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Best Bars In Cardiff
The capital of Wales, and keen bean when it comes to all thing cavorting, it's no wonder that our city 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 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.
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Expect a glamourous feel to The Pennyroyal when you first walk in. With dimly lit candles and an intimate atmosphere, the bar is great for a date night or a cosy evening with friends. Try their expertly crafted cocktails, all with bespoke names and meanings.
Nestled in the very centre of the city, The Libertine is a slick, A-lister hangout with quirky decor (think unique artwork and vintage bookshelves), live music and killer cocktails. The signature sips are not to be missed, so make sure to head on over when you're next thirsty.
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Nestled on St. Mary Street over in the city centre, O'Neill's is a fantastic spot to wet your whistle with a delicious tipple or two, with beers, wines and cocktails on offer. In the way of entertainment, you'll find sports screenings, live music and banging DJs.
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 to remember.
Found at the centre of the action in the heart of the city, Tonight Josephine is the sassy cocktail bar you won't be able to miss. Fronting bold, glamorous decor and wickedly wild cocktails, this is a cracking spot for your girls' night outs, hen parties and so much more.
A hot-to-trot, and happening party palace, 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.
Famous London haunt The Cocktail Club has landed in Cardiff, with dreamy drinks, infamous masterclasses and some of the best parties in store. Better yet, with bottomless brunch soon on the cards too, this is your one-stop shop for a helluva good time.
Who would've thought one of the best bars in Cardiff would be prison? In the heart of the city lies Alcotraz: Cell Block Nine-One, an immersive secret speakeasy dishing out orange jumpsuits and a life being bars. Smuggle liquor past the warden to the 'serving' inmates for a bespoke cocktail delivered to your cell.
If you're on the hunt for bars with entertainment, The Live Lounge is a brilliant boozer. The venue comes complete with lip-smacking happy hour cocktails and scrumptious fare - think sandwiches and nachos. Enjoy while watching live music throughout the day.
Heralded for their stunning concoctions, lush libations and unique mixes, this haven for glamorous bevvies also promises a top notch dose of late night partying. Dirty Martini is perfect for all your needs whether it be the perfect date night or girls night on the town.
Add a little extra entertainment to your evening antics over at NQ64 Cardiff. Found in the city centre, this quirky spot boasts neon walls covered in graffiti, not to mention a fabulous range of retro arcade and console games. Topping it off? A menu of themed cocktails.
Inspired by the end of the Prohibition era, The Bootlegger Cardiff is decked out with quirky interiors, including reclaimed wood, beaten metal and local graffiti art. Better yet, DJs and live music add even more of a quirky party vibe to a night out here.
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.
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.
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.