Weird And Wonderful Bars In Cardiff

We all like a nice pint in a quiet pub every now and then, but sometimes? You just want something a little bit... different. And lucky for you, the Welsh capital is packed with bizarre boozers and quirky digs, fronting everything from eye-raising entertainment to creative cocktails. So you can enjoy them as much as we do, here's our list of the best alternative bars in Cardiff.

Last updated on 17th May 2022

Old Havana Cardiff

218 user reviews 4

Fronting authentic Latin eats and a stunning cocktail selection, this quirky bar in Cardiff's city centre is evoking the spirit of the Cuban capital. With a regular lineup of drinks deals and big party nights to get involved with throughout the week, there's never a dull evening at Old Havana.

The Dead Canary

199 user reviews 5

Definitely one of Cardiff's most alternative bars, The Dead Canary is kitted out with 1920s decor with serves ready to wait on you hand-and-foot. Grab yourself a seat in the stunning Grade II-listed building and sip carefully crafted cocktails as the sensual sounds of jazz flow through you.


249 user reviews 5

Boasting some of the wackiest cocktails in the city, Pennyroyal is a must-visit for anyone in Cardiff. The mixologists use only the finest of spirits, muddling, shaking and pouring them, which results in bold, eccentric concoctions that are packed with buckets of flavour.

If you're looking for a cool bar in Cathays to hang out, Conspiracy Lounge should be next on your list. Not only is this joint decked out with unique and quirky artworks, but it also boasts a mega menu of cocktails, shisha and nibbles to help you chill out.

A bar dedicated to only three styles of wine: vermouth, montilla-moriles and sherry, Vermut is a fantastic spot for a quick drink in the city centre. As for food, this snazzy spot dishes out simply yet delicious tapas, with a focus on meat, cheese and cured fish.


1 user review 5

A chic restaurant with an ample selection of wine, Nook has earned itself quite the reputation as one of the best bars in Cardiff. Alongside a delectable range of seasonal small plates made from only the finest Welsh ingredients, it serves a cleverly curated menu of biodynamic vinos on tap and by the glass.

One the hunt for the quirkiest bars in Cardiff? Over on the high street, Chance and Counters brings you a mammoth selection of board games alongside tasty comfort food to keep you fuelled up. There are also cocktails and craft beers so you can celebrate those big wins, and the little ones too of course.