Yes, as everyone knows, summer in the UK sucks. Even when there is meant to be a heatwave torrential downpours and cold winds still somehow seem to feature. Which is why when there is even a hint of good weather everybody seems to get overly excited, shorts and singlets emerge and we head to the most important place, the humble beer garden. And all of this is especially relevant in Wales, renown for its constant raining and awful weather.
The top five you just have to pay a visit these holidays;
1) The George. Located in the heart of Cathays, this pub attracts locals and students alike. And the beer garden acts as a sun trap with the long benches making it popular with groups of friends and societies. The football, pool and live music also helps to bump up the numbers, especially on the male side. All in all its proximity and various alcohol deals make this beer garden a real winner when summer hits.
2) Buffalo. Tucked away on the edge of town, this is a favourite for the alternative scene in Cardiff and offers numerous alcohol filled nights which fit in so well into a students weekly schedule. However, it is also the perfect place to while away a lazy afternoon in a relaxed, secluded environment, an abundance of flavoured ciders and posh gins add a touch of class to this establishment. And you’ll be guaranteed the best espresso martini in town… hopefully during happy hour so you can have two for the price of one!
3) Slug and lettuce. A fairly new addition to the Cardiff bar scene and in keeping with Slugs tradition throughout the UK, the beer garden is huge. Attracting business types as well as those heading on a night out there is always an interesting mix of people frequenting this place.
4) Mount Stuart. If you’re heading to Cardiff bay, this bar is a must visit. Not only is it the only decent priced establishment in the bay but you have a prime choice of views. From sitting on the rooftop overlooking the water or chilling outside sitting on the steps, Cardiff bay truly becomes your oyster. Visiting during sunset is always a breathtakingly beautiful experience.
5) Peppermint. This bar will always have a soft spot in my heart, but it fully deserves its place on this list as it clinches the last few seconds of sun out of all the bars on Mill Lane. Add in the 50% industry card on a Sunday (which are seemingly accessible to anyone who has a mate that works on a bar) and its a perfect afternoon of cheap, well made cocktails.