Weird and Wonderful Bars in Cardiff

We all like a nice pint of ale in a quiet pub every now and then, but sometimes you want something just a bit different. But much like the capital itself, there are tonnes of weird and wonderful bars in Cardiff perfect for anyone looking for an alternative night out. Whether their cocktail list raises an eyebrow or their entertainment options are out of this world, here's our list of the best alternative bars in Cardiff.

Last updated on 6th March 2020




Old Havana Cardiff

28 user reviews 4

Fronting authentic Latin eats and a stunning cocktail selection, this quirky bar in Cardiff city centre is evoking the spirit of the Cuban capital with a regular line-up of drinks deals and big party nights to get involved with every night of the week.

The Dead Canary

2 user reviews 5

Definitely one of the more wonderful bars in Cardiff, The Dead Canary invites you to be waited on hand-and-foot as they craft you some delicious cocktails. Sip on a selection of carefully crafted mixes in their Grade II-listed building as the sensual sounds of jazz plays in the background.

A spot for gamers, ravers and new music nerds, Kongs is an arcade and watering hole you won't want to pass by. Located in the heart of the city, this St Mary Street bar can sort you for classic consoles, craft beers and a huge line up of events, from club nights complete with international DJ talent, to the best new bands.

Pennyroyal

40 user reviews 5

If you're looking for some of the finest cocktails in the city, this quirky bar in Cardiff should be one of the first places you head to. Fronting a stunning selection of innovative drinks, their sultry bar space also plays host a range of themed menu nights and tasting events.

A restaurant and wine bar in Victoria Park, this chic little spot on the corner of Cowbridge East has been earning itself quite the reputation. Alongside a delectable range of seasonal small plates made from only the finest Welsh ingredients, the bar serves a cleverly curated menu of biodynamic wines, on tap and by the glass.

For pizzas and cocktails in a chic setting, this Whitchurch Street wonder is the place to be. Decked out in delicious forest greens, botanical motifs and comfy seating, it's the perfect place to while away an afternoon with friends, or enjoy a casual date night with the other half.

Part contemporary bar, part science laboratory, Caroline Street's Lab 22 is all about experimentation. Using smoke, interesting mixtures and scientific beakers to create some spectacular mixes, all the city's cocktail pilgrims make this low-lit mecca a must-visit.

While The Cosy Club might have found a home in one of the more contemporary areas of the city, but the insides are capital R Retro. Faded portraits line the walls, there's lamps that belong in a different century and more taxidermy than a hunter's lodge. Grab a burger, one of their sweet cocktails, and relax in this alternative bar in Cardiff.

Home to one of Cardiff's largest selections of craft beer, Head of Steam is all about doing the simple things excellently. With interiors that nod to the industrial era, a massive rotation of excellent brews and some of the best burgers in the city, it's got a hint of weird, and a whole lot of wonderful.

A board game bar with a boozy difference, this fun and friendly spot over on the high street brings you a mammoth selection of tabletop games, alongside tasty comfort food to keep you fuelled up, and cocktails and craft beers to help you celebrate those big wins, and the little ones too.