The former Firwood Cottage in Walkley is currently undergoing renovation and is set to reopen as the Blind Monkey, a speakeasy-themed gastropub, in the new year. The Ecclesall Ale Club, located in the former Eccy Booze shop on Ecclesall Road, opened on 17 November and is serving five cask ales from the Brew Foundation and guests. There are also eight keg lines and an extensive range of bottles and cans. The micropub is open 11:30am-11pm seven days a week. A new pub quiz has started at the Bar Stewards on Thursday nights. The first quizmaster was our very own social secretary, Patrick. The Rutland Arms on Brown Street is set to undergo a bar refit with all the handpumps being replaced with new ones, and extra keg and cider lines added. The new Public bar, located in the former public toilets underneath the Town Hall, is set to open on 24 November. A new bar called Café Totem has opened on the site of the former Rocking Chair on Furnival Gate. According to their website, they are hoping to have real ale available again soon. Bungalows and Bears on Division Street is set to reopen on 30 November following refurbishment. The Psalter on Psalter Lane has been purchased by a Chinese investor, who apparently plans to renovate the building before leasing the ground floor as a bar and restaurant and converting the former hotel rooms into residential accommodation. Linzi Talbot and her partner Paul are the new licensees at the Chantrey Arms in Woodseats, having previously run the Hollin Bush in Intake. The current real ales are Tetley’s and Abbeydale Moonshine, but they are hoping to extend the range soon. The Guzzle micropub in Woodseats is now open and proving very popular. Owned by Jason Thompson and Craig Singleton, the bar offers five regularly changing real ales. Opening hours are 3pm-11pm Monday to Thursday, 12pm-11pm Friday to Sunday. The former landlord of the Wharncliffe Arms, Dave Briggs, has moved just up the road to take over at the Blue Ball.