The Best Pubs And Bars In Cardiff, Wales

Mill Lane, Cardiff|©Jon Candy/Flickr
Mill Lane, Cardiff|©Jon Candy/Flickr
Photo of Nicholas Witts
16 May 2017

Cardiff’s cosmopolitan, modern vibe means that there is a vast array of first class bars and pubs within the city. It is stacked with some truly unique watering holes that you’d never expect to find, while also catering for those who like a more traditional drink. These are some of the best pubs and bars in Cardiff you need to discover.

The Cambrian Tap

Bar, Pub Grub, British, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$

For those who like a tipple, The Cambrian Tap is an ideal place. Prepare to be treated to a large range of Brains Craft Brewery and guest rotational cask and keg beers with no less than 18 draught products; including the specially brewed Cambrian Pale, a hoppy pale ale hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Mosaic. The interior also features an enormous ‘Whose Beer’ wall, showcasing those who have inspired and contributed to the extensive range of beers from Brains Craft Brewery. They are the self proclaimed ‘oasis of craft beer in a desert of lager’.


Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Steakhouse, British, German, $$$
Brew dog Beer
Brew dog Beer | ©Christer Edvartsen/Flickr

Situated just a stone’s throw away fork the iconic arches of the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff’s own Brewdog specialises in the finest craft beer and on-tap drinks. With a modern aesthetic, the bar creates an inimitable setting in which to relax, indulge and explore the wonderful, welcoming world of craft beer. Hang out with friends, hunker down with a few halves or grab a board game and make a night of it.

The Dead Canary

Cocktail Bar, Bar, Contemporary, Cocktails, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, $$$
The Dead Canary offers a collection of classic cocktails, turned on their head through the use of eccentric infusions and exotic ingredients. Arguably one of the best cocktail bars in Cardiff, The Dead Canary triggers your inner child’s imagination and takes you down the rabbit hole in a somewhat Alice In Wonderland experience. Inside, the bar’s décor is highly influenced and inspired by Welsh industrial heritage. A visit here will give you a truly unique experience.

Gassy Jacks

Pub, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Gassy Jacks is a roomy bar with a mezzanine level, live music evenings, live sport screenings and a pub grub menu. It is a Mecca in the area of Cathays, situated just outside the city centre, and is often filled with eager customers. Time your visit right and you will be able to kick back with a cool cocktail and listen to some live music.

Lab 22

Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$

Established in 2012, Lab 22 has been at the cutting edge of the capital’s bustling nightlife, allowing discerning guests an opportunity to sample an array of liquid delights. Famous for fusing your favourite tipples with a specialist science edge, Lab 22 creates an unforgettable experience for all guests. It has built and maintained a reputation within the capital for delighting Cardiff’s finest party goers with the most exuberant, sensory and unforgettable experiences. It is one of the most unique bars and is a forerunner in creating a truly distinctive drink.

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