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As the fifth biggest city in the UK, Sheffield has a thriving nightlife. So if you're looking for late-night catch ups, live music, craft ale or a big night out, we've got you covered.

Late-night cafes

There are more and more cafes staying open late now and Sheffield has its fair share. The city's dessert cafes, like Rassam's Creamery, are a great alternative to bars and pubs. Or try the Treehouse Board Game Cafe for games and nibbles.

Food halls

Sheffield's three biggest food halls, Cutlery Works, Kommune and Sheffield Plate are popular destinations for a night out. They're a great option if you just want a light bite, as you can order small plates from a range of food vendors.

Live music

If it's gigs you're after, you can see the biggest names at Sheffield Arena and 02 Academy Sheffield. And catch all your favourites across every genre at the likes of The Leadmill, Corporation, Record Junkee and Delicious Clam.

'I first came to Sheffield when me and my friends travelled up for a gig at The Leadmill. Walking from the hotel to the venue I looked out over the rolling hills and thought: wow, this is so different to my normal environment!'

Joel, games design student

Pubs, bars and clubs

From cosy pubs to catch up with friends to lively nights out, our Students' Union bar is a favourite spot. Bar crawls around West Street, Abbeydale Road and Kelham Island are great for big nights out and there are plenty of Wetherspoon's and independent pubs for cheap nights with friends.

Craft ale

With 23 breweries making more than 400 unique beers, Sheffield is a hotspot for craft ales and beers. You'll find craft pubs across the city, and there are plenty in walking distance from our campuses. Try The Beer Engine on London Road, The Fat Cat in Kelham Island and The Sheffield Tap inside the train station.

You can also buy kegs and bottles from local breweries at great value from Beer Central in The Moor Market, Hop Hideout in Kommune and local stores like Starmore Boss, Berlin Calling and The Dram Shop.

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