Illicit Sips: The 4 Best Secret Bars In Sheffield

Published . By Kay Field.

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


Nestled below a Victorian town hall, the fittingly named Public is perhaps the most well-known of secret basement bars, thanks to being one of the best places for small plates and cocktails in Sheffield. Housed within a former bog, the boozer now specialises in furtive tipples, sultry decor and vinyl tunes. Ideal come date nights, this stylish gem has gained a number of awards and nationwide acclaim. 

Public Sheffield Hidden Basement Bar | DesignMyNight

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, but we think it still counts. A hotspot with students or 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, alongside a range of meaty or vegan pizzas.

Picture House Social hidden bar

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

Mr Wilson's & Capone's

From the minds behind CODE and Molly Malone's, Mr Wilson's and Capone's Sheffield make up a new West Street bar that's transporting you to the Roaring Twenties. Complete with slinky decor, old-fashioned table phones for placing cocktail orders and a secret code word to get downstairs, this swish spot is delivering all the speakeasy vibes you need.

Mr Wilson's Capone's secret Prohibition bar Sheffield | DesignMyNight

It's double trouble with Mr Wilson's and Capone's.

Daisy's Bar

Hidden above the impeccably chic Gatsby, you'll find the equally cool Daisy's, one of the most quirky bars in Sheffield. Oozing retro vibes from the moment you enter, this Division Street cocktail lounge is serving an exclusive menu of potent concoctions; think artfully crafted brambles, mojitos and grasshoppers galore.

Gatsby Sheffield

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

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