edge?

18 & 19 Victoria Quays, S2 5SY – 0114 272 4361

Rising Sun Fulwood - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

Rising Sun Inn

Not only does this convivial Abbeydale Brewery pub deliver on booze, but they also pride themselves on serving good quality restaurant-style food in the dining room. The menu is a mix of pub classics and seasonal British dishes with great options for vegetarians too. The bar showcases 12 cask ales from independent breweries near and far, along with fine wines and a decent range of spirits.

471 Fulwood Rd, S10 3QA – 0114 230 3855

Pina - Best beer gardens in Sheffield


This Mexican inspired bar serves tacos, tequila and some serious summer holiday vibes. The ceilings are as high as your spirits after a few shots here and they’ve devised a cunning plan for everyone, so you have an excuse to visit piña every day of the week. Mezcal Mondays. Taco Tuesdays. W-e’ll come back to this one. Tequila Thursdays. Frozen marg Fridays. You’re welcome.

3 Harvest Ln, Sheffield S3 8EF – 07523 152727

The Millowners Arms - Best beer gardens in Sheffield

The Millowners Arms, Sheffield Beer Garden

Formerly the Kelham Island Museum show pub and event space, the venue underwent a makeover and transformed into The Millowners Arms we know now. Serving all your usual suspects as well as small plates, street food and a reyt good roast. They’re also known for their great outdoor set-up in the courtyard complete with undercover seating and heaters.

Kelham Island Museum, Alma St, S3 8RY – 0114 272 2106


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Kerre Chen


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