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Barocco, Cardiff

Posted on 15. Feb, 2011 by in Pubs

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Barocco, Cardiff

Barocco is an Italian inspired pub located in the heart of the Cardiff. Owned by the Brains Brewery, you can expect to find a selection of their beers along with a variety of continental lagers.

The Interior

Previously called Is It?, the pub was purchased by the Brains Brewery in 2007, renovated and renamed Barocco. Unlike the majority of pubs owned by Brains, Barocco doesn’t fit into the more traditional pub mould. The spacious Baroque inspired interior features plenty of sculptures, candelabras and a giant mirror that stretches almost the entire height of the high-ceilinged room.

The main room features the features a variety of seating such as high backed pews, stools at the bar and more traditional tables and chairs. There is more seating on the ground floor at the rear area of the pub in a much lower ceilinged room. This area isn’t as open as the rest of the pub so could be seen as a bit more intimate or a better place for a meal.

Up the large staircase and past the DJ booth you’ll find more comfortable sofas along with its own bar. This area can be hired out for private functions.

Sporting events such as international rugby matches are screened on a number of TVs around the pub.

The Beer

As Barocco is not a traditional pub, emphasis is more on lager and wine although some Brains beers available on cask and keg. When I visited in February, 2011, Rev James, Brains Bitter and Brains Black were available along with lagers such as Heineken, Peroni and Kozel which I believe was a guest lager. A selection of bottled Brains beers are also available along with Budvar, Sagres and Peroni.


The pub has mixed reviews on the web especially when it comes to the meals that are served. It’s not a pub that I frequently visit partly due to the selection of partly due to the prices.

Since opening it has perhaps lost its focus. I recall in the early days of the pub being open the glasses for the lagers were stored in a fridge so that lager fans would get an extra cold pint. I’m not sure if this was merely a gimmick that people got fed up with or if it was due to the logistics of always ensuring that enough glasses were stored in the fridge but this service is no longer offered.

The pub does appear to be popular and on a dry day seats are provided outside the pub.

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Venue Location


Wharton Street


CF10 1AG

Tel: 029 2041 3600

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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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