Best Pubs in Cardiff
Searching for a fantastic boozer to enjoy a pint on your Cardiff stag do? Lucky for you, there are plenty of awesome Cardiff pubs to explore!
When it comes to discovering the best drinking hotspots that the Welsh capital has to offer, we’ve got you covered with an extensive list of the best pubs in Cardiff! Whatever your plans are, a day-drinking session or a night out in this city will take you around some fantastic venues, from cosy beer gardens to lively & atmospheric taverns. However you want to celebrate, you simply can't miss out on visiting some of these Cardiff pubs on your next visit.
1. The Cambrian Tap
If you’re a fan of craft beers, IPAs, pale ales and anything in between, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for or maybe even discover something completely new at The Cambrian Tap in Cardiff. Located just a short distance away from Cardiff Central train station and on the doorstep of the Atlantic Wharf, this vintage-chic pub’s retro décor will make you feel warm and cosy as soon as you arrive, making it a great place to sit down and enjoy a drink in a casual and welcoming environment.
2. Queens Vaults
A classic craft ale pub in the heart of the city, the Queen's Vaults Cardiff is a brilliant place to try all sorts of weird and wonderful craft beers from all over the country. Showing live sports on their TVs throughout the week, this place also boasts a pool table, dart boards and a classic jukebox, a lost relic in many pubs today!
3. Tiny Rebel Cardiff
With its origins as a start-up brewery in Newport, Tiny Rebel Cardiff has become one of the biggest and best places to sample great beer in the entire capital. Specialists in weird and wonderful Welsh craft beers, we’re sure that even the fussiest drinker in the group will find something that they’ll love at this awesome drinking spot. With regular arcade game nights and live jazz performances each month, you really cannot go wrong with this independent pub. Here are some of the best hotels in Cardiff city centre if you're looking to spend the night here.
4. Pen & Wig
A contemporary English pub that couples a warm & cosy atmosphere with great food and drink, the Pen & Wig describes itself as being a haven in the middle of the city. Just a stones’ throw away from the bustling Queen Street, this pub has been included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for a number of years and delivers when it comes to serving a great selection of real ale from local breweries, beers from across Wales and further beyond. With a spacious beer garden and live music all year round, this pub is always worth checking out if you find yourselves passing by. See all the best cocktail bars in Cardiff for after your pub crawl.
Belonging to the well-loved pub chain Greene King, Glassworks Cardiff is a lively all-day venue on the doorstep of the Millennium Stadium in the heart of the Welsh capital. Also perfect for live sports events with its large TV screens, Glassworks brings together that classic warm and inviting English pub atmosphere with a fantastic menu of pub grub comfort food and even better beers on tap. Alongside the fact that the pub offers some amazing drinks deals on cocktails, spirits and beers, you will be spoilt for choice with what’s on offer here no matter what you drink of choice is.
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6. Old Arcade
The Old Arcade is one of best sports pubs by far and popular with Cardiff stag weekends. A traditional pub belonging to the Brains company (brewers of Wales’ preferred pint!), this vibrant drinking spot is a popular destination for local sports enthusiasts and visitors alike. With a fantastic menu serving only the best pub grub comfort food and a range of beers and ales to take your fancy, you and your group can easily spend an entire night in this awesome city centre pub!
7. The Lansdowne Pub
If you’re looking for a pub with an old school charm with a contemporary atmosphere and fantastic food, then look no further than The Lansdowne Pub in Cardiff. A gastropub serving high quality pub grub food and being named the CAMRA Cardiff Pub of the Year for 3 separate years, there’s no reason why you and your group shouldn’t swing by this fantastic pub for a pint or two! Here are the best pubs in Glasgow if you fancy heading up North.
8. The Cricketers
Situated in a traditional Victorian townhouse, The Cricketers is one of the best places to head to if you’re looking to sample some amazing Welsh real ales, craft lagers and more. A popular drinking hotspot for local people and visitors, The Cricketers features a great beer garden and a warm and welcoming bar inside, making this the perfect place to bring your group for a few pints before hitting the town. You will probably be wanting to know where the best clubs in Cardiff are for after your visit around the pubs.
9. Brewhouse and Kitchen
A favourite for craft beer lovers up and down the country, Brewhouse & Kitchen Cardiff is far from your traditional British pub… With on-site brewing at the heart of what this venue does best, you can sample some of the best beers and real ales from around the UK and the rest of the world. Paired with some great food and an atmosphere unlike any other, this pub chain also accommodates for large group bookings too, so no matter what size your party is, you can be sure that you’ll have a great time at this rustic drinking hotspot. We also have a list of the best vegan restaurants in Cardiff that might take your fancy.
10. Victoria Park Pub
A classic friendly local pub just outside the city centre, the Victoria Park Pub is everything you would expect from your traditional British boozer. Bringing together a collection of guest ales and a great range of ciders, beers and wines along with a delicious pub grub menu, there’s no reason why you and your group shouldn’t pop in for a drink or two if you happen to be passing by in the area. Check out some of the best places to eat in Cardiff.
11. City Arms
On the doorstep of the Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium right at the heart of the city centre, the City Arms Cardiff is a classic pub that dates back to the late 1800s and specialises in bringing some of the best real ales to the city. If you’re looking for a centrally located pub with a rustic Victorian charm, then look no further than this hidden treasure.
12. Duke of Wellington
At the heart of all the hustle and bustle in the city centre of Cardiff, you might be quite surprised to find a pub like the Duke of Wellington. An old school pub situated in a beautiful building with wood cladding, the interior is brilliantly decorated with vintage bookshelves and classic furniture… and even a cosy fireplace for those cold winter months! So if you happen to be right in the middle of the city and you want to get away from the busyness, you probably won’t be more than a few minutes away from this traditional hotspot.
13. The Eli Jenkins
A fantastic all-round venue right next to Cardiff’s historic docks, The Eli Jenkins is a quirky modern pub with all the charm you would expect from a contemporary British pub. Boasting of a fantastic atmosphere and welcoming to visitors from all over, this local pub is right at the centre of Cardiff Bay’s historic landmarks and other places of interest, being situated just a stones’ throw away from The Senedd and the Pierhead building. So if you’re doing a bit of exploring in the area, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t stop by at this pub for a few drinks along the way.
14. The Grange Pub
Situated in the Grangetown area of the Welsh capital, The Grange Pub is another fantastic CAMRA partner, meaning that their stance on real ale and craft beers is a serious one! With traditional home-cooked pub grub and a selection of fine wine and other drinks to take your fancy, this pub is situated just a short distance from the Cardiff Bay area, making it convenient for anybody looking to go somewhere a bit different for a drink without straying too far from the heart of the city.
15. Blue Bell
Situated at the very front of Cardiff Castle’s main entrance from Castle Street, The Blue Bell is a prime drinking location for anybody exploring the city centre and everything it has to offer. Been for a day around the shops or exploring Cardiff Castle with your group? If you find yourselves in the area, head in and get sat down at this traditional pub with rustic charm and a brilliant atmosphere.
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