The first challenge on Cardiff Meltdown is going to be “drink in 100 different bars and pubs in Cardiff” – Review each one. In 100 days… Would make it 30 days but think it might get expensive then! This will be a constantly updated post, let me know on Twitter if you have any recommendations. Also competition ends on 1st November.
1.) The Cricketers
23rd August: My personal go-to pub in Cardiff. Both with family & friends. In my opinion one of the top bars in Cardiff. Pricing about average but atmosphere is great and dog friendly for anyone wondering. Drink choice: 3 Morgan Spiced & Cokes
2.) Cathedral 73
23rd August: A boutique hotel based just outside town. Great rooms and drinks were surprisingly cheap too. Sunday lunch not to bad too. Drink choice: 3 Kraken’s & Cokes.
25th August: A modern pub based in Llandaff village, really nice place to drink although slightly on the pricey side. Drink choice: 2 Heinekens
4.) Black Lion
25th August: Another pub in Llandaff village, been cleaned up over the last 10 years and actually has a good feel to it now. Reletively cheap too. Drink choice: Rum & Coke.
5.) Cosy Club
2nd September: Situated in Cardiff city centre Cosy club as the name suggests is meant to feel like your sitting in your living room. Decor and feel is pretty relaxed and would go again. Food isn’t bad either. Drink choice: White Russian.
4th September: Situated in Cardiff centre on St Mary’s St, Missoula is an up-market bar / restaurant, with a major emphasis on cocktails. Expensive but cool bar tenders. Drink choice: Flamming 60% shots of Rum.
7.) Live Lounge
4th September: Finished off the night in Live Lounge. A live music venue in town. After 12.00 just plays classics, great for finishing a night out. Drink Choice: Jager.
8.) Plymouth Arms
10th September: Based in St Fagans the Plymouth arms is a sleepy traditional pub with decent food. Friendly staff although too busy at times. Drink Choice: Rum.
11th September: As much as it pains me to add this to the list, technically its a bar, so its going on. Night out in glam, if you’re in Cardiff on a Friday night and want to be surrounded by 965 people all looking the same then this is your place. Drink Choice: Who knows.
10.) Ten Feet Tall
16th September: 16th of September was the Mrs B’day so the obvious choice was to go out and have a few drinks (win-win). First stop was 10 feet tall, a high end cocktail bar in Cardiff city centre. Picked up a white Russian which put me back a hefty 7 quid. Nevertheless a nice place to have a few drinks and would definitely return due to the chilled out atmosphere. Drink Choice: White Russian.
11.) Barocco Bar
16th September: Another modern bar, designed awesomely into a Gothic interior design feel, biggest mirror I’ve ever seen in Cardiff deserves a trip alone! Nice drinks & caught happy hour so not too expensive. Drink Choices: White Russians & Royal Flush.
12.) Peppermint Bar
16th September: The final stop on the Mrs. B’day drinks rounds. Finished up in the Peppermint bar which is a high-end Central Cardiff cocktail bar. Really enjoyed this place, good atmosphere and as it was happy hour drinks were affordable. Drink choice: Raspberry Ripple.
23rd September: Lively atmosphere whilst watching the Rugby. Good for watching sports in and heard its pretty good after 1am too. Bit crowded but cheap enough drinks and good sport. Drink choice: Blue Lagoon & Pilsner.
23rd September: Another bar with awesome decor, instruments hanging from the celling is a good talking point. Looks like a similar style to live lounge with a small stage upfront and 2 floors for dancing/chilling. Drinks not too expensive either. Drink choice: Rum & Coke.
23rd September: 3 bars in one. Huge screened sports bar which would be the place to go for any big sporting event (AKA the rugby world cup.) A German themed stein benched bar which although we didn’t drink in looks like something that should be in the middle of the alps not in the middle of Cardiff & finally a well designed cocktail bar. All look pretty awesome. Friendly staff although some need to learn basic maths.
16.) Y Mocyn Du
23rd September: Generic local pub but a nice, relaxed atmosphere none the less. Although some staff need to learn the act of smiling. Drink choice: Rum & Coke.
17.) The Cayo Arms
23rd September: Another bar with a great location on Cathedral road, perfect for anyone looking for a good spot to pre-drink before town. Pretty much what you would expect from this type of place. Lots of TV’s although showing Emmerdale on a Wednesday night meant we had to leave!
18.) The Beverley
23rd September: I originally remember this pub as being extremely rough, although nowadays it seems pretty chilled. More of a football pub than a rugby place but again drinks weren’t too expensive and had a quality game of connect 4 & Jenga with the Mrs.
19.) The Conway
23rd September: A local pub based in Pontcanna with a very friendly family feel. Made some good friends here whilst watching the last rugby game, although getting flirted with by an extremely drunk Scottish fella wasn’t what I had in mind. Went back here on the 26th again to watch the Wales / England game…. Ahh joy! Drink choices: Rum & Coke + Wine.
20.) The Butchers Arms
26th September: Started this beautiful day of rugby in the butchers arms. A pub at the top of Llandaff high street. Strange opening hours and a very local feel but a few TVs and decent priced beers did the trick. Drink choice: Rum & Coke.
21.) The Halfway
26th September: Large pub situated in Pontcanna, good location and great for watching sports. Staff friendly although a bit slow. Drink choice: Heineken.