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    Two Sheds micropub, Crookes

    If they are obsessed with projecting beardy craft credentials they won't do any soft furnishings as that would ruin it for them. Never mind us of course, the actual customers.
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    Homely/characterful/lived-in pubs in Sheffield

    Please do, that's the point!
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    The old Grindstone Crookes

    No issues with the food or the prices but the environment for me was spoilt with the refurbishment. The decor is too garish and loud, seems to rub off on the behaviour of some in there. Could be a good pub in the right hands.
  4. Sorry yes I was trying not to come across as a curmudgeon.... There's a happy medium though - the concentration of gimmick pale ales, porters and stouts becomes as monotonous as mainstream lager and Green King. Whenever I look at these beer lists there's routinely a lack of red ale, brown ale, English bitter, dark mild, dark lager, wheat beer - its either tropical pale ales of various kinds or maltbomb stouts with gimmick editions. There's no way of saying this without coming across as a stick in the mud, but that's the position I'm in.
  5. Far more to life (and beer) than pale ale, porter and stout, regardless of what gimmicks you throw in.
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    Top 3 pubs in Sheffield

    The trouble with moving the goalposts is that great clunking sound it makes that attracts everyone's attention If you prefer not going to traditional pubs in the city centre then that's your call but it has nothing to do with what is being discussed. Likewise, the choice isn't simply between traditional country pubs and bars as you've framed, there are many in betweens. The luncheon bar Whitelocks you would never find in the sticks, likewise the various Victorian era city pubs dotted about. They all have their own atmosphere and it isn't a binary choice. Sheffield is considerably better for pubs and real ale while Leeds is better for bars, cocktails and craft beer, but at a push you could do one in the other. Uncontroversial opinion I'd have thought.
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    Top 3 pubs in Sheffield

    Haha.. just no... Long term Leeds resident and former long term Sheffield resident here, and that's way, way off the mark. Leeds certainly has a better range of bars but we're doing badly for traditional pubs in comparison to Sheffield. Let's see: Whitelocks 5* The Adelphi 4* The Grove 5* The Angel 5* The Templar 4* The Garden Gate 4* The Chemic 5* The Red Lion 4* The Eagle Tavern (even then not even that great) 3* The Fenton - student pub 4* The Pack Horse - student pub 4* ...The Cross Keys...possibly 4* Nearly all the rest on offer are generic 3* pubs, or worse. I already named 12 5* quality traditional pubs in Sheffield above.
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    Homely/characterful/lived-in pubs in Sheffield

    That's interesting to learn. Presumably the owners don't tinker with the venue too much, in the same kind of way Greene King like to.
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    Top 3 pubs in Sheffield

    Would agree with the comments regarding Beer Engine. There are some nice shaped pub rooms but it's like all the potential pub character has been whitewashed. The décor is a little too bland and the beer a little too dear. I still rate it highly though. My top 3 would be) 1) Fagans - partly sentimental but it is the quintessential family-run pub. Warm welcome, simple fresh food, total lack of the generic and the mass produced. Great homely atmosphere when the music is on and is just as pleasant whether it's quiet going on dead or bustling busy. 2) Red Deer - always amazing atmosphere, friendly staff and locals. Cosy seats, plenty to do. A younger crowd but still feels like Sheffield 3) Fat Cat - you can't really look past it can you? Immune to gentrification and happy in its own shoes. Great value and some really nice rooms. The kind of pub every town needs but sadly many towns are missing. -- Close runs: 4) Cobden View - a true neighbourhood pub with loads of amenities and events and local characters 5) Shakespeares - I laughed when I read someone above describe it as a 'hole', but it just shows it takes all sorts. It's a traditional characterful tavern with a great choice of beers both simple and fancy at fair prices. Down to earth, carefully rickety and old, and like a lot of great pubs has cosy bits and spacious bits. 6) Bath Hotel - I don't like Thornbridge for its political associations or the position of the dartboard, but this has always been a great place and it retains a lot of its historic character. They don't make them like this anymore. 7) White Lion - One of the most atmospheric pubs in the city. Snugs, partitions, lots of events, amazing preserved interior. What's not to love? 8 ) Sheaf View - Great pub, the instant feel that those involved love and appreciate pubgoing. A great balance, being traditional and simple without pretending it's Beamish (like a lot of Sam Smiths pubs do) 9) The Blake - simplicity defined 10) The Harlequin - they could improve the bar area which lacks a bit of structure and character but the food and drink is fantastic and it has an atmosphere you can't bottle, much as you'd wish to. 11) Rutland Arms - wish this pub could be bigger as its a hike to anywhere else if you can't get a seat, but nevertheless it drums up a hell of an atmosphere 12) The Three Tuns - it does have an interesting shape outside but it is a bit pokey inside, and not in the characterful way you'd think. Nevertheless I find it a peaceful boozer during the day and quite an atmospheric one at night.
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    Cheapest Nights out in Sheffield

    Brown Bear - £2 a pint for Sam Smiths Old Brewery Bitter Shakespeares - £2.50 for Stancill Barnsley bitter Both atmospheric traditional pubs...then onto...oooh... One of the awful city centre Wetherspoons - I'd probably favour the Benjamin Huntsman over the Bankers Draft - yikes that place is depressing - but this is the cheapest nights out topic, and you can still get beer in spoons for £1.99 a pint/can/bottle. Sometimes they flog craft beer under 'Managers Special' for £1.49 - keep an eye out! But yeah, one of the good things about Sheffield is being able to still have a full night out on £15-£20.
  11. The last regime in the Brown Bear was run with a grimace. I have no problem with a clean pub but they used to clean the entire room after virtually each customer left. It felt like being in a café - sterile. Be interested to see if it's run by someone with a clue - It's still a great place - if you want to listen to real conversation from people who have led interesting, totally different lives to most people post-pit closures this is still the place to come. As for Sam Smiths beers - they do seem to split opinion but the old brewery is as good a cask bitter as any, the stout is the best price vs. performance in the country and their wheatbeer is exceptional value and comes somewhere near to being a credible Hefeweizen. The fruit beers and stronger stuff in bottles have a good reputation too. People tend to slag off Sam Smiths beers because their various lagers - Alpine, Taddy, Pure Brewed, Double Four, Organic are all bad. Taddy probably being the only one you could have more than 1 of in one sitting. Viva The Brown Bear. A calm cheap refuge from the city centre.
  12. Price vs. Performance The sense that what you paid versus how much you enjoyed it made it worth doing rather than eating at home. As for how I find these places - a mixture of the usual places mentioned above, plus google, going to the website directly if possible, and word of mouth from friends and family - although I find this the least reliable.
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    Best places to go out if you don't drink

    Again - a pretty open ended question - what is your idea of fun? If it's dancing, evening dance classes? If it's board games - a board game club Etc etc If what you meant was - where can I go to socialise where I feel less out of place/less pressure to be drunk - then the answer is a normal down to earth pub where people hold normal conversations, rather than a bar or a club which has a different tempo, and where you have to shout over the music to be heard. Somewhere like the Cobden View in Crookes where you can sit and read, play board games, have a conversation, listen to some folk music, watch the telly, play pool, sit in the garden. Of course - those would have to fit into your idea of fun!
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    Brewdog prices of beers

    Well yeah, the freshness of the beer is another thing, but it's not like it's gone off by the time Wetherspoons are pouring it. Never going to be an extra £1.40's worth just for the difference between normal and pristine.
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    New drinking dens!

    Variety is the spice of life but it gets offensive when they vandalise pubs with original features, as most of the time these are simply never coming back once the axe falls.
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