Pubs to watch Rugby in Cardiff

Is there a better city to watch rugby in than Cardiff? Almost certainly not. The raucous atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium is one thing, but the passion for the sport extends way beyond this wonderful sporting arena and into most of the pubs and bars dotted about the city. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite sports bars in this guide to the best places to watch the rugby in Cardiff.

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They’re absolutely mad for their sport at The Bunker, central Cardiff’s premier hangout for rock music and all the big fixtures. Get in ahead of the crowds and book out one of their free booths to secure the best seats in the house, with signature Rocktails and £2.50 pints flowing at the bar and loads of HD screens to guarantee a great view of the action.

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Located within cheering distance of the Millennium Stadium, The Old Arcade’s legendary showcase of memorabilia makes it one of the most atmospheric and unique places to watch rugby in Cardiff. Surrounded by the jerseys of some of the greatest players of our time, watch every try and every drop goal on 7 screens dotted about the place, with delicious Welsh fare on the menu and a solid mix of Brains beers and regularly rotating cask ales on tap.

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Another lively boozer trusted by sports fans come matchday is Yard Bar & Kitchen, located right in amongst all the action on St. Mary’s Street. There’s a good buzz to this place no matter what time of week you’re coming by, with good value food and live music every Friday and Saturday to hang about and enjoy after the final whistle. It’s one of the best Cardiff sports pubs and drinks are on point too; with 2-4-1 cocktails often available alongside a wide range of cheap and cheerful ales.

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If you’re close to the City Arms and Wales score a try, you will know all about it. Mostly because it’s right next to the national stadium, but also because the fans here make a real racket themselves whenever those red men cross the line. The City Arms is renowned for its excellent range of beer - there’s always an interesting drop of ale to be had here - and there’s no doubting its credentials as one of the best pubs near the Millennium Stadium.

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The first thing that springs to mind with The Goat Major? Delicious pie and pint combinations, of course, but there’s really much more to this gem of a boozer close to Cardiff Castle. It’s also a leading spot showing the rugby in Cardiff, with fans creating a great and passionate atmosphere, especially for Blues and Wales matches. Our tip? Leave your spot a little before half-time and get your pie order in ahead of the crowds.

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So much more than just a great place to watch the rugby in Cardiff, the Urban Taphouse is also the country’s first venue dedicated to craft beer and cider. Spanning five rooms and two floors this is a vast space to settle into for the match, with this excellent choice of tipples matched by the burger selection. Don’t be surprised to find this one pretty rammo though; the stadium is just across the road.

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