The ultimate Cardiff Craft Beer Guide!
A good hearty pub appeals to the masses. Cardiff has an array of watering holes, traditional and trendy. If the idea of a real pub serving real beer is attractive to you – you’re in the right place!
Urban Tap House
If you’re looking for a local take on the contemporary craft beer, head to the Tap House. Owned by Newport’s brewing stars, Tiny Rebel. The Tap House is a modern, late-night beer lover’s retreat. Set across two floors of a grand old building, it hosts regular mini-beer fests, tap-takeovers, a local homebrew club and, of course, it sells loads of fantastic beer.
Built in the 1800s, the City Arms may be old but it still holds its own against all the young pretenders; it was voted Cardiff’s best pub by CAMRA in 2012. Situated a stone’s throw from Principality Stadium and Cardiff Arms Park, this godfather among the watering holes of the city centre is cherished by sports fans, students and professionals alike.
The Gravity Station
Tucked behind the St David’s shopping centre on Barracks Lane ,craft fanatics will not want to miss this gem .The funky little shop is owned by Waen Brewery and whether you’re a new or experienced ale drinker, why not perch yourself at a bar within a real ale shop and try before you buy at the Gravity Station.
The Pen and Wig
The Pen and Wig is one of the most popular drinking spots in Cardiff, with an amazing back garden and location it attracts such a diverse range of clientele. It’s a perfect place to watch live music on the weekends, sit and have a burger with your mates or soak up the sun in the garden, there are a range of beers and ales to quench the thirst.
This regular comedy and jazz venue is somewhere you can drink in style into the wee small hours . Its selection of world beers contains several modern, craft beer classics are second to none, there’s even a secret cinema in the next room!
Chapter Café Bar
Nestled within the thriving district of Canton, just outside the city centre is Chapter. A busy arts centre/Café bar. As well as hosting regular mini-beer festivals, there is the choice of an eclectic Art Cart Boutique in the grounds of the pretty architecture and a lovely seasonal, fresh menu on offer to soak up that ale!
The newest of the bars in the ‘ale quarter’ is Brewdog. The style is urban meets stripped-back student chic – think exposed brickwork, reclaimed timbers and bare stone tables. The bar is centrally located on Westgate Street opposite the Millennium Stadium. They serve an extensive range of resident and guest ales on draught. We recommend the ales on offer from local Welsh micro-brewery crafty devil. Downstairs you’ll also find a small games room, which is perfect for chilling out and they also sell their own merchandise, which make for some good souvenirs to take home.
The state-of-the-art, computer-controlled Italian brewery wrapped in shiny stainless steel is the center piece of the restaurant. All branches of Zero degrees follow the same concept of beers brewed with only natural ingredients and no pasteurization. There are seasonal specials including fruit beers and our interpretations of famous beer types from around the globe. From a Pale Ale to a mango or wheat beer, there’s a great choice of tasty beers on offer and the stone baked pizza is to die for!
The Goat Major
The small cask ale house is located right opposite the picturesque front entrance of Cardiff Castle and originated from 1830. Inside you’ll find a range of local Cask ales from Brains Brewery, including a revolving guest ale. They also feature a host of new and interesting craft ales from Brains. There’s also a menu consisting entirely of home-made pies ranging from the classical steak & ale right through to the more adventurous curried mutton or Pork, Bacon & black pudding.
Take a journey through time and beer with a Cardifferent Pub Tour. This historical walking, talking and drinking tour will take you on a journey celebrating the people of Wales and their stories within the setting of it’s capital city Cardiff. With professional actors as your guide, you will be regaled with colourful accounts of bygone times, tales and characters.
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