Best bars in Cardiff


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Cardiff has one of the UK’s liveliest bar scenes, ranging from traditional pubs to upmarket cocktail bars and everything in between. Whether you’re strolling to one of the haunts below from your city centre pad, catching a taxi in from Bridgend or visiting the Welsh capital for the weekend from Barry, here we pick out five of the best bars in Cardiff.

The Alchemist

If innovation and top-notch mixology are what you’re after, the Alchemist is your go-to place. Located on St Mary Street just steps from the city’s historic castle, this is one of the very best bars in Cardiff city centre for cocktails. Based on a concept of magical mystique and sorcery, you can explore the world of molecular mixology at this unconventional bar.

The Botanist

A stone’s throw from the Alchemist, the Botanist take a slightly brighter approach to cocktails with its horticulturally-inspired concept. It’s a wonderful place to sip delicious drinks created by highly-skilled bartenders, while there’s also a superb food menu if you want to have a small bite or a more substantial meal. Plus, live music often reverberates around the menu to lend a little more atmosphere to proceedings, and the roof terrace is the place to be on a sunny day.

Lab 22

Another cocktail bar that’s sure to take you on an exciting journey, the menu at Lab 22 features everything from prohibition-era classics to signature science-based efforts. Expect plenty of blow torches, dry ice and smoke guns in the Signature and New Age sections of the drinks list. And don’t miss the happy hour rates between 5pm and 9pm from Sunday to Friday!

The Admiral

One of the best bars Cardiff has to offer if you want to enjoy stunning views while sipping your favourite drink, the name of this haunt pays homage to its bayside setting. Expertly made cocktails go down all the sweeter over sunset, while the food menu is also superb. Upmarket and stylish, the Admiral’s terrace is a hugely popular place to relax on a pleasant afternoon and into the evening.

The Cambrian Tap

If you’re more of a beer drinker than a cocktail sipper, the Cambrian Tap is for you. Serving some of the finest craft beer you can hope to find anywhere in town, this bar is only a short stroll from Cardiff Central train station and the Principality Stadium. A simple, rustic interior lets the ale do the talking, while you can complement your tipple with a hearty pie if you get peckish.

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