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Fun in The Sun: Cardiff's Beer Gardens and Rooftop Terraces
26 August 2022
We don’t know about you but when the weather is warm and the sky is bright with the sun shining down, then there’s nowhere better to soak up the sun than at one of Cardiff’s welcoming beer gardens or panoramic roof terraces. If you’re the same, then take a look 14 of Cardiff’s most popular places to enjoy a refreshing pint (or glass) of your chosen tipple, served up with a hearty meal. Here you can while away the day into the night.
1. THE GRANGE
Sister pub to the Lansdowne in Canton, The Grange is just as successful after winning the CAMRA pub of the year in 2018 and the OFM top places to drink in 2017. It’s the perfect place to relax in their sunny beer garden with real ales, craft beers and home cooked food. Loved by locals for their amazing Sunday lunches! Enjoy your drink outside in the beautiful beer garden and or catch a performance by a local musician.
Location: 134 Penarth Road, CF11 6NJ
Pitch Bar & Eatery is a fun and friendly spot to savour the flavour of Wales, proudly serving all things Welsh from the cocktail card to the food menu.
Fiercely independent, they priding themselves on simple, honest, modern Welsh food. Open from breakfast ’till cocktails daily, every dish served is lovingly handmade with heart from their home on Mill Lane.
Location: 3 Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1FL
3. THE BOTANIST
A concept like no other, botanical cocktails, craft beer & ales; food inspired by the deli, rotisserie & BBQ. Live music every night, sublime times guaranteed and sporting a roof terrace overlooking the city, perfect for sunny days.
Location: 10 Church Street, Cardiff CF10 1BG
Above Jacobs you’ll find a wonderful terrace with spectacular views over Cardiff. Nestled amongst the high-rise hotels and office blocks over looking all of the Mill Lane madness, you’ll find a hidden gem rooftop garden, perched above Jacobs Antique Centre. A secret oasis with views over the city centre and beyond.
Location: West Canal Wharf, Cardiff CF10 5DB
The Pontcanna Inn is situated on Cathedral Road, a short walk to the city centre and some of Cardiff’s main attractions, including the Castle and Principality Stadium. Boasting fantastic outside terraces while the main bar and dining area serves the best of hearty, healthy food with an eclectic range of drinks. There’s something for everyone at the Pontcanna, this lively pub is bound to give you a great experience long into the night.
Location: 36 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9LL
Not quite your traditional pub – unique craft beers are brewed on-site in a brew-tiful microbrewery and every dish on the menu is matched to a style of beer, which are often included in the cooking. Brewhouse & Kitchen are pleased to welcome well behaved children, dogs and adults.
Location: Sophia Close, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9HW
7. THE ROMILLY
The Romilly is a well-run community pub in Canton offering a range of home-cooked meals, with vegetarian and children’s meals available. As the perfect accompaniment to the food, they have been awarded a Cask Marque for the quality of our beers, including a good selection of Brains’ traditional ales. Families are welcome and there is a large beer garden for those warm summer days. Darts facilities, Juke box and Live Sports are also available.
Location: 69-71 Romilly Crescent, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9NQ
The Robin is known for its great ales, wine, spirits and much more, as well as great fresh home cooked Sunday Roast and a large beer garden in the heart of Pontcanna.
Location: 16 Severn Grove, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9EN
The Pen and Wig have something to suit every occasion. Whether it’s a relaxing haven from shopping, a place to meet friends or colleagues from work or you can simply find a quiet corner to grab a drink or a bite to eat. Serving up an idyllic beer garden to soak in the sun.
Location: 1 Park Grove, Cardiff CF10 3BJ
10. JUNO LOUNGE
With lovely big windows, it’s a great place to watch the world stream by. Enjoy a great range of food and drinks served in a welcoming, laid back atmosphere. Upstairs sports a cosy roof terrace, perfect for those warmer days.
Location: 4 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3PB
11. LO LOUNGE
Cool edgy cocktail bar and street food vendors overlooking the stunning Cardiff Bay. This place arguably has some of the best views in the city.
Location: Heol Porth Teigr, Cardiff, CF10 4GA
12. THE WATERGUARD
The Waterguard is a lovely pub in a beautiful waterside spot, serving traditional Samuel Smiths drinks and great food daily. This is a digital detox pub, no mobiles or laptops allowed, so come and have a real chat while passing some time with great beer and great people! Enjoy the amazing views across the bay with both front and back beer gardens.
Location: Harbour Drive, Cardiff CF10 4PA
The Plymouth’s menus are full of hearty favourites and country pub classics, as well as our seasonal spring dishes. Offering up a well-stocked bar, including cask ales, fine wines and British gin to suit very taste – which will taste all the better when enjoyed either in our beautiful gardens or by our crackling log fires.
Location: St. Fagans, Cardiff CF5 6DU
14. TY MAWR
An exceptional pub with fine food and outstanding views, The Ty Mawr is perfect for all year round dining. Grab a table by the fire, or a spot in our garden and settle in to enjoy our food and drink selections. Dishing up delicious plates of comforting, traditional favourites, with delightfully modern twists. Moreish sharers, nibbles and salads are ideal if you want a quick bite, or if you want something a little different try one of our daily specials.
Location: Graig Road, Lisvane, Cardiff CF14 0UF
Now you know some of the outdoor watering holes our beautiful city has to offer, the power’s in your hands to enjoy a crisp, refreshing pint in the sun. Cheers!
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