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Best rugby pubs in Cardiff?

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Post by peachbomb Sun 01 Jan 2012, 10:22 am

Happy New Year everyone! Hi, was wondering if anyone could recommend some pubs in Cardiff with great banter and atmosphere for a group of girls travelling down from Edinburgh for Scotland v Wales next month as we've never been before?? Thanks kiss

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Post by EnglishReign Sun 01 Jan 2012, 10:30 am

The Wetherspoons pubs are generally the best shout, I reckon. Prince of Wales by the train station is always good, but The Gatekeeper right next to the stadium is always buzzing too. I'd advise getting in fairly early because, as I'm sure you understand, it gets bloody busy!

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Post by bedfordwelsh Sun 01 Jan 2012, 11:13 am

The Owain is always good little bit of main drag and generally just rugby fans in there.
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Post by munkian Sun 01 Jan 2012, 12:20 pm

I always like the goat major , small but big selection of Brains and cheap too
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Post by maestegmafia Sun 01 Jan 2012, 1:11 pm

I agree the goat major is a great pub... Often go there pre match, quite often post match too. Sometimes when there's no match at all.

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Post by Dai Tryin Sun 01 Jan 2012, 1:46 pm

No no no.....Try the Old Arcade, a rugby pub with lots of history there will be queues but with the wait, if your finding places a bit small and cramped there's always the Revolution Vodka Bar opposite the castle which I've never had a problem getting into on international days and have always had a great time in, the wetherspoons pubs are a bit rough for internationals due to the cheap beer and not recommended for first timers looking for a memorable weekend. Enjoy!

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Post by Cymroglan Sun 01 Jan 2012, 2:22 pm

Go on a pub crawl try them all. I have no doubt you will have a fantastic time.

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Post by Guest Sun 01 Jan 2012, 2:35 pm

Goat Major is a great old pub. Some pretty dodgy characters though! Old Arcade is another 'old man's pub' and worth a shout.

Also the Owain, Dempseys (watched some great Wales v England games in there in the early 2000s) City Arms (usually a bit rammed though). I quite often used to stay in Roath and go to The Albany.

It's been a couple of years since I lived there though.

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Post by PenfroPete Sun 01 Jan 2012, 2:55 pm

PEACH - have a look at these KAIRDIP PUBS

Will check out the opening times for match day (with the game being on a Sunday)

Best 'rugby' pubs would be the CITY ARMS and the OLD ARCADE.

Not technically a pub, but this 'bar' may be good for a group of young lassies -
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Post by Cymroglan Sun 01 Jan 2012, 3:18 pm

peachbomb When you get to Cardiff you will find that you wont be wasting time looking for these pubs you will just be doing your own thing due to the brilliant atmosphere generated during a rugby weekend.
The stadium is just a short walk from the city center on the way there and on the way back you will literally be tripping over pubs.
Recommending pubs is always difficult due to the fact we all have our own tastes and what was good last year could be totally different this year due to the fact that the pub/club has simply changed brewery or management.
This is going to be your first visit to Cardiff and my suggestion would be that you find out for yourself what pubs appeal to you one thing for sure though I can guarantee you that it wont be your last visit.
Cardiff Millennium Stadium is one of the best sporting venues in the UK due to it's close proximity to the city center and all the amenities a vibrant city like Cardiff has to offer.

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Post by EnglishReign Sun 01 Jan 2012, 3:30 pm

Yeah, Cardiff is an incredibly compact city centre and you will pass about 50 pubs within 5 minutes of leaving the train station and heading down St Mary's street.

The truth is, pretty much every pub/bar becomes a rugby pub on match day, although some people have mentioned a couple of hardcore rugby orientated places. I suggested the two Spoons pubs because of their size, location, familiarity and atmosphere (that I've experienced). Places like Vodka Revs will be more expensive but perhaps attract a crowd you would prefer, although you will get a good range of people wherever you go!

As Cymro suggests, just have a walk around, get a feel for it and see where you end up! There really isn't a right or wrong answer. Happy hunting!

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Post by peachbomb Sun 01 Jan 2012, 5:45 pm

Thanks guys! Really looking forward to it Bubbly

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Post by bedfordwelsh Tue 03 Jan 2012, 10:05 am

If you want to go to a 'proper' rugby pub so to speak then I would suggest venturing off St Marys Street a bit.
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Post by Guest Tue 03 Jan 2012, 10:08 am

Queens Vaults is a pretty good rugby pub, really all the ones of Westgate Street are, you can't really go wrong anywhere!

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Post by Guest Tue 03 Jan 2012, 11:09 am

rugbydreamer wrote:Queens Vaults is a pretty good rugby pub, really all the ones of Westgate Street are, you can't really go wrong anywhere!
I'd forgotten about that one! Has it still got the pool table(s)? Used to go down there quite a bit when I live in the 'diff.

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Post by Guest Tue 03 Jan 2012, 11:15 am

Yeah they do, but they move them for the big rugby days so there's room to stand in front of the big screen. You can also buy 2 pints in one there (the plastic glasses are huge!).

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Post by mckay1402 Tue 03 Jan 2012, 12:26 pm

Goat Major is great but tiny and Prince of Wales is massive but usually a lively atmosphere
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