Public

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68 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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Table service bar. Cocktails, food, wine, aperitivo and vinyl records.
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BB
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Poor choice of drinks and food, wouldn't rush back

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PF
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice unique venue for a meal and drinks out with friends but be prepared to pay a premium.
Waiter friendly enough and explained all about the different types of cocktails in detail.
Food and drinks expensive. Found the whole experience a little on the pretentious side though this may suit other people. I felt the food was a bit "style over substance" and the options were limited.
One dish included only 2 spring onions, some creme fraiche and some bits of Lardo (Italian fat) - which for £8 I felt was a bit expensive. Others were better e.g. smoked rabbit with polenta.
Platter was better though the sourdough bread was not as fresh as would have liked.
Drinks - 125ml glass was generally £7 minimum so definitely at top end. Friend asked for Rose - got what was clearly warm red wine - waiter insisted it WAS a Rose and meant to be room temperature - maybe? but then did bring a glass of chilled Rose.
Asked for small plates so we could share out our choices - in the end had to go up to chef and ask for these ourselves.

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CE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended. The care and attention put into designing and making the cocktails is exceptional. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. Public highly deserves its awards and we are lucky to have it in Sheffield. I’ll definitely be back!

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cocktail spot, lovely drinks and great ambience.

Very strict on table times - upon giving our table up at the allotted time we were stood in the bar area waiting for a friend to come out of the bathroom and we were asked to wait outside. Im quite happy to give up a table at a time as its a small place and knew this going in. However I wasn't pleased to be almost ushered out of the door after spending £60 on drinks in an hour and a half.

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F
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service from very helpful friendly staff. Great music selection, all on vinyl. Unique cocktail list and decor. Will definitely return.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Great place, lovely concept and the staff were what made it. The food is very disappointing- it was like being served a side dish of vegetables with a load of unnecessary nothingness and that seemed to constitute a meal. Cocktails were hit and miss- my friends was delicious but mine not so much and i left it. They give tap water on your table which is served room temperature from a jug on the bar. Sheffield tap water is normally fine but this tasted awful- maybe add some ice/cucumber/ lemon? All in all will visit again but won’t eat there again.

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SO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique and creative cocktails, some of the best I've ever had, great food and music too!

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service as always, absolutely delicious food (we ended up ordering another spaghetti!) and exquisite wine. We’ll be back!

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LP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A really quirky place to drink amazing cocktails. I can’t wait to return to try a few more.

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GW
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had come before Christmas and really enjoyed both the cocktails and food. This time around, the food menu seemed far more limited. Cocktails were enjoyable, but disappointed that the negroni i have raved about to friends from my visit the first time had been removed from the menu! Big disappointment. Food very tasty and well put together, but we had hoped for a broader selection of dishes. This is an expensive venue.

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MH
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite bar in Sheffield and a perfect place to relax away from the city centre madness. Everything is done so well and I absolutely love it.

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JP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were quite a large party (10) and you did a great job in looking after us, thank you. The booth we were in was private and cosy. You flagged in advance that we would be a little squashed - which we were (the booth is a perfect fit for 6-8) but we were prepared. The service was efficient and well paced. I think the cocktails are excellent value, innovative and delicious. Loved Norfolk Street and the bread one! Stick to the hard stuff, beer and wine is excessively expensive (£4 for a half pint and £11 for 175ml?). The shared plates were delicious and good finger option for our group, but again quite pricey £14 for a plate of olives, bread, anchovies, cured meats, nuts. Really love the conversion from gents to funky and charming space that's perfect to celebrate a special do. A polished speakeasy!

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CB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a bit special. Great place to go if you want to feel fancy and sophisticated. The meat and fish sharing board was delicious.

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R
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were amazing service was incredible the guy who served us was fab don’t know his name but had a septum piercing water was topped up perfectly every 15 mins would definitely come back again!!! xx

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JS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the perfect evening. Very unique location and bar. Food was outstanding and the cocktails were the best i've ever had. I will definitely be returning here.

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our table was booked for 7 pm on a Saturday (with a 7-8.30 pm slot). We arrived promptly (just before the time) and were asked to wait while the doorman confirmed our booking with the house staff. We waited 5 minutes before the doorman came back and he told us that the staff would indicate when the table was ready. Another 5 mins went by and we were called down for our table at 7.10 pm. Service in there was good and the food was excellent, although many options were missing (if a venue operates on a booking system, surely it should be reasonably easy to predict demand for food). We had one cocktail (delicious!) and ordered another. At 8.05 pm, prior to our second cocktail arriving, we were told by our server that we would need to vacate our table at 8.30pm. Given that we were delayed being seated by 10 minutes originally, this felt like we were being rushed. Appreciate that it is important for bookings to be kept to time, but we were not even offered the option of taking a seat at the bar to finish our drinks without being hurried, which would have been a nice gesture. Overall, Public seems like a nice place as the food and drink were lovely and I would be tempted to come back on a weekday, but I did come away with the feeling that the customer experience wasn't really a priority.

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CH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible time at Public! What a spectacularly special little place :)
The cocktail menu is extensive and very unique, the light bites were original and delicious and the service.... second to none! Our waitress was attentive, friendly and knowledgable, making our whole experience pretty perfect. We could have happily whiled away the afternoon sampling cocktails if we didn’t have to leave for the theatre!
Public is a triumph !

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a great evening from start to finish! Loved the ice cubes too!

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HB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my husband’s birthday, the food was so good and the cocktails were outstanding. Love the decor and autmosphere they’ve created. Great to have a venue like this in Sheffield.

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EM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super little spot to either have just a snazzy cocktail, or indulge in the foodie offering too. Great for ‘grazing’ on/mopping up the alcohol. There are also some adult ‘mocktails’ for drivers/non-drinkers. Great to see Sheffield aspiring to up it’s conventional ‘after hours’ offering.

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BS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Had an absolutely fantastic evening. Staff were polite and friendly plus v knowledgeable. Drinks were amazing. Def recommend a visit.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic bar/restaurant. Really cool vine, vinyl music, amazing cocktails. Table service was perfect. The food is absolutely gorgeous. We asked for a surprise selection for 4 of us and the choice was great. Everything was super tasty. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting menu choice, lovely small quirky building, great friendly staff & brill prices

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L
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Basically, it's a great place. Not cheap, but then it's a cocktail bar; what would you expect?
General ambience though is lovely, cocktails lovely, didn't actually have any food apart from nuts but they were delicious and the rest of the food looked good too, though choice is limited.

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LJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our time at public we only had drinks but they were great and the venue was really comfortable!

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

On previous trips to public we’ve really enjoyed the drinks and have recommended the bar to friends. However, on our last visit we were really disappointed with the drinks menu - 2 cocktails for £26 is ridiculous- when you consider the size of them, and I have to say we didnt really enjoy the taste this time. A real shame.

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JF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A great find, intimate and charming find in 'an off the wall' quirky kind of way. I would return.

Negatively, I am unable to find a telephone number which is frustrating. I dont like the fact that your credit card details must be given when booking, if the booking is not kept, £10 per person will be deducted from your credit card. I find that unacceptable as sometimes there are genuine reasons why a booking is not kept.
Also, both the online and in house drinks/food menus are not easy to flick through.

Having said all of this, I would go again, so go give it a whirl.

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, loads of good choice on cocktails and wines . I thought it was a dining place with cocktails but it is more cocktails with food. Nice though.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - great food, great drinks, amazing service. We'll definitely be back.

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JH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took some friends for food and drink. We all left happy, full & a little drunk.

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MS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn't wait to have an evening here and it didn't disappoint. Everything was spot on, we had a fabulous time, and I ate the best tagliatelle I've ever had in my life. The cocktails weren't bad either ; )

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R
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed and cosy atmosphere. Liked the little booth we sat in. Service was friendly and efficient and food delicious if a bit pricy. Cocktails were all quite quirky but fun to try. Lovely place for a special night out.

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

We didn't eat but the cocktails were fabulous and the service was excellent xx we will be back 🥂

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GS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is truly wonderful. There's nothing bout to enjoy about it. The cocktails are inspiring, the food is great, the service and ambience is really special.

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DP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Did not eat on this occasion but food looked and smelt delicious.
No contact phone number but do answer emails promptly

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very unusual but worth a trip! Cocktails were lovely and good price between 5-7!

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MH
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and it’s a hidden oasis away from the madness of Saturday night in the city centre. Such a great atmosphere, fantastic staff and delicious food and cocktails.

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J
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute gem!
The food is unusual and delicious, the cocktails amazing and the staff were extremely friendly, fun, chatty and very knowledgable about the food and drink available.
Definitely going again!

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DW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails & wine...amazing food at very reasonable prices, but not a massive Menu due to the size of the venue and kitchen....5 star though!

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m
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we have been to Public just love it here very cool vinyl sound system and relaxed atmosphere. Food fantastic tapas style small plates nice for sharing and the AMAZING cocktails menu very extensive and fabulous!

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