Picture House Social
383 Abbeydale Road, S7 1FS
0114 258 1690
Open Monday-Thursday 5pm-12am, Friday-Saturday 12pm-1am, Sunday 12pm-12am.Visit site
The people behind Division Street's eternally popular The Great Gatsby have capitalised on a renaissance for all things "social" for their new Abbeydale Road project. It seems everything from working men’s clubs to dating websites to hairdressers are reclaiming the word in order to add a sense of the anything goes speakeasy to their operations.
Picture House Social, however – which opened in September 2014 and is located in the ballroom and billiards room of the 1920s-built Abbeydale Picture House – has more of a legitimate claim to the on-trend tag than most. With a cocktail bar, DJs, a street food kitchen, a ping pong room, and a cosy mini cinema, Picture House Social has all the elements in place to become a serious out-of-town destination.
The main bar area is considerably larger than most places in the city centre, with generous sofa areas and an unapologetic amount of space for dancing. The room is all purple, dark wood, chandeliers and plush upholstery, which playfully contrasts with the modern, stripped-back look of the dining and ping pong rooms. As well as a carefully selected craft beer selection, there’s a rotating cocktail menu (which is, thankfully, different from a rotating cocktail bar), redesigned every month. Current creations include a cherry and cinnamon-spiced rabbit punch, and a lime infused coconut daiquiri.
Separate from the bar is the kitchen and dining area. Canteen-style and wilfully rough around the edges, food is served with a ticketing system. Once they arrive, though, the pizzas (featured in our guide to Sheffield's best pizza), meatballs and other Italian dishes are simple, but freshly made, tasty and very reasonably priced. Beyond the diner is the room dedicated to ping pong (a sport that requires the ideal amount genuine skill, drunken bravado and physical activity for a bar), with tables that can be hired for the evening.
Keep an eye on the Picture House news feed for upcoming gigs, beer festivals, guest DJ sessions – like Katzenjammer, a monthly Sunday-afternoon hangover slot – and screenings in the recently opened mini-cinema.
As far as social spaces go, Picture House Social is proving that good food, good drinks and good fun can be found well beyond the hub of the S1 postcode area.
Photo by India Hobson, courtesy of Picture House Social.