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 7th May 2021




The Dead Canary

197 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.  

Pennyroyal

95 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. 

Coyote Ugly Cardiff

312 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.

Dirty Martini Cardiff

13 user reviews 3

A tried and tested classic cocktail bar, Dirty Martini Cardiff serves up some of the best mixes in the city, making it a must for date nights, pre-drinks and group outings. Settle into the bar's Insta-worthy interiors, where cracking happy hour deals and stunning afternoon teas await. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Looking for one of the best hidden bars in Cardiff? The Blind Tiger is a lair of speakeasy interiors and prohibition inspired cocktails. Secretive, interesting and elusive, this bar is a top spot on Saturday nights, offering revellers an experience to remember. 

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. 

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.