Six Nations City Guides: 8 great pubs n' pit-stops in Cardiff!
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Heading to Cardiff for the Six Nations? Pin these pit-stops for a weekend to remember in the Welsh capital!
Wales V. Ireland, Cardiff, March 10, 8pm
Cardiff is compact, and comfortably the smallest of the Six Nations cities - which makes it ideal for exploring on foot and packing down in bars alongside a rugby-mad local population. The stadium is dead centre, too.
Where to drink...
The Brewery Quarter and the Cafe Quarter, at the far end of High Street, are two good starting points. Both link into each other and are teeming with bars, cafes and restaurants. It's an easy win.
Classic classic rugby pubs in Cardiff include The City Arms (10-12 Quay St; sabrain.com) and The Goat Major (sabrain.com/goatmajor) on High Street. Both are within a few hundred metres of the stadium and you'll get a decent pint of Brains (don't worry - that's just the local beer).
When rugby’s on, Cardiff’s famous Old Arcade (sabrain.com/oldarcade) – located near the indoor Victorian market – will be packed to the rafters too.
Gwdihw (6 Guildford Cres.; gwdihw.co.uk) is a quirky little bar, with tea in the daytime and cocktails and indie music at night – food and drink is cheap, and the atmosphere is cheerful. There's a beer garden too.
Another local trick is to head just a bit further out of town, and still get to the match at a 15-minute trot. Cathedral Road is where Cardiff's Welsh-speaking set like to hang out: try Y Mochyn Ddu (mochyndu.com; The Black Pig - but nobody calls it that) or Y Cayo (named after a Welsh patriot) for a decent pint of local beer.
About 20 minutes' walk from the bottom of High Street brings you to the recently redeveloped Mermaid Quay - also full of bars and restaurants, all with great views overlooking the bay and the spaceship-like Wales Millennium Centre building, an arts centre which houses the Welsh National Opera and Ballet.
What to do (besides the rugby)...
Doctor Who was shot on location in Cardiff, and the Doctor Who Experience (doctorwhoexperience.com; from £14/€16.40) at Cardiff Bay offers an interactive adventure alongside its collection of props, sets and costumes.
With a wealth of Indian restaurants in Cardiff, competition is fierce and standards are very high – so you’re in for a treat, if curry is your favourite dish. Some of the best are Mowglis, the Purple Poppadom, Moksh, The Balti Cuisine, Baburchi, Spice Berry and – if you like Thai curries – Thai House.
No international day is really complete without a late-night trip to Chippy Alley. Officially called Caroline Street, this huddle of kebab shops and chippers has a plate of grease with your name on it come chucking-out time in the pubs.