Bars in Cardiff
The capital of Wales, and keen bean when it comes to all thing cavorting, it's no wonder that Cardiff is such a buzz with great bars. Whether you're hankering for hand-made cocktails, looking to hunker down in a glamorous drinking den or hoping to be dazzled by by the sweet scent of champagne, we've compiled a list of great Cardiff bars so that you don't have to. Check out our recommendations for the best bars in Cardiff, and discover the liquid lush of the UK's 10th largest city.
Last updated on 3rd October 2016
Heralded for their stunning concoctions, lush libations and unique mixes, not only is Cardiff lucky enough to be getting the first Dirty Martini outside of the UK, this haven for glamorous bevvies also promises a top notch dose of late night partying.
Feel part of the family at 29 Park Place, one of Cardiff's most laidback, unpretentious, super-cool bars. With cracking grub that's made to order and an exceptional selection of punchy cocktails that are made with infused spirits and homemade bitters, this venue ticks all of the boxes. Be warned though, step into this charming Cardiff bar for a 'quick one' and you'll never want to leave...
Soda is a thriving Cardiff spot where all sorts of drinking escapades can be satisfied. Promising anything from late night revelry with the city's best DJs to laid-back mid-week drinks at Soda's quiz night, this Cardiff gem has all bases covered. Three levels of music, debauchery and lush drinks are waiting to be explored here.
Boasting 'kickass food and exceptional drinks' The Dead Canary strives to be the best bar in the Welsh capital. Never afraid to push the boundaries, the fine folk working here have one goal each and every night: to make your experience one at The Dead Canary to remember... they don't disappoint.
A favourite for cocktails, this bar in Cardiff mixes the best in luscious libations, garnished with colourful berries and botanical beauties. Throw some shapes until 3am any night of the week - don't wait until the weekend to shake off your stresses. Get down low with your fave mates in a trendy venue with a buzzing atmosphere, one of the busiest hot spots of the late night bars in Cardiff.
This is one of the best party bars in Cardiff, with amazing spaces to choose from. Escape to a tropical haven, settle down in a cool , plush lounge for a sophisticated sojourn, or get your freak on in the funky retro Groovy Wonderland with its lit up floors and jazzy surrounds. Choose the biggest, most flexible bar in Cardiff for a night that is guaranteed to keep you entertained.
Serving the best in cocktail masterpieces, enjoy a sweet treat in the sun with a tall Rhubarb and Custard in hand on the outdoor benches, or keep your drinks grounded on the table tops in a cosy booth seat in this stylish, modern retreat. You can even sit down for a delicious dish in the sophisticated dining room, with an extenisve menu covering everything from burgers to sea bass.
Bierkeller in Cardiff is all about Bavarian drinking culture with long communal tables, huge steins of beer and traditional dress. On Fridays and Saturdays get into the Oktoberfest spirit with the traditional Oompah band who will play a lively selection of songs to chug your steins to.
Front runners in Cardiff's cocktail scene, Lab 22 is the destination to visit if you're looking for some of the most creative concoctions in town. From prohibition inspired classics and flambé favourites, to unique mixes and hand-made potions, the level of mixology here is undeniable.
A Cardiff nook that oozes classic charm and a dark sort of luxe with rouge washed walls and exposed brickwork. Antique chandeliers hand above the bar and darling drinks are the name of the drinking game. Mixology is nifty here and the music is spread across 3 floors so you can bop, shimmy of shake it to resident DJ tunes or live music sets playing everything from Jazz to Drum and Bass.m
Underground cool and industrial style are in abundance down in The Potted Pig. Taking residency of a former bank vault under Cardiff City you can dig in to a menu of seasonal foods foraged from local Welsh suppliers and prop yourself up at the bar, which doles out quite the bespoke store of Gins with every aromatic tone, infusion and scent covered. There's also cocktails of other spirits in case Gin ain't your thang.
Two rooms of opulent night life await you at Ladybird. Taking residency is a basement plot under St Mary Street, it's all brickwork and low archways down in this drinking den. With a 4am licence over the weekend, satisfy some serious liquid lusting and dance floor antics at Ladybird where international DJs pump out sets and plush cocktails pour from the bar.
Great for alfresco eats in Cardiff, this spacious beer garden with its quaint picnic tables is a great spot for sun soaking. For those (more common) rainy days, grab a plush leather armchair, nestle in and enjoy the funky decor and stag heads jutting out from the walls. One of the best bars for entertainment in Cardiff, enjoy a range of cabaret delights, live gigs and even film screenings.
This cosy, quirky little venue is a great spot for a nibble while you tipple. Expect towering burgers with all kinds of fun ingredients packed in, with chips thrown into the mix between your baps and the tenderest of pulled pork and meat pates. Fine wines and bottled beers are also on the menu so have a drink in a topnotch burger bar in Cardiff.
A feast for the eyes, this bunting-strewn, floral-flecked, cutesie cubbyhole is the perfect sweet retreat for your intimate catch ups, your group gossips and your foodie festivities. Order from this all-veggie menu and discover a world of colourful concoctions and fantastic flavours piled onto your plates. Gorgeous cocktails are also on offer so treat yourself to a tasty tipple in one of the cutest bars in Cardiff.
A hot-to-trot, and happening party palace in Cardiff, Peppermint is where the city's young and fun come out to play. Whether they're knocking back Banoffee Pie flavoured cocktails, tucking into a flat iron steak or enjoying the 2-4-1 deals , this den of debauchery is a must for weekend hangs, opening until 3am in the morning, every darn day.
A cutesy independent, sitting pretty on Mill Lane, Pitch is a must-try destination for cocktails and dining alike. With their rustic Scandi-style edge, Pitch makes for a darling evening of seasonably sourced plates, drinking on the patio, lush cocktails and early evening date nights.
A party hangout in the ever bustling St Mary Street, Yard Bar and Kitchen is a corker of a destination for affordable boozing and laid back fun. From live music and sports, to cocktails, craft beer and the space for many a private party, catch the antics at Yard Bar and Kitchen for a top night out.
Perfect for those late night private parties, hit this huge dance floor for some shimmy shaking and body popping. Serving buffet goodies including rustic chips and ciabatta, nibble as you tipple in this great bar with all your favourite people. There are some bargain drinks deals here, with four bottles of prosecco for just £50, so get involved and get your drunk on to the best beats in town.
Few do live sport like The Bunker. Handsomely equipped with 15 flat screens, a plasma wall and a 3D projector, it’s a great place to catch every goal, try, pass and wicket as they happen. Once you’re done with the sport it’s time to dance, as the venue throws its collective hands in the air to an eclectic soundtrack until well into the night. Cheap, lively and always offering a great atmosphere.
Brewhouse is a thriving spot to get your live music fix any day of the week with a great spread of local bands taking to their stage on the regular. Expect a buzzing mix of tunes, super cheap drinks deals and some classic pub style nosh that will satisfy any hunger. Fill your boots on sporting events, DJs, dancing and all manner of night life treats here.