Sheffield bar prepares for birthday party fun

The Harley,Glossop Road,are celebrating 10 years in business in October.Charlie Leaver,The Harley Marketing Manager,where you can enjoy a Burger and live music
The Harley,Glossop Road,are celebrating 10 years in business in October.Charlie Leaver,The Harley Marketing Manager,where you can enjoy a Burger and live music
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It has been almost 10 years since Sheffield bar and hotel The Harley flung open its doors to the public.

A decade of music, drink and dancing later, the Glossop Road favourite is still entertaining nightly until 4am.

Sarah Nulty, managing director, said: “The Harley is pretty much open 24 hours a day. It closes at 4am and we open to hotel guests for breakfast at 7.30am, so there’s not much time there aren’t staff working here.

“The hotel has been here at least as long as the bar.

“I remember clearing a room and finding something which showed it was a piano bar and boutique hotel in the 1980s.”

There has been a lot of change since its opened on Saturday, October 18, 2003.

Then drinks were cheap thanks to a promotion and the music was ‘cheesy’ rather than cool.

Now The Harley has a sister bar, West Street’s The Wick at Both Ends, sells food as well as pints into the night and is famous for its music.

Sheffield favourites the Arctic Monkeys packed out the 200-capacity venue in 2005 and are among the hundreds of bands who have performed there over the years.

Sarah said: “I started as a duty manager. It’s changed lots since then.

“Back then it was a real student bar, drinks were £1.18 and it played cheesy music. It was pretty horrible for the first few months.

“Then a group of staff went to Barcelona and we had to describe our perfect bar – that was when we decided music was the direction we wanted to go in.

Staff from the past are reuniting for the tin anniversary, which will be marked with an event every night in October, including a party on Friday, October 18.

Sarah said: “Anyone who has been to the Harley in the past 10 years – this is definitely one to come back for.”

n For details, visit www.theharley.co.uk