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With one of the fastest growing LGBT Pride events, gay venues all around the city, and a strong network of support offered to men and women of all ages, the Sheffield gay scene is alive and kicking. Whether you want a raucous night out or a more refined drink with friends and new acquaintances you can find the perfect bar or club.
City Centre (c) Marketing Sheffield England's fourth largest city is famous for having prospered because of its steel industry. Although Sheffield suffered industrial decline in the 1980s, and nowadays the industry is less noticeable than it once was, the economy is still worth over £7billion a year. As well as steel and cutlery, Sheffield also produces confectionery and is home to the Basset factory where the Jelly Baby was born.
Itís also where Liquorice Allsorts are made. Apparently the assortment of sweets came about by accident in 1842 when a salesman knocked over a tray of samples. The largest employers are now all public sector: the two universities, NHS, and national and local government employees. Private fee-paying international students are also a major source of income to the local economy through the universities.
Sheffield is also home to the most advanced urban tramway system in the country, boasts the most visited shopping mall in Europe, Meadowhall, and houses the National Centre for Popular Music. The Sheffield Supertram opened in 1994 and runs from Sheffield City Centre north-west to the University of Sheffield and Hillsborough; north-east to Meadowhall; and south-east to Herdings Park.
City Centre (c) Marketing Sheffield


Unlike many cities with a gay scene, Sheffield does not have an area where all the gay venues are located, mainly because there are not that many to choose from. Up until recently Sheffield only had a couple of dedicated gay venues with the shining star being Dempsey's Bar which certainly knows how to keep punters happy with music every night, and cocktails such as Mai Tais on the menu. Dempsey's is still the most popular venue on the Sheffield gay scene and you should find drinking here a fun and friendly experience. The bar downstairs is open during the day and in the evening this is where the karaoke and quizzes take place. However to get into the club upstairs you will need to be a member if you don't want to be handing over a note or two at the door.

OMG is the UK's busiest and biggest collection of Gay Venues and their newest venue is OMG Sheffield. It has state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and a buzzing atmosphere, with indoor seating, food, djs, live acts, live shows, drag shows and cabaret.

Climax is Sheffield's Biggest Monthly LGBT night, at the end of each month on a Friday. It's staged in the 1300 capacity Foundry and Fusion venue at the Sheffield Students' Union.

There's a couple of different rooms serving up a collection of commercial Pop and Chart in one and a mix of RnB, Hip Hop, Indie, Soul, Motown and some 80s classics in the other.

Students Union (c) Marketing Sheffield
If you are after an evening at the baths then The Boiler Room has all the amenities needed, including 3 cubicles with glory holes. There's a jacuzzi and steam room in the basement, and upstairs you'll find both a sauna and dark sauna. There's a few private rooms and video viewing area with sofas.


Pride Sheffield is an annual event that's free bringing together the LGBT+ community their friends and families. It's held each year at the end of July in Endcliffe Park, with a main stage, the T'Other stage and community workshop tent. There's also the Life tent featuring exhibitors, groups and services that provide a health and social care aspect from fostering services to wedding planning.
A couple of weeks before Pride, there's also Pinknic, which is billed as Sheffield's largest city centre LGBT family event staged in the Peace Gardens.

This event has general and gay themed stalls, music, dancing and fun for all your family and friends. They encourage you to bring a picnic to the event to celebrate being LGBT in Sheffield.

Pinknic in the Peace Gardens (c) Pinknic


Dempsey's (1 Hereford Street; +44 114 275 4616)
OMG Sheffield (Holly Lane, S1 4EQ; Website)
Climax (The Foundry, Sheffield Students Union, S10 2TG; Website)
The Boiler Room (208 Saville Street East, S4 7UQ; +44 114 278 7371)
Pride Sheffield (Endcliffe Gardens, Rustlings Rd, Sheffield S11 7AB; Website)
Pinknic (The Peace Gardens, Pinstone St, Sheffield S1 2HH; Website)

Revised March 2017.


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