City Arms (Brains)

Mayor: jfb (2) | Taps: 14 | Bottles: 24
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72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple  (205) London, England | May 22, 2016
Seems to have undergone some renovation recently, fairly modern flair to it, good selection of guest beers.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
downender  (382) Bristol, England | January 14, 2016
Busy city centre pubs which, unusually for a Brains pub, offers a decent range of guest beers from Wales and wider afield. Service was efficient and the atmosphere friendly.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs  (475) Toronto, Ontario | October 1, 2015
2015-09-17 and 2015-09-19. So I am clearly an idiot. I popped in here during a bit of a Cardiff pub crawl for a quick one. I came in the door off to the left and didnít really see much of anything in the way of taps so I had one and left, thinking this place is okay but not much in the way of beer. Nice spacious seating area with some tables, quiet on a Thursday night. I came back on Saturday after the IRE v CAN rugby match to discover a good dozen taps and casks on the other side of the bar. (So yeah, Iím an idiot.) Some solid beer offerings as well. It was absolutely packed, with hundreds of people spilling out onto the street. Long waits for beer despite the best efforts of the staff. I need to sharpen my elbows and learn to queue more aggressively, clearly. They were showing the South Africa v Japan game on the TV and Japan managed a miraculous win with hundreds of Irish and Canadian fans cheering them on in the beer. It was amazing. One of my best experiences in terms of combinations of good beer and sport ever I expect.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb  (558) Woodland, California | September 29, 2015
Nice old spit and sawdust pub without the spit and sawdust. Bar refurbished; glass still original. Service good. Lots of cask ales. Seems something of a local.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud  (262) , Croatia | September 5, 2015
Nice traditional pub located in city center. Service was very good. Nice selection of real ales and a quite a good selection of bottles. A must visit in Cardiff.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund  (189) Tau, Norway | April 18, 2015
By far the best pub i visited in Cardiff. Cosy and traditional interior. Two cask stillage ales in addition to the handpumps with ales and ciders. All beers in perfect nick and correct temperature. Donít think they serve food.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Griff77  (5) , Wales | February 25, 2015
86
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
herfordman  (4) Hereford, England | June 3, 2014
A Brains pub but with plenty of guests. I visit fairly regularly and I am generally more than happy with the selection beer. They also do some Brains Craft stuff which was surprisingly good, otherwise I avoid the Brains and hit the guest beers. They also have four on gravity dispense which is great as I do like that method of service. I enjoyed a delightful pint of Independence from Bristol Beer Factory. Great little pub.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
jjsint  (429) Cambridge, England | May 4, 2014| Updated May 12, 2014
Trip down Memory Lane. Used to drink here quite a lot in the late 90s: it was good then and itís even better now. About 12 real ales (including two on gravity), several interesting ciders and a decent bottle collection. Beers from Wales and the West Country seem to feature. Meet the Brewer events (one with Celt was upcoming) are held as well. I do feel that the cask ales could be better kept (think Bree Louise) but still worth a visit.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2  (929) Escondido, California | April 30, 2014
This is a pleasant pub located across the street from Urban Tap House, and equally worth a visit, though I cannot speak to their food as I filled up across the street. The bottle selection is not nearly as impressive as UTH, but there are some fine ales nonetheless and a relaxing atmosphere.

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