City Arms (Brains) | Cardiff,
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City Arms (Brains)
Good based on 13 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

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

Mayor: Leighton (1) | Taps: 14 | Bottles: 24

City Arms (Brains)

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Beer Available At City Arms (Brains) (arranged by most recent)
Tring Kotuku 49, Shardlow Cavendish Dark , Morton Scottish Maiden , Crouch Vale Citra 85, Brains Craft Obadiah Poundage
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13 reviews for City Arms (Brains)
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  78%
 Selection  78%
 Food N/A 
 Value  72%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  81%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund  (170) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Griff77  (5) , Wales | February 25, 2015
  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  (295) 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  (821) San Diego, 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Clembo1957  (96) 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  (159) 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  (291) 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.

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