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Copa, Cardiff

Posted on 22. Feb, 2011 by in Pubs

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Copa, Cardiff

Copa is located in central Cardiff just off St Mary’s Street.

Brief History

Original the City Glass Works, the Grade II listed building became a pub known by the same name (photo) selling a selection of ales. It was then briefly the oddly named Newt and Cucumber (photo) before being purchased by the Suffolk brewery Greene King and renamed Copa.


The split level interior is modern and well lit from the large windows. The comfortable sofas at the front of the pub are great for unwinding and watching people walking down Wharton Street. At the rear of the pub is a bank of screens that are used to display sporting events such as rugby internationals.

The long bar stretches down the right side of the pub and features an impressive number of taps but unfortunately for a pub owned by Greene King, there is only one cask ale.

Whilst the pub hasn’t got a beer garden, on warmer days you’ll usually find a couple of tables on the pavement outside the entrance.

Beer and Food

Beers in Copa have a distinctly European flavour with Estrella Damm, Leffe Blonde, Erdinger on tap along with Blue Moon, Aspalls cider and a cask ale such as Old Speckled Hen. They are also perhaps the only pub in Cardiff where you can buy Belle-Vue Kriek on tap for a fairly reasonable £2.05 per half.

The beer range has changed with recently with Peroni and Warsteiner and if I recall correctly, Leffe Brune, all being removed.

The pub is open from 9am for breakfast and serve a variety of food such as deli boards, spring rolls, halloumi, rigatoni plus sandwiches and burgers.

More Photos of Copa

Venue Location


4 Wharton Street


CF10 1AG

Tel: 029 2022 2114

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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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