The connotations and images conjured up from the words “a Sheffield night out” probably don’t resonate with the photos you’re looking at here. As a final year student, the joys of the infamous Corp and Tank et al nights have long faded, and damn, some would say I’ve even matured in that respect. The city definitely needed an alternative and low and behold, here we are for the first time here at Kettle Black, an exclusive cocktail and wine bar on the golden mile of Ecclesall Road.
After having to work on Valentine’s Day itself, we glammed ourselves up for a big Thursday night, or ‘singles awareness day’ as it was at Kettle Black. Half price cocktails all night in chilled surroundings was what we needed, and what we got with class and style dashed all over it.
The bar was surprisingly sparse when we first arrived at 9pm, but got gradually busier as time went by. We’re definitely looking to come back on a weekend and experience a more lively atmosphere – they have DJ’s every Saturday, live bands and oddly the only 2am license on ‘Eccy’ Road. But what it did mean is that we had table service from two extremely welcoming and attentive barmen and a full explanation of the drinks menu.
Whilst sipping on our welcome prosecco, we learnt that the cocktail menu is illustrated in terms of sweet to sour, and strength of alcohol from low to high. It’s a great idea and made choosing from page after page of drinks much easier.
Our first round – The Jamaican Bull, and Singapore Sling. With ‘bull’ indicative of the strength of the drink and even the menu warning ‘it’s not for the faint hearted,’ I was feeling brave. However the lime, coconut and pineapple juice balanced the powerful wray rum for a delicious flavour and it was certainly out of the ordinary, for me at least.
The Singapore Sling was equally as daring but refreshing, with Jessica’s favourite gin, contreau and various juices going down an absolute treat. After beginning our evening on a high table and moving to stand at the bar to take in the impressive selection of alcohol on display, we ended our time here on the sofas with a second round of cocktails.
This time I opted for a more traditional approach with an Espresso Martini with mint, whilst Jessica took a recommendation for the Rouge Kettle which mixed single grain whisky, fresh raspberries and bitters to create a rambunctious but elegant delight.
We feel like we’ve only touched the surface of this place – it’s class and exclusivity is there for all to see but with a Haig Club Whisky lounge available to hire, VIP mezzanine and cocktail classes we will surely bring us back here time and time again for occasions or when we simply want to treat ourselves.
This is the classiest venue we’ve seen in Sheffield and we love it. Thank you so much to Kettle Black for a wonderful evening!
Disclaimer: these drinks were complimentary to us in exchange for an honest review. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.
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