Illicit Sips: The 5 Best Secret Bars In Sheffield

Published . By Kay Field.

Behind unassuming doors, below street level and hidden above your favourite watering holes, you'll find a handful of clandestine liquor lairs that are primed and ready to take your evening up a gear. Perfect for those of you looking for somewhere a little off the beaten track, these secret bars in Sheffield are shaking up discreet drinks in sleek settings. 


The best basement bars in Sheffield? Nestled below a Victorian town hall, the fittingly named Public is perhaps the most well-known of the lot. Housed within a former bog, the boozer now specialises in furtive tipples, sultry decor and vinyl tunes. Perfect for date nights and cocktail lovers, come see why this stylish gem has won a number of awards and gained nationwide acclaim. 

Public Sheffield

Who knew that you'd find some of the slickest interiors in a gents loo?

Picture House Social

Located along Abbeydale Road and fronting a hidden outdoor terrace, Picture House Social may be the worst kept secret in Sheffield. A hotspot with students and revellers alike, the historic ballroom bar is now the home of ping pong matches, DJ sets, raucous weekend parties and comfy booths. Cocktails and cask ales are also on hand, along with a range of meaty and vegan pizza.

Picture House Social hidden bar

Your one-stop shop for sunshine drinks, table tennis and DJ sets. 

Mr Wilson's

So secretive it's not yet landed... From the minds behind CODE and Molly Malone's, Mr Wilson's will be transporting you to the roaring twenties, complete with slinky decor and old-fashioned table phones that you'll use to place cocktail orders. The soon-to-open bar will also have a second-floor music venue where live jazz and house tunes await. 

Mr Wilson's secret bar in Sheffield

Keep an eye out for Mr Wilson's, opening this summer.

Daisy's Bar

Hidden above the impeccably chic Gatsby, you'll find the equally cool Daisy's Bar. Oozing retro vibes from the moment you enter, this Division Street cocktail lounge is serving an exclusive menu of potent concoctions to imbibers. Head here and enjoy a selection of artfully crafted brambles, mojitos and grasshoppers galore.

Gatsby Sheffield

Head upstairs and into a stylish 70s-themed cocktail lounge at Daisy's Bar.


When it comes to hidden bars in Sheffield, Rockingham Street's Soyo is certainly upping the glamour stakes. A late-night haven for cocktails and cavorting, this popular party spot offers regular 2-4-1 happy hours early on in the evening, before providing floor-filling hits that will keep you and your friends dancing 'til the early hours.  

Soyo Sheffield's best bars

Spend your evening enjoying wallet-friendly drinks before moving things onto the dancefloor.

Looking for more unusual places to drink? Take a look at the best rooftop bars here.