Cool and Quirky Bars in Cardiff

From elusive secret speakeasies through to bold and beautiful cocktail havens, this city really has a colourful bunch of places to drink. Whether you're looking for a first date, group adventure or special occasion treat, our guide to cool and quirky bars in Cardiff will have you sipping theatrical cocktails, grazing on sublime dishes and letting it all go on the dancefloor. 

Last updated on 5th August 2021




Pennyroyal

184 user reviews 5

This secret bar in Cardiff requires ringing a bell next to a sign that reads 'spirits and remedies' to enter. Once inside, you'll be amazed by the flickering candlelight, cool hip-hop soundtrack and stunning selection of drinks created by master mixologists. 

The Alchemist Cardiff

1 user review 3

Offering some of the most innovative cocktails in Cardiff, this gorgeous Castle Quarter bar and restaurant is taking your drinking experience to the next level. Their concoctions run from molecular mix-ups of your favourite classic cocktails to a full menu of augmented reality offerings.

The Dead Canary

198 user reviews 5

Indulge your senses at one of the city's most unique bars, where illicit cocktails lie at the heart of the menu. Found off the beaten track, The Dead Canary serves only the finest in handcrafted sips in cosy surroundings, with regular live music sessions to soundtrack your evening.  

Coyote Ugly Cardiff

321 user reviews 4

A real party spot whatever the weather, this lively bar in Cardiff city centre is bringing you BBQ feasts, bar-top dancing and banging drinks every night of the week. One for those who are looking for something a little different for their big night, this spot has got fun-factor alright.

Gin And Bake

1 user review 5

If you're looking for something a little different for your next girls night out in Cardiff, look no further than Gin And Bake. This gorgeous  Mermaid Quay bar is sure to live up to its reputation for perfectly blended concoctions and Insta-worthy interiors.

The Potted Pig

1 user review 5

The Potted Pig is a city centre restaurant bar serving the finest in Welsh cuisine against a backdrop of cosy interiors and bare brick walls. As for drinks? Expect a small yet perfectly formed selection with their bespoke collection of gins at the forefront. 

Chance & Counters is the perfect spot for rainy day drinks in Cardiff, offering a haven of cocktail sipping and board game competing. With over 500 classic options to choose from, you'll easily while away the hours while grazing on satisfying bites and refreshing drinks. 

Lab 22

1 user review 5

Looking for a unique place to drink in Cardiff? Lab 22 screams luxury with its menu of innovative cocktail creations, which are sure to add a dash of drama to your night out. That's not all though, as this party palace will have you letting loose on the dancefloor to live music. 

The Brass Beetle

1 user review 5

Feast on pizza and great drinks at this groovy cocktail joint. With sleek botanical-inspired interiors, and plenty of beetle-inspired artwork, it's one of the best bars in the city to get sink hours into, with a menu of classic concoctions that have been given a cheeky makeover.

The Cambrian Tap

1 user review 5

The Cambrian Tap may be one of the most casual ways to drink in the city, but that doesn't mean it isn't cool. Coming at you with some of the best craft beer in the business alongside rustic interiors, this is the perfect place to drink the afternoon away.