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Nights Out in Sheffield - Clubs, Pubs, Comedy, and Music

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Sheffield has given the world bands and musicians like the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Joe Cocker, Human League, and Def Leppard. So it's no surprise to discover a vibrant live music and club scene in the city. You'll also find theatres hosting musical drama, comedy, and cabaret. For a night at the movies, the city also has a choice of multi-screen cinemas. Sheffield's vast Motorpoint Arena hosts epic rock events.

Sheffield's club scene


If you're an enthusiastic clubber, you'll find party nights, live rock acts, and DJs spinning everything from jungle and reggae to house and techno at cavernous venues like The Leadmill. Most club nights and parties kick off around 11:00 PM. Some venues, like The Plug, stay open as late as 06:00 AM at weekends.


The Leadmill


The Leadmill is Sheffield's iconic night spot. It's been the launch pad for bands like the Arctic Monkeys and is still fostering local talent.


6 Leadmill Road, Sheffield S1 4SETel: +44 114 272 7040


The Leadmill website


The Plug


With 3 rooms and space for 1,200 dancers, The Plug's live bands and DJs serve up chart tunes, dance, house, and rock and disco anthems.


14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield S1 4QD. Tel: +44 114 241 3040


The Plug website

Musicals, comedy, and cabaret


Looking for an evening of light entertainment? You'll find it at venues like the old-world Lyceum Theatre, which hosts shows from London's West End as well as contemporary dance and operetta. Those who prefer a night at a more intimate venue can seek out pubs like The Lescar, where there's live music and comedy performers.


Lyceum Theatre


You can take in musicals, light drama, and comedy at the grandly Edwardian Lyceum Theatre, and enjoy a drink after the show in one of its 3 bars.


55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1DA. Tel: +44 114 249 6000


Lyceum Theatre website


The Lescar


For lovers of old school pubs that serve a real ales and hearty food, The Lescar is a find. It hosts comedy nights and live jazz, and claims to have the only beer garden in Sheffield.


303 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield. Tel: +44 114 266 8974


The Lescar website


Stadium rock


Visiting musicians ranging from the Beach Boys and Bon Jovi to Lady Gaga and local rockers Pulp and Def Leppard lure capacity audiences to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena. With space for 13,600 people, this gleaming metal stadium is the city's biggest indoor venue for rock concerts, live TV shows, and sporting events.


Sheffield Arena


You can watch spectacular ice shows and hear some of the biggest names in rock, pop, and entertainment at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena. It's also home to Sheffield's ice hockey team, the Sheffield Steelers.


Broughton Lane, Sheffield S9 2DF. Tel: +44 114 256 5656


Sheffield Arena website


Music bars


If you're visiting Sheffield on a budget, you'll find a sprinkling of city centre bars like Mentholmans at West Street Live that offer live music and DJs but don't charge you to enter. You'll find drinks at music bars like The Harley are cheaper than in most big clubs, too.


Mentholmans at West Street Live


Mentholmans at West Street Live claims to be the only venue in the city that offers live music every night of the week. The playlist ranges from current indie hits to classic rock.


128 West St, Sheffield S1 4ES. Tel: +44 114 249 2785


Mentholmans at West Street Live website


The Harley


The Harley is a friendly venue that is popular with students from Sheffield's 2 universities and other young locals. You'll be entertained here by guest and resident DJs and live indie bands.


334 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2HW. Tel: +44 114 275 2288


The Harley website