This old-style club is open to all Welsh speakers and learners and even holds Welsh study sessions during the day. The building is spans across three floors, a feature that is put to good effect by hosting a different 'scene' on each floor to cater to a variety of musical tastes. There are various new band and regular bands performing each night. An indication of its success is that several famous bands, including Catatonia and the Manic Street Preachers, have been spotted here.
A member of the JD Wetherspoon chain, The Prince of Wales is Cardiff's biggest pub. Set close to the city's bus station, the building is a converted theater, which has been carefully and tastefully restored, keeping many of the original features; the atmosphere can be surprisingly peaceful, despite the crowd. There's no music, no big-screen TV, and door staff are on duty on match days (no football shirts allowed). With a reputation for cheap beer, you will also find the Wetherspoon menu of bar food, which includes a good variety of light meals and is reasonably priced.
The TigerTiger in Cardiff, located in the center of the city, is one stylish and chic joint. With two floors of pure entertainment, it brings the true spirit of New York to Cardiff. From disco to live music, it offers everything and is jam-packed throughout the night. It is best if one gets a VIP entry here to escape the huge waiting lines at the bar. The informal and trendy ambiance ensures that you keep coming back for more.
The Coronation Tap is Clifton's only cider pub with many varieties of the fermented apple on offer, including many local brews. The drink of choice is the exhibition cider, which is so potent that it can only be served in half pints (but there's no limit to how many you can buy!) The decor is rustic, complete with large wooden barrels holding the aforementioned brews and also acting as stools etc. Sport gets its fair TV screening and it seems popular with rugby followers for some reason. On a Friday night in term-time, it gets packed with trust-funded Bristol University students and can get loud and rather boisterous.
Its very dark, slightly musty interior, gives it a distinctly Victorian feel. Outside in the leafy garden bar, however, the rows of benches and the very welcome gas burning heaters create a slightly Mediterranean and more contemporary atmosphere. The overall effect is one of a classic ale house, and it is very popular with older locals, students and real ale aficionados alike. The pub menu includes stews, chili, salads and curries.
The magnificent Venetian facade of the Browns building matches its high-quality food and drink and the somewhat lavish ambiance inside. The outside tables serve as a hip student/professional hang-out, making it very much a place to be seen. Everything is rather grand and impressive: the food ranges from Mediterranean-inspired dishes to old favorites such as steak and Guinness pie. As for drinks, you could stick to wine or beers, but when you can get cocktails mixed and shaken before your very eyes, why would you have anything else? It really comes alive in the summer, with barbecues held on the terrace and there's live jazz on Friday and Sunday evenings throughout the year.
Mad Dog Brewing Co Ltd started out as a small brewery in the kitchen of Alexis Jones and today, with their specialty brews, are in high demand all over the city. Their 5 core beers combine flavors that are unique with full notes and are brewed using the finest ingredients. The Bohemian Hipster is a deep pale ale and one of the favorites. All of their brews are available either by the bottle, keg or cask at very reasonable rates.
Nestled somewhere in Bristol is a humble distillery that functions independently named Psychopomp Microdistillery. The atmosphere of the interior is characterized by white tiles giving it a very warm and welcoming vibe. It specializes in the production of gin, aquavit, absinthe and other mixed drinks. Psychopomp Microdistillery also provides tasting tours and programs in which you get to personally distill a gin.
Pipes is a craft brewery that serves brews such as Halles Lager, Altbeer and Spiced Punk'N Ale. Its beers, ales and lagers are infused with a variety of aromas like that of pineapple, passion fruit, floral hop, coffee and even the smell of a medicine cabinet. It also offers classes in home brewing for beer enthusiasts. A shop on-site offers tasting sessions where visitors can purchase bottles of their favorite concoction. Popular options include Vienna Red Lager, Chocolate Wheat and American IPA. Check their website for details on regular events such as Bar Open where you can meet other beer connoisseurs.
Pebbles Tavern is located in the heart of Watchet along the Marina. This pub is known for its delicious and unique ciders and also serves a range of excellent locally brewed beer on tap, fine wines, whiskeys, local and imported spirits, and soft drinks. They do not serve food but encourage to bring your own and enjoy it with the drinks and some great live music performances by talented local artists. The atmosphere is lively and the staff is always friendly and welcoming making Pebbles a great place to spend an enjoyable evening.
The Black Bear is a traditional inn and restaurant set in beautiful countryside close to the town of Usk. The restaurant attracts people from near and far, and it's well worth making the trip to sample the restaurant cuisine. Food is imaginatively prepared and served, blending together many different influences from around the world. The menu changes regularly and features the best of local seafood and meat with the cooking bringing out the best of the many ingredients. The inn also has rooms available for overnight accommodation. The pub is open from 6p from Wednesday to Saturday and between Friday to Sunday from 12p to 3p.
Located inside The Bear, Be-Bop Club is a much loved jazz club within the city of Bristol. With simple decor and contemporary furnishing, this club hosts some of the best Jazz musicians. Specializing in this form of music famous musicians who have graced the stage here are the Colossus Quartet, Azhar Saffar, Ben Cummings and Andy Hague and his quartet. Live acts are held here only on Fridays while Wednesday brings in Jazz Sessions with soul full music. The Be-Bop Club can seat up to 45 people, and attract out of town performers regularly.