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Anything else worth mentioning about sheffield?
But i dont know how
As for other things, I would hazard a guess that The Washington is still a good option if you're bored on a Friday night.
See where i used to live the best store i had was HMV, which was 7 miles away from where i lived, so i'm quite excited about the prospect of being able to buy cds WHENEVER I WANT.
With that in mind... :(
Jack's Records in town might still be around, as might Record Collector in Broomhill (not that that was ever very good). I left about 2 years ago though so all this info might be rubbish by now.
But I'm not entirely sure. If it's still open then it's definitely worth a look.
Went a fair while ago.
Record Collector, as people have said, is pretty good for second hand stuff (possible to pick up some proper bargains). It's a bit out of the way of town though (but is near to where I live! :) )
As people have said above, the state of independent record stores in Sheffield is sadly on a demise :(
However, there's lots of great stuff in Sheffield to amuse you. There's loads of good gigs going on, even though a few good venus have closed down recently, like the Shakespeare and the Stockroom. Drowned inSound is quite good for letting you know about good gigs going on, they've got some good guys on the case in those parts; follow them on Facebook or Twitter or something.
Graves Art Gallery near the Crucible in town is good, but definitely go to to the Millenium Galleries across the way from it, regularly. There are some really interesting free exhibitions which go on there, which are rotated quite frequently. There's a lot of really contemporary stuff which they put on which is quite akin to the sort of thing you might encounter in the Baltic in Newcastle. You'll also get to have a little stroll through the Winter Gardens while you're there, which are very pretty. The Botanical Gardens, similarly, are excellent for a lovely walk - you'll find them just off Ecclesall Road. Take a bad of moneky nuts and feed them to the squirrels, who are bold enough to take the nuts from your hand. They will all start following you like you're some sort of Pied Piper though. If you're like me and you like to go walking in pretty places like this, you'll also enjoy the Sharrow General Cemetery. It's steeped in history, Bertie Basset is buried there and it's like a wonderful overgrown secret garden where the noise of the traffic disappears as soon as you step through its gates.
I could go on, Sheffield's great; there's loads of really nice places to eat and drink, but you'll discover them for yourself and find your own favourites. Sheffield is a lovely place though and for a city really has quite a community-style feel to it. Enjoy! And if you have any further Sheffield-related queries I would be more than happy to attempt to answer them.
as for other stuff - The Harley has most of the bigger 'indie' gigs. We (Small Ideas, JAG) will have stuff on there next academic year as per, along with DiS and many others. Bungalows and Bears occasionally has some decent free gigs. It's pretty 'hip' though. Offbeat is a pretty fun clubnight, although the future of that seems to be uncertain too.
you are so small and so lacking in being a particularly good venue but yet you have so many of the better gigs going on at you. I am so often very torn about whether to go to the Harley or not - I usually end up going though. It is good and all and they do, without a doubt, have the monopoly on bands I would like to go and see, especially now that some other venues are dead, but I wouldn't mind there being a really decent venue in Sheffield that catered for all my gig needs... Bungalows is OK but yes it can be very 'scene' (although, does that jumble sale still happen or did that die a death too?).
Of course, if unashamed pop music is your bag, you could always get yourself along to a Pop-o-matic! (major JAG lol), we'll even give you extra sweets for being new to Sheffield. :D Offbeat is great if you really like your indie discos but yeah I believe it could be meeting its end too. Actually, a lot of things seem to be changing or finishing in Sheffield at the moment; the one certainty is that it's so full of hard-working, honest, decent people with DIY ideas to share that it won't be long before a new night or attraction starts up to appease the masses.
I forgot to say earlier, too, if you're in to films or even just like the idea of watching them with a pint in hand, keep your eye on what's happening at the Showroom. They show a few of the current popular films but their niche really is rescreenings of old films, or showing little-known arthousey type stuff. Last thing I saw there was a film by Sufjan Stevens, it was great. They have a (very nice) bar next to the cinema and you can take your beer/wine/cup of tea in to the cinema with you, which is a really nice touch.
Sorry these posts are so long. I love Sheffield me.
I forgot to mention in that post that as well as Offbeat (potentially dead) and Pop-omatic! (massive JAG) there's other nights worth frequenting such as Death By Shoes (often ends in a blaze of messiness to the soundtrack of Born To Run), Seal Club (mental, great fun, expect to hear a lot of Footloose though) and Club Pony (if that even still happens?). Fuzz Club used to be good but that's ended now. There's a new night called Geeks which I haven't been to yet due to my sabbatical in Scarborough but some of my friens swear by it. I also agree with the first poster who mentioned the Washington, that's a good place for a nice pint and often there are jolly nice people playing good records there on a weekend.
Or is that another place
Never heard of Geeks. Where's that?
Probably one of my favourite things in Sheffield actually.
Yeah totally agree about The Harley. It's a bit better since they added the raised stage, but they mostly get bands by default. Punching well above their weight most of the time. I have a pipe dream of opening an awesome, appropriately set up venue some day and being a roaring success. God knows it's needed.
Blue Moon café is ace for veggie types too.
I love the Blue Moon cafe - it's absolutely gorgeous. IT wa sin fact one of the most pertinent place sin my mind when I said there were so many great places to eat and drink! I'm not a veggie, but would eat there out of choice a lot of times out of ten.
spot the Catholic :D
6pm Free Booze!
There's an indie record shop on the way up from the train station (called XL records)? not particularly expansive, but worth a browse now and again.
venuewise, you just have to go with what you fancy. The Stockroom was a great venue til it closed the other month. then there's the hipsters HQ around the devonshire quarter, which can through some nice surprises. try and find club 60.
Pubs, try and stay out of the big names and find some grotty corners or special secrets. I would recommend The brown bear (near the very good crucible theatre (snooker, no)) and the sheffield tap. In fact, anything that serves Thornbridge brewery stuff gets my custom.
Bands, effectively your just gonna have to take a lucky dip and take some risks. There is an awful lot of shit that is limping after the Arctic Monkeys bandwagon and equally shit bands trying to be 'different'. Thought I would recommend
Wet Nuns http://www.myspace.com/wetnunsdeathblues
Death Rays of Ardilla http://www.myspace.com/death_rays
Violet May http://www.myspace.com/thevioletmay
Electric Tape Recorder http://www.myspace.com/theelectrictaperecorder
All very good.
Of course it's all about finding your own places, enjoy!
I wonder what's become of the surly grump who ran it?
I recommend going around the Kelham Island area, especially if you're a real ale fan. They serve beer brewed in the area, CAMRA award winning stuff.
The whole hunters bar area on Ecclesall Road is really nice, there's a great sandwich shop down there called Woodies.
The Forum has some pretty decent shops, Toast in particular. Also keep your eye out for Article magazine, tremendous publication.
Biggest recommendation of all though is Rajput, the Indian restaurant located up in Crookesmoor on Barber Road. Amazing food
'the yummy hut'...not so much.
I note the government has scrapped the £12million retail quarter development - is that the Moor? or something else..
im not though
but i know people involved with that project and it was basically scrapped years ago (it was supposed to be finished in about 2007)...looks like the govt. has finally decided to break the bad news.
plus it is BYOB, and oh so conveniently located near the Dram Shop (awesome beer / wine shop).
Woodies is awesome too, and great value. I'm not down there all that often any more, but whenever I am and it is around lunch time I try and drop in there. Would recommend PJ Taste for sandwiches on West Street.
Been meaning to check out Kelham Island. Would recommend the Devonshire Cat for someone looking for a pub with a great selection, in addition to the ones already mentioned.
Not been there anywhere near enough since I moved up the hill to Crookes
That's great news. Will come again. :D