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Friday 15 September 2023


What better way to get in the festive spirit than a pub and bar crawl around Cardiff City Centre with best your friends?

We have created a Cardiff 12 Pubs of Christmas guide for you to throw on your favourite woolly jumper and sample what delicious food and drink they have to offer. We have included a range of different waterholes for casual pints, classy cocktails and drinks with a difference – there’s something for everyone.

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Dazzlingly decorated, picturesque venues offer an atmosphere like no other. Immerse yourself in live music, enjoy festive tipples and dig into delicious menus that bring Christmas cheer.
Keep the party going and request your favourite song to dance the night away with our talented live artists.

Church St, CF10 1BG


Enjoy a festive tipple in your go-to Irish pub, where the laughter is contagious, the pints are poured to perfection, and the craic is always mighty. The cosy bar is a place to enjoy authentic Irish flavours, from classic stouts and whiskeys to hearty Irish dishes that warm the soul. Join them for a taste of Ireland and a dose of Irish hospitality.

6 High St, CF10 1FA


Only a short walk to the city centre and some of Cardiff’s main attractions is the Pontcanna Inn. With fantastic outside terraces while the main bar and dining area serves the best of hearty, healthy food with an eclectic range of drinks.

Cathedral Rd, CF11 9LL


Make a stop at The Philharmonic for a Christmas experience like no other. We’re your go-to destination for the festive season! Book anything from a private area with their delicious Christmas Buffet, to a Festive Brunch with Friends. There’s plenty of drink packages available for those looking to dance the night away into the early hours in the famous Club 360.

St Mary St, CF10 1FA


Pop in for a drink at this fiercely independent bar, priding themselves on simple, honest, modern Welsh ingredients. Open from breakfast ’till cocktails daily, if you’re peckish why not fuel up with a delicious meal? Obsessively, Pitch seek the best, most mouth-watering ingredients they can find locally from farmers, growers, makers and markets, fusing them together to create innovative flavours and fresh, vibrant, sumptuous dishes; putting passion for your palate on a plate.

Mill Lane, CF10 1FL

Pitch Bar & Eatery


Chill out with your mates and enjoy a drink at the city’s coolest hotspot, the exciting Ice Bar experience at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland! This is an Instagrammers’ heaven with sub-zero temperatures and yes, everything is made out of ice. To visit the Ice Bar, make sure you pre-book a timed slot. The ever popular two-story ski lodge, Sur la Piste, is also returning and this year it’s coming with a brand new, outdoor roof terrace.

City Hall Lawn & Cardiff Castle Grounds


The Bavarian themed Festive Quarter has been a popular fixture on Working Street for many a year, providing an atmospheric haven amid all the hustle and bustle. Make sure you stop by, grab a table in the cosy cabins and enjoy a much needed beer and bratwurst, it’s the perfect way to power up before the next round of Christmas shopping!

Working Street, CF10 1GN


Want to liven things up? Proud Mary is a party pub for the more mature audience. With inspiration from UK’s pubs and the festive atmosphere in the German bier halls and gardens, they’ve created a modernized pub with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect to end your festive shin-dig!

St Mary St, CF10 1FA


Get piste at an exhilarating winter wonderland where icy thrills, snowy adventures and Bingo await! Join Depot for a spellbinding ski-themed extravaganza that will ignite your spirit and set your pulse racing. Throughout the evening, prepare to be taken on a festive adventure with our DJ host and daredevil stunt performing stage performers who push the boundaries of what is possible on the slopes.

Curran Embankment, CF10 5DY



Looking for something more traditional? A beer lover’s paradise for years the City Arms has been one of Cardiff’s must visit pubs. They have a continually changing guest beers from around Wales and the rest of the UK along with an impressive bottled selection.

Quay Street, CF10 1EA


Throughout all three floors, you’ll find nods to the wonderful city, lights that dance in time to the music, Bella and Astrid, our fairground horses, and incredible bars to enjoy a cocktail or three at. And that’s not all! You’re guaranteed to feel like the Champion of the World on our heated roof terrace that’s fit with cosy cabins and a traditional caravan. Oh, and did we mention the disco phone box? Give it a ring; you never know who might answer.

3-4 St Mary St, CF10 1AT


The Ivy Cardiff brings relaxed, sophisticated all-day dining to the heart of the capital.  As well as the main dining area, full of beautiful Art-Deco detail and striking burnt orange banquettes, there’s our show-stopping first-floor bar, set underneath a stunning blossom tree.

Immerse yourself in the enchantment of Christmas with our Festive Set Menus, crafted to capture the magic of the season. Available from 14th November, enjoy two courses for £50 or three-courses for £55, and delight in our show-stopping Goose and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie and the irresistible Christmas Crème Brûlée, amongst other festive dishes.

The Hayes, CF10 1GA


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