Cardiff Pubs and Bars
Our Welsh city of Cardiff is one of the most culturally prosperous in the country, from the unique boutiques which colour the rich retail sector to the expanding commercial hub which brings professionals from far and wide. There are countless Cardiff pubs in which to quench one’s thirst too or perhaps fulfil the simple longing to sit down and spend quality time with friends. If you’ve only got limited time in Cardiff, make sure you only head to the finest Cardiff pubs on offer. Here’s a look at the best the city has to offer:
1. The Walkabout – Cardiff Pubs
This popular Cardiff haunt has a distinctively down-under feel with its Australian theme. It’s a huge drinking venue which is always pumping the latest tunes and keeping the locals entertained. By day it works as one of the traditional Cardiff pubs in which to catch the big games, but by night it transforms into a busting nightclub. Within close proximity to Cardiff’s centre it’s a popular option for tourists in the central hotels and you’ll find plenty of locals here too.
2. 33 Windsor Place – Cardiff Pubs
A popular place amongst professionals looking to wine and dine their clientele or catch up with friends for after work drinks. One of our smart and classy Cardiff pubs where you are likely to spot everyone suited and booted enjoying a pint of Cardiff’s finest ale, Brain’s. There is an outside seating area which is very popular in the summer months. Struggling to find this pub? Look for the church on Windsor Place and you will find 33 Windsor Place next door.
3. The Eli Jenkins – Cardiff Pubs
If you want to rub shoulders with the most prestigious of Cardiff pubs clientele, head to The Eli Jenkins; a large pub with a trendy and contemporary atmosphere, it’s a really nice place to check out the bohemian culture of the city. Despite its grand size, the pub is always packed during the summer so this is a brilliant watering hole for those who like a lively night out.
The Goat Major-Cardiff Pubs
4. The Goat Major
For those in need of a traditional pub experience, head to the central Goat Major tavern which has been an active motif in Welsh history. Enjoy a couple of hours within the traditional welsh environment, a nice stop for those who like a quiet pint or four. One of the most traditional Cardiff pubs on offer in the city.
5. The Pen and Wig – Cardiff Pubs
When you are looking for Cardiff pubs that have got something for everyone, don’t miss The Pen and Wig. This pub has brilliant ales, affordable foods and a mix of professionals and families who enjoy all that this tavern has to offer. You’ll find a huge beer garden for the summer months and pool tables under the night sky for entertainment with your mates. This pub is a popular meeting point for local students too.
6. The Waterguard
For a low key evening, a visit to The Waterguard is a must. This stunning venue by the Cardiff Bay makes for a sophisticated yet relaxed evening out. The décor is very unusual, with the venue feeling more like a castle than one of our traditional Cardiff pubs. It has a range of distinctly British ales to offer and the summer delight has to be the wheat beer. This venue also offers an outdoor area from which to enjoy a drink and admire the views.
When visiting the beautiful Welsh countryside you’ll find plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy a good local brew before continuing to explore the many attractions of the country. Here’s a look at two of the best Welsh tradition taverns that should not be missed:
7. The Old Cottage – Cardiff Pubs
If you are looking for a traditional and tranquil country pub, The Old Cottage can be found on Cherry Orchard Lane in Lisvane, Cardiff. This pub is as pretty as a picture from the outside, with its whitewashed walls and Welsh slate tiling on the roof. Inside you’ll find it warm and welcoming with a cosy ambiance all around you.
Cardiff Pubs and Bars
As well as the traditional pubs you’ll find across the city, explore the many bars that it has to offer. Here are 5 of the best Cardiff boozy clubs:
1. Club Ifor Bach
Located on Womanby Street, Club Ifor Bach is found across from the majestic Cardiff Castle. Here you’ll find the indie set of Cardiff as this venue is known to the locals as one of the more ‘alternative’ bars – and the liveliest! It plays host to up and coming local bands and was once host to the then then unknown New York band The Strokes.
2. Fat Cats Café Bar – Greyfriars Road
The Fat Cats Café Bar is based in the second main nightlife district of the city, an area which has greatly expanded over recent years. It’s the place to be for main stream music and on-trend style. Monday is a popular night for students with plenty of cocktail offers to make the most of. Ladies night is Thursdays from 6pm.
3. Tiger Tiger – Greyfriars Road
This diverse venue has 4 different bars and a club with three specious themed Moroccan inspired rooms for plenty of space to party. This bar has a similar vibe to Fat Cats Café Bar – it’s full of trendy mainstream types with chart music blaring. It’s quite a pricey place to drink but if you want upmarket fun then it’s defiantly worth a visit.
4. Club Metropolitan – Bakers Row
Club Metropolitan, or Metros as it’s known to the locals, is a love it or hate it kind of venue. Some think of it as a ‘sweaty hell hole’ whilst others appreciate its alternative vibe for what it is. It’s definitely the place to be if you like rock music, and if you’re not so keen in heavier sounds, you might just enjoy it for the dirt cheap drinks all night, a different alternative to a Cardiff pub.
5. Contis– Mill Lane
For a modern city centre bar that is strictly upmarket, head to Contis on Mill Lane. The clientele here are stylish locals between the ages 25-35 and there’s a strict policy of ‘no chavs’ which keeps the venue sophisticated at all time.
As you can see there are a large number of Cardiff pubs for you to choose from. You can sure to find a pub in Cardiff that is for you.
Author Paul Taylor