City Arms (Brains) | Cardiff,
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City Arms (Brains)
Good based on 12 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

10-12 Quay Street
Cardiff, Wales CF10 1EA [ print map ]

Mayor: Leighton (5) | Taps: 14 | Bottles: 24

City Arms (Brains)

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Beer Available At City Arms (Brains) (arranged by most recent)
Brains Craft Obadiah Poundage , Brains Craft Brewery Atlantic White 47, Bristol Beer Factory Independence 93, Exe Valley Darkest Devon 32, Brains Jack Black (Bottle) 48, Tiny Rebel The Full Nelson 92, Brains Craft Brewery Barry Island IPA 44, Brains The Rev James (Bottle) 44, Brains SA Gold (Bottle) 39, Brains SA (Bottle, Can & Keg) 38, Brains Craft Brewery Boilermaker 48, Brains Craft Brewery A-Pork-Alypse 51, Brains Craft Brewery Farmer Walloon , Brains Craft Brewery Black Mountain 77, Brains Craft Brewery Shining Tsar
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12 reviews for City Arms (Brains)
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  78%
 Selection  77%
 Food N/A 
 Value  72%
 Overall  70%
 Rating  80%
Rating Distribution

  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint  (193) Ely, 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2  (706) Hanover, Maryland | 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Clembo1957  (80) Smethwick, England | December 14, 2013
Handy for the Millenium Stadium and over the road from the Urban Tap. Excellent range of beers on handpumps (a lot of Brains) a must visit in Cardiff
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
miquelcrush  (121) Granollers, Spain | August 16, 2013
There are a good selection of craft beers on draft and bottled. The service is perfect.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
ghendrix  (5) Cardiff, Wales | June 8, 2013
As long as the rugby isnít on, this is worth a visit. Donít let the sign of the beast (Brains) outside put you off, they have a great bottle selection and perhaps a dozen taps. Lots of local beers and some from further afield. Itís the only place in Cardiff Iíve seen NÝgne ō beers on tap. Not the nicest looking pub, but nice for a few pints.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier  (281) Clevelandish, Ohio | May 30, 2013
This is more in the line of the traditional English pub than Fire Island across the street. I only had time for a single pint but there were a number of appealing sessionable beers to choose from. At least one of the 14 taps should catch your eye.

The walls are plastered with old brewery memorabilia. This seems to be a theme at a number of places I have visited so far. It works well and the place fely cozy even though only about half the tables were in use. I didnít have a chance to go to any other Brains outlets but if this one doesnít work for you there are about six other pubs within a five minutes walk between here and the castle.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 8/20
kryten2010  (2) , | June 26, 2012
Best bottle selection in the City centre and decent cask selection but not always consistent on quality. Interesting imports on keg. Staff donít always know what they are doing or know much about the beer but are always friendly and polite. The place may have been refurbished but the toilets are a disgrace.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel  (137) ÷rebro, Sweden | May 13, 2012
Second best place in Cardiff after Rummer Tavern. I visited this on a calm tuesday evening. Nice selection of real ales, they even had two on self pour but they have room for 4 taps. The selection is wide compared to other pubs in Cardiff, but not compared to the high end beer pubs in Europe. Nice friendly staff that was quick to serve. Nice to see that they had a sample offer where you could buy 3 samples for the price of a pint. Very cheap beer, just as in the rest of Cardiff, about 1,5 pounds per half pint.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
Tim Webb  (203) Cambridge, England | May 2, 2012
Itís a pub, so you donít expect flash beer, though they stock a few. It is a national institution on days when Wales RFC plays, so you canít expect it to be beautiful. But it delivers what it does with aplomb and good staff.

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