Summer is here after what feels like a long, long winter. Cooped up like chickens for the last year, it’s time we made the most of the outdoors, and we’ve put together the list of the best beer gardens in Sheffield for you to enjoy this summer. The Steel City has great character, and an even greater history and this can be seen in its range of places to enjoy a beer. From traditional pubs to innovative builds – one thing is for sure, we are spoilt for choice for a beer garden this summer.
1. Saw Grinders Union
This is a beautiful venue hidden away in the ever-cool area of Kelham Island. It serves up refreshing cocktails, beers, and a range of spirits to be enjoyed in this well-designed and well thought out aesthetic. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the sun with friends and family over the summer, we couldn’t recommend it enough.
2. The Dam House
Situated on Crookes Valley Park beside a serene lake that makes the perfect backdrop for summertime fun, The Damhouse offers a great atmosphere to enjoy with friends and family. They do good value food and bevvies to go along with the fun in the sun with pals. Who wouldn’t want to chill by a lake surrounded by luscious greenery with mates this summer?
3. The Nags Head
On the edge of the Peak District, near the town of Loxley, The Nags Head is a beautiful little pub with a great beer garden. Perfect for if you’re heading out for a trek for the day – or just pitch up a spot and watch the world go by. The small traditional pub is in a scenic rural location, after the months we’ve spent in lockdown, it sounds ideal.
4. The Nursery Tavern
On Ecci road, this one is a favourite with the students. It has a huge beer garden – which makes it great for getting a seat and always has a great vibe. If you manage to get set up here for the day you’re sure to have a great time. We’ve spent many a time here with a few ales.
4. The Riverside
One of Kelham Island’s iconic venues, The Riverside has a beautiful view of the river and has all the traditional pub vibes but with a hipster twist that is synonomous with Sheffield. The beer garden is always buzzing with energy and is a cool place to while away the summer days with great tunes and proper beer. It’s definintely is one of great beer gardens in Sheffield.
5. The Gardeners Rest
Another great find in the Kelham Island area, this community-owned pub in Neepsend serves a great selection of beer on tap and has a relaxed laid back vibe. They usually have art exhibitions and such going on, so always worth a visit. The beer garden sits next to the river and offers exquisite views of the old warehouses giving you a little glimpse into Sheffield’s industrial past.
6. The Forum
This city centre venue is always busy and buzzing with energy – with good reason. They serve up some excellent food and a range of refreshing beers, ciders and cocktails that will make you feel all summery inside. They have an incredibly spacious beer garden with sun loungers, parasols and benches perfect for catching up with friends with a few beers and some food.
Found atop the Krynkl in Sheffield’s Kelham Island, Inc is the city’s first rooftop bar. You can enjoy some refreshing drinks in this cool and sleek venue. They serve a range of gins, as well as some great cocktails and craft beer. Plenty of boxes ticked for a summer’s day if you ask us. Make sure you check it out. Built from upcycled shipping containers – it’s one of Sheffield’s best beer gardens for sure.
8. The Fat Cat
One of the OG’s The Fat Cat has been around since the 1990s and is still going strong. They produce a range of specialist beers from their brewery and have won CAMRA award for the Pale Rider. The traditional victorian pub fits in its industrial surroundings. It’s walled beer garden s the perfect place sample one or two of their ales – and a great place young or old to chill with a beer.
9. The Stag’s Head
The flagship pub for the Thornbridge Taps, this pub is a great community pub for the summer. It has a great beer garden with its own play area for the kids. It serves amazing craft beer and traditional pub food to go with it. It’s brill, spacious place with a cosy fire and outdoor terrace so perfect for all weathers – no excuse not to be in there with a pint in hand this summer.
10. Fox and Duck
This is such a brilliant pub in Broomhill! It has a friendly environment and has live sports outside as well as inside. It has an incredible beer garden to enjoy – and are pet friendly. They have a wide variety of gins to enjoy, along with their great beers and ciders. Definitely one of the beer gardens in sheffield to try this summer.
12. The Francis Newton
Coined as ‘the nicest Wetherspoons in Sheffield’, The Francis Newton has everything you’d expect from a Spoons, a decent and good value range of drinks to enjoy. It has a really great venue that has is one of the beer gardens in Sheffield to visit with a group of friends and family this summer.
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