Previously the Glamorgan County Council Staff Club, the Grade II listed building had been vacant since 2007. Beatbox Bars Ltd, who also run Buffalo and 10 Feet Tall in the city, was granted permission to turn the building into a café/bar in 2009 but ran into some objections when they tried to apply for an extended license in May 2012.
Beatbox was granted a license to open until 1:30am and at the end of November the doors were opened to the public.
About the Pub
The exterior of the building, which cannot be altered due to its listed status, has been cleaned but there are no signs indicating the presence of Fire Island.
The interior has been stripped right back with bare brick walls throughout. The main area, with its large L-shaped tiled bar, has a mixture of wooden floorboards and basic concrete flooring. Dim, retro light bulbs and theatrical lighting feature above the bar. This area has an unfinished feel to it with some walls and floors appearing to look as though they still need decorating.
If you want to sample the food on offer (ribs, burgers, brisket, homemade coleslaw and potato salad), there are two rooms available upstairs. These rooms offer more comfortable seating along with a small bar featuring up to six ales.
An impressive 18 hand pumps are located on the downstairs bar and another 6 in the restaurant upstairs. Not all hand pumps have been in use at the same time on the two occasions that I have visited but you should expect to find around 8 ales downstairs and around 3 or 4 upstairs.
In addition to Tiny Rebel, other breweries featured include ELB, Devilfish, Arbor Ales, Liverpool Organic and Moor. The breweries featured will be changing regularly and hopefully will include some that are not usually seen in south Wales.
There is a also a good bottle selection featuring Flying Dog, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Fordham and more.
Should You Visit?
Despite being located close to both the City Arms and the Gatekeeper (JD Wetherspoon), Fire Island has a completely different offering to both and you are likely to find a different selection of beers in all three. The staff are very friendly and more than happy to offer samples of beer and the chef is passionate about the food they make.
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