Description of Varsity
Varsity has a great mix of students, office workers and shoppers stopping for lunch or relaxing after work. The evening brings out the young and young at heart to enjoy all that Varsity has to offer: from our extensive wine menu, value for money range of drinks on the VCard to our tasty new food menu.
|Monday:||11:00 - 00:00|
|Tuesday:||11:00 - 00:00|
|Wednesday:||11:00 - 00:00|
|Thursday:||11:00 - 00:00|
|Friday:||11:00 - 00:00|
|Saturday:||12:00 - 01:00|
|Sunday:||12:00 - 23:00|
|Sports On TV?||Yes|
Varsity Pub Reviews
Fiona Crawford - 18/03/2014
On Sat 15th March I and and friend went to the Varsity bar on West Street, Sheffield, in order to watch a football match on TV.
Varsity were advertising that they would be showing this game at 5:30PM. We went in, checked that the match would be shown, and when this was confirmed, we bought drinks and sat down.
Around ten minutes later the TV channel was changed to rugby. We went to the bar to check that it would be changed back to football in time for the advertised match and were told "No, there are more people in who want to watch rugby". We explained that we had only bought drinks in order to watch the advertised football and if it was not now being shown could we have our money back so we could go somewhere else? Again we were told no.
The manager gave his name and refused to give a contact address for a head office saying they don't have one.
I feel really cheated and will not be returning.
Melanie Graveling - 24/10/2007
I frequent the Varsity on West Street a lot! I know all the bar staff, and I also know how much pressure they are under to ask for ID. I also know they receive plenty of training and refresher training on how to ask, and what forms if I.D. are acceptable, these are guidelines set down by the Home Office and South Yorkshire Police.
They now have to operate a system called Challenge 21, this means if a customer looks under 21 they must ask them to prove that they are over 18. Bar staff are under constant threat of police cadets entering the business to purchase alcohol underage, if caught out, the member of staff is cautioned and fines £80 by the police.
None of the students working at varsity have spare amounts of cash or they wouldn't be giving up their time to work behind a bar being abused by people who don't carry ID to prove their age.
If you are over 21 please take it as a compliment that you are asked!
Mike Stannett - 12/07/2006
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR UNDER-30s.
Although the name suggests they're student-friendly, all this shows is that you shouldn't necessarily go by a pub's name!
As a lecturer, I went to the Varsity with a large group of colleagues and postgrad students. They arbitrarily picked on two of the group and refused to serve them on the grounds that "they didn't look old enough" - even though they happily served others in the group who looked far younger. To add insult to injury, one of the two only wanted a fruit juice! But he was told he wasn't even allowed to stay on the premises.
Like I say, these were POSTgrads, not fresh-faced new arrivals. They had credit cards on them, as well as University ID cards complete with photographs. And they even had their supervisors with them to vouch for the truth of the matter. Unfortunately, the Varsity has clearly never heard of common sense.
Obviously, having an age-check is a good idea. But it only makes sense if bar staff are properly trained in recognising customers' ages. In this case, the staff looked noticeably younger than the customers they were refusing to serve, and had clearly NOT had adequate training.
New arrivals in Sheffield are therefore strongly advised NOT to go to the Varsity. There are plenty of very good pubs on West Street, most of which serve better beer at lower prices - so try one of those instead.