Bored of sipping at street level? Want to see what pints taste like at a higher altitude? Mix things up with a trip to one of these excellent rooftop bars in Sheffield. From Kelham Island hotspots offering quirky cocktails and slick scenes of the city skyline to riverside balconies and pretty raised terraces, we're showing off some of the best places in town to grab a drink with a view.
Topping the list of most popular rooftop bars in Sheffield, INC was the first of its kind grace the city's skies. Sat above the Krynkl building, this trendy watering hole is a hive for cocktails, craft beers and Kelham Island panoramas, dressed up with festoon lighting and cosy blankets for when evening falls. It tends to close for the winter months, but is offering up a pretty spot for date nights, mixology masterclasses and Craft & Dough pizzas the rest of the year.
The latest addition to the Sheffield skyline, Alto is the rooftop bar decked out with neon signs and botanicals. Part of the Cubo Work development, this Carver Street sipping spot is the ultimate location for post-office tipples and date night drinks. Alongside striking 360-degree views of the city, Alto fronts slick furnishings and a menu of cocktails that offer as much in the way of looks as they do in taste.
This stunning rooftop restaurant in Sheffield has been a hit since it opened in 2021. The Furnace is a sleek terrace and dining room above the Heart of the City development, with a menu inspired by open-fire cooking techniques. Tuck into charred celeriac, coal-roasted beetroot and sourdough flatbreads with blackened pepper romesco sauce, alongside twists on local favourites, including fishcakes and Yorkshire pudding with ice cream.
While not a rooftop per se, the waterside balcony at Church - Temple of Fun is still one of the best places to have drinks with a view in Sheffield. Suspended above the Don, this small but perfectly formed platform is the ultimate suntrap on a summer's day. It's boasting gorgeous plant life and river vistas, while the bar inside can sort you out with a range of enticing cocktails, local ales and mouthwatering vegan comfort grub.
Housed in a Grade II-listed former bank on George Street, Curzon Sheffield is a popular hangout for cinephiles and socialisers alike. Whether you're grabbing some pre-movie refreshments or looking for a city centre bar to catch up with friends, their upstairs terrace promises an ideal location for rooftop drinks. On top of chilled wines and great conversation, you can enjoy some tasty small plates and pizza slices from their food menu.
Head down to Steelyard and you'll find one of the best rooftop bars in Kelham Island. DECKS is an Ibiza-inspired drinking destination on the first floor of the shipping container complex, specialising in late-night cocktails and live DJs. The covered terrace hosts incredible selectors each and every weekend, providing a soundtrack of house, techno and disco to accompany your tipples.
Looking for more places to drink outside? Check out our round up of the best beer gardens in Sheffield.