Leopold Square, Unit 4

If you’re familiar with Cubana Tapas Bar then you’ll probably be aware of its new whereabouts. The new spot in Leopold Square is bigger and better than before, having transformed into an old-world replica of its previous location on Trippet Lane. With two floors and double its previous capacity, the increased space has made extra room for activities. From live music to a variety dance classes, Cubana offers a range of entertainment every night. Whether it’s a bite to eat or a boogie, all your needs are catered for.

On the subject of food, the latest menu offers an interesting variation of tapas, bringing the best of Spanish and South American flavours. There is a choice of a full tapas menu, two great value-for-money set menus or a build-your-own menu for groups and parties which can be pre-ordered. Try the fillet of hake in sambuca sauce, one of the house specialities, or keep things simple with the ever-popular fresh meatballs. And for the vegetarians amongst us, there is a vast selection of creative meat-free dishes.

We strongly advise you take advantage of Happy Tapas Hour, which runs until 6pm every day. The venue is also available to hire on Sundays, whenever you like between midday and midnight. With a lively atmosphere and understated decor, Cubana offers great value food and a cracking all-round experience. Go down and see for yourself.

Now Then Discounts App

And we’re live. This month marks the grand opening of the Now Then Discounts App for Androids and Apples alike. Free to download, it’s a good way of keeping tabs on and showing appreciation for the independent traders that give this city its character. Sheffield is at a crossroads that other big cities passed a long time ago, so it’s absolutely crucial that we start to actively make it into a place we are proud of, rather than going with the tidal flow of chain pubs and multiplex cinemas.

The idea of the app is to encourage us all to make local shopping an everyday choice. You can browse profiles on your favourite local traders, many of whom are providing exclusive offers and discounts, which can be redeemed by showing the app as you reach the counter. There is also a handy interactive map, so you can find out exactly where all of these fantastic places are located, along with opening times and contact details. So far we already have over 100 businesses listed, including the Showroom Cinema, Record Collector, Tamper, The Milestone and Mexican Street Food Chef.

If you are an independent trader who wants to get involved, drop us a line on And for the rest of us, download and install today, and appreciate Sheffield in all of its self-sufficient glory.

Be independent. Buy independent.


Sheffield Live TV, a new local TV channel for Sheffield, launches on 23 September having raised an impressive £160,000 through a community share issue. With over 100 supporters, the funds raised will see Sheffield people, businesses and voluntary organisations participate to support local community media.

The new channel will be broadcast on Freeview channel 8, cable and online. A daily news programme will deliver the latest in-depth news from across the city, while programmes covering Sheffield music, sport, culture, arts and more will reflect the interests of local people. For original, locally made, locally relevant programming, be sure to check out SLTV on launch day later this month.


Alex Szabo-Haslam’s Waveform posters visualise the sound waves generated by some of his favourite tracks to create stunning and unique prints. Using traditional, hand-pulled silkscreen printing techniques, each is hand-crafted, with each bar individually drawn, leaving a beautiful finish on limited edition A2 prints, signed and numbered by the man himself.

Following a successful first campaign last year, the latest set of prints interpret classic dance music from 1977 to 2001, including tracks from Heaven 17, Daft Punk, New Order and Jeff Mills. This Kickstarter campaign is encouraging you to get in fast, with the project only set to run until 12 September, so prints may still be available to order as you read this. Go and check it out.


A small, local, friendly company with a strong emphasis on customer service, the clue is in the name with Sustainable Kitchens. They design, supply and fit a range of high-quality bespoke kitchens in and around Sheffield, all the while keeping environmental impacts as low as possible. Whether it’s a simple refurbishment job or a brand new kitchen, Sustainable Kitchens work closely with customers to guarantee a design that’s right for them. In using an increasing number of locally and sustainably sourced materials, they constantly work to minimise their impact on the environment and are currently going from strength to strength. Check out their brand new website for more details.


25 September, Castle House

Hosted at Castle House as part of Festival of the Mind, the Digital Democracy Debate will explore how technology and social media could give us more of a say on legislation and help us better understand the law-making process.

There will be a live debate and panel discussion including members of the Parliamentary Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy, who are still shaping their final recommendations to Parliament. Running from 2-8pm, this event is free but registration is required on the Festival of the Mind website. Interactive and engaging, it comes highly recommended for those who are interested in how technological developments could create greater transparency, accountability and democracy in government.


Union St is a new, unique co-working space in the city centre, a project run by local community interest company Common People, CADS and the University of Sheffield. The idea is to provide flexible working space for self-employed people and social enterprises springing up across the city. Opposite Howden House and near the Peace Gardens, there is affordable hotdesking, communal space including kitchen and roof terrace, and rooms are available for meetings, events and workshops.

Early bird membership is now available from £50 per month, and the official launch will take place on Saturday 4 October from 2pm. For more information, visit their site or catch them on Twitter - @UnionStCoWork.


It’s been a while since we printed our limited edition Now Then tees, designed by past featured artists Tom J Newell and Michael Latimer, so we thought it was high time we did a new run.

Strictly limited to 25, the white tees feature the popular front cover of our 26th issue, designed by Martin F Bedford. Lovingly printed by Yorkshire Tee, they are available in XS, S, M, L and XL sizes. You can grab one on our online shop, at Martin’s exhibition at Eten Café from 1 September and at the Great Steel City Blues Revue event at Victoria Works on 4 October. Lest we forget.