Popular student destination at the very edge of Sheffield city centre, with a focus on the alternative.
The Washington sits, somewhat confusingly, on the corner of Wellington Street with its entrance on Fitzwilliam Street. It is very much at one end of the city centre with Division Street and West a short walk up hill from it, though in many ways it feels a world away from both.
The pub is divided into two rooms – known as the Shallow End and the Deep End – with a bar between them and a truly vast outdoor smoking area and beer garden to the rear. A smaller, alcove-like room at one side of the pub houses a DJ, additional seats and sometimes plays host to live music.
It was at one point co-owned by former Pulp drummer Nick Banks and it has long associations with Sheffield's music scene, and this is still evident.
The Washington is a favourite destination for students and remains popular with many former students still resident in the city. Most nights of the week see some form of music offered, be it a DJ or a live act.
Different nights loosely offer various different genres – from rock to indie to electronica to retro – though all are of an alternative bent and nights very much tend to bleed into one another. The crowd stays largely the same throughout. The pub doesn’t open during the daytime but is open late most nights, meaning it’s regulars are generally of the night-owl kind.
Drink offerings are pretty standard – a mixture of big-name lagers, ales and ciders on tap, good selection of spirits, and wines and soft drinks also available. The Washington sells itself on its atmosphere and eclectic musical tastes more than on its drink, though the available choices should be satisfactory for most. Drinks are at standard city centre prices.
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A friendly, lively pub very much off-to-the-side of the city centre. The Washington is not for everyone, but if an eclectic taste in music (and an eclectic clientele) is your thing, you’ll love it.