Terra Nova

Terra Nova CardiffIn the heart of Mermaid Quay, right on the waterfront stands Terra Nova, one of Brains Brewery’s more contemporary pubs.

Although pouring the same ales and craft beers as its siblings, Terra Nova offers a modern twist of traditional pub grub. Alongside favourites such as fish and chips, pies and steaks, you’ll find a selection of family pleasers such as American style pancakes, sourdough bacon baps and pulled pork nachos, all very reasonably priced.

Less busy than Mermaid Quay’s other eateries, but just as good, it’s a great pit stop while on a shopping spree in the Bay.

Best Bars tip: Buy a Bragging Rights beer for a true taste of Cardiff as it’s brewed to resemble the ancient Welsh beer “bragawd”.

— Jordan Harris

Terra Nova Cardiff terrace

Feather & Bone

Feather and Bone Cardiff fried chicken

*This bar is now closed.*

Where popular cocktail and mezze joint Pica Pica once stood, now sits Feather & Bone — a haven for American craft beer and comfort food.

Accompanying a selection of beers from across the pond, Feather & Bone boasts one of the most stomach satisfying menus in the capital. Ranging from ribs cooked low ‘n’ slow to buttermilk fried chicken, and from burgers stacked high to pulled pork buns — not to mention the fixin’s on the side — it’s not hard to see how the grand ole US of A is the most obese country in the world. But damn is it tasty. We recommend kicking back with a bottle of Blue Moon, a rack of ribs and a side of chilli cheese fries.

This is the perfect place to bring the kids for some burgers but it can also be the starting point for a heavy night (and we do mean heavy … after you’ve had your fill).

Best Bars tip: Head to Feather & Bone and make it the first stop on a craft beer crawl down Westgate Street, stopping at the various other bars along the way.

— Jordan Harris

Feather and Bone Cardiff tables

Zerodegrees

Zerodegrees CardiffFound in the shadow of the city’s Millennium Stadium, Zerodegrees is a microbrewery, pizzeria, steakhouse and bar all rolled into one tasty little outpost.

Despite the usual line-up of cocktails, the beer is the star of the show – having been brewed on site right before your eyes. If your belly’s grumbling, go for a big ol’ juicy steak with a side of black lager or choose from the roster of pizzas paired with a light and refreshing Pilsner. We’re excited for the introduction of the “beer’tails” menu (currently in the works) that includes the Zerohito – a variation on the minty classic, made using wheat beer.

Whether it’s a post-match pint, a pre-town pitcher or a full-on family meal you’re after, Zerodegrees caters for all.

Best Bars tip: Get yourself down there early on a weekday and make a night of it as the earlier you go, the cheaper the food is.

— Jordan Harris

Zerodegrees Cardiff

The Gravity Station

gravity station cardiffTucked into the back pocket of St. David’s shopping centre, the spaceship-like Gravity Station boasts a wide selection of (mainly Welsh) craft beers.

The scaffolding shelves are a forever moving conveyor belt of bottled beers, and once they’re gone, they’re gone – making each tippled trip a unique experience. Over at the bar, the beers are quite literally on tap as they are poured from garden taps. If you’re in a bit of a dilemma as to which of the eight beers available is for you, get yourself a paddle of three 1/3 pints.

This is the perfect place to pit stop for a drink and split up a day of shopping, but also worth popping to on selected Fridays to chill out and listen to live acoustic tunes while you sip.

Best Bars tip: In a hurry or just can’t get enough of the beer? Those on tap are also available to take home in handy takeaway bags.

— Jordan Harris

Gravity Station Cardiff Beer

 

The City Arms

The City Arms, pub Cardiff close Millenium StadiumTraditional Victorian boozer The City Arms, located just a drop kick away from the Millennium Stadium, is a haven for real ale lovers.

Within its walls plastered with old beer ads, pump clips and beer mats, the City Arms is home to an array of resident cask beers from the capital’s very own Brains as well as breweries from all over the world. The residents are supplemented with an ever-changing list of guest beers and ciders.

The iconic pub is a firm favourite amongst rugby fans who spill out from the stadium next door – and therefore is a must for anyone looking to celebrate a win or drown the sorrows of a loss.

Best Bars tip: Pick up a Beer Club card allowing you to rack up points for every pound you spend at the bar so that you can redeem them for free pints later.

— Jordan Harris

The City Arms, pub Cardiff close Millenium Stadium