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The City Arms, Cardiff

Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 by in Pubs

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The City Arms, Cardiff

The City Arms is a Brains Brewery-owned pub located in the heart of Cardiff. After closing earlier in 2010, the interior has been given a lick of paint and the pub now aims to be a premier venue for beer lovers. After reopening on November 5th, 2010 it now offers more than 35 different beers and ciders.

Brief History

According to Cardiff Pubs, the pub can trace its history back to 1880’s when it was known as the Cattle Market. It changed names to the Drovers Arms and then the City Arms in 1905 to celebrate Cardiff being granted city status.

The Illustrated History of Cardiff Pubs doesn’t provide much information about the pub apart from a photograph of the frontage in 1935. Back then the pub was smaller with part of the pub nearest to Womanby Street appeared to belong to a Labour Club. The bottom floor of the pub contained less windows than it does today and the one of the doors is in a slightly different location.

The Beer

Surprisingly for a Brains operated pub, the beer selection is very varied and extends beyond what you’d tend to find in one of their pubs. On the opening night there were 11 different cask ales available but on a regular night you can expect up to eight casks, two of which will be served direct from casks.

The City Arms, Cardiff

The focus will be mainly on Welsh beers and brewery’s available on the opening night were Brains, Otley, Rhymney, Breconshire, Vale of Glamorgan along with Wye Valley, Wickwar and St Austell.

As well as an excellent selection of ales you can expect some unusal beers on tap including foreign lagers, wheat beers, a fruit beer from Liefmans and Duvel Green. These beers as well as the large selection of bottled beers are a bit more expensive than your usualy beers but then again, these aren’t your usual beers. A nice touch is that the majority of beers, including the bottled beers are paired with the correct branded glasses.


The City Arms has all the right ingredients to be the premier place in Cardiff for beer. Being able to consistenly offer a large selection of beer is a challenge but hopefully enough people will use the pub. Not offering a food menu should allow them to focus more time and money on maitaining the selection of beers.

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Venue Location

City Arms

10-12 Quay Street


CF10 1EA

Tel: 029 2039 1910

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Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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