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Top 12 Pubs in Cardiff

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Top 12 Pubs in Cardiff

In no particular order as we like them all, we’ve put together a list of the top 12 pubs and bars in the Cardiff, it’s a mix of the traditional, the trendy and the downright quirky. Iechyd da! As we say in Wales.


  • Y Mochyn Du (The Black Pig)
    Sophia Close
    This is easily one of the best pubs in Cardiff. The staff are friendly and Welsh speaking, there’s always a nice atmosphere, a great beer garden in a huge park and a good choice of local beers and wine. The Perry Vale Welsh pear cider made just north of Cardiff is highly recommended. The food is also very good, with a good choice of proper Welsh dishes, including Laverbread (a traditional dish made from seaweed). If you're visiting Cardiff this is one place not to miss!  
  • The Old Arcade
    Church Street
    The Famous Old Arcade, known throughout the world as the place to go to when in Cardiff for a rugby match, as its packed to the rafters with a good humoured rugby atmosphere and singing. It has quite a bit of history - having opened its doors to punters way back in 1844 as the 'Birdcage Inn'. It’s also very handy for Cardiff’s Victorian Market so you can nip in for a faggot between pints of Brains. 
  • The Conway
    58, Conway Road
    A great little pub tucked away in the posh leafy suburb of Pontcanna. (think media types with wine rather than woolly jumpers and real ale). The menu offers new twists on pub classics like fish and chips, as well as more unusual dishes which are perfect for the more adventurous palate. Sunday is a great day to go there with the papers and watch an afternoon spread into the evening when the famously hard pub quiz kicks off. A bit of pub trivia for you; the Conway was used as a location for the sci-fi series Doctor Who.  
  • The Cricketers Arms
    Cathedral Road
    According to their website the Cricketers Arms has ‘the sunniest bear Garden in Cardiff’ and who are we to argue! The pub is set in a converted Victorian townhouse and has retained many of the old features. It’s a great place to spend a summers afternoon, you can almost hear the cricket being played in the stadium behind the pub. Their sister company is the Evan-Evans Brewery in Llandeilo, West Wales so they offer the full range of cask-conditioned beers. Try the Evan-Evans Warrior Ale, distinctive full bodied with malty fruity and dry hop palette and at 4.6% abv you wont be playing much cricket after a few of those! 
  • The Goat Major
    High Street
    Very handily located opposite Cardiff Castle this is a great pub for a post tour pint. The name is taken from the Mascot of the Royal 41st regiment of Wales. They carried a live goat on the Russian front line in the Crimean War. The goat survived the War and was introduced to Queen Victoria when he arrived home. This famous traditional pub is fitted all around with rich dark panelling, with black leather sofas and seats and a ‘proper old bar’. Featured in the Camra beer guide, and in a good food guide, the pub offers a great Welsh menu. 
  • 29 Park Place 
    29 Park Place
    Contemporary pub overlooking Cardiffs' civic centre often known as the Washington DC of Europe. Featuring a number of different stylish rooms to cater for all tastes. 
  • Cayo Arms
    Cathedral Road
    With a name originating from a famous Welshmen called William Julian Cayo-Evans, the leader of the 'Free Wales Army', this is a great place for real ale lovers. The Cayo Arms has been voted CAMRA pub of the year on two previous occasions (2001 & 2002). There are usually at least 6 real ales on offer at any one time, including ales from the Welsh brewer Tomos Watkins. If you have had too many ales at the end of the night you could always stagger upstairs to five en-suite bed and breakfast rooms. 
  • The Pen and Wig
    1 Park Grove
    This is a very lively, popular pub, tucked away in Cardiffs’ legal quarter but well worth finding. It attracts a mix of customers, including professionals and students by day and students by night and weekends. Families are also enticed by a good range of fantastically priced food, including Sunday Roasts, and the large bear garden. The pub supplies board games such as Risk and Monopoly so you can quite happily spend a few hours in there with your mates. 
  • Gwdihw
    6 Guildford Crescent
    We really love this place! Gwdihw (pronounced 'goody-huw', which means the sound an owl makes in Welsh) Its all a bit eccentric and quirky. Lots of 'retro' type accoutrement, odd furniture, a stage and a proper looking DJ booth. Outside is a really cute little seating area, covered, all a bit inside outside with heaters and a leather sofa. The tiny little bar really gives the impression of a homely, friendly place where the staff are part of the party.
  • Buffalo Bar
    11 Windsor Place
    Slightly quirky and arty, Buffalo is for the chic fash pack out to be seen. It's a very good looking establishment, dark lighting, chandeliers and mirrors and unique decor, you know when you're in Buffalo. They serve a gorgeous variety of beautifully presented meals during the day and early evening, and come the night; the cocktails really good!
  • Chapel 1877
    Churchill Way
    Right in the heart of the City. Three floors of luxurious surroundings, themed on the renovated Chapel first constructed in 1877. 
  • 10 Feet Tall
    11-12 Church Street

    This is a place where Cardiff's sophisticated yet fun-loving types gather to enjoy the tastes of some of the city's most on-the-mark DJs. The furniture is mix'n'match with high-backed wooden chairs, low-slung armchairs and funky, chunky brown couches and this mish mash fits perfectly with the ambient background music. Its cocktail hour-ish on a Sunday is legendary, as is the tapas and the more substantial meals. During the day it’s a great place to chill out after hitting the shops with an equally chilled alcoholic ginger beer.


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