Love it or hate it – West Street’s enduring after dark appeal has spanned generations

1960s, 1970s, 1990s, Hallamshire Hotel, The Beehive, The Limit, West Street -

Love it or hate it – West Street’s enduring after dark appeal has spanned generations

Supertram on 1990s West Street

Peter Stringfellow blamed ‘the West Street crowd’ for the regular trouble in his Penthouse club in the late 1960s – he ended up selling up after a few months and moving his business interests to Leeds.

But love it or hate it – West Street has had enduring after dark appeal for generations of Sheffield nightowls.

The ‘West Street run’ was an essential rite of passage in earlier decades when pubs like the West Street Hotel, the Red Lion, the Saddle and others were essential stop off points.

The Limit

The iconic thoroughfare later became home to one of the city’s most famous clubs, The Limit, which ran from 1978 until 1991.

Artists spanning Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant to Jools Holland all made the trip to perform at the venue at the bottom of West Street.

Bars, restaurants and takeaways have come and gone as new generations have made West Street their home.

The Beehive

Pubs like the Hallamshire Hotel and the Beehive have existed in various forms for decades.

Nearly 30 years on since the Limit shut and West Street has lost none of its pulling power with new venues like FirePit Rocks, Players and many others keeping the masses entertained.

What are your memories of this enduring after dark institution?