City Arms (Brains)

10-12 Quay Street
Cardiff, Wales CF10 1EA
bar (Brains)  4.2/5.0 23 reviews
12-Midnight Mon-Thu; 12-2am Fri & Sat; 12-10 Sun

Mayor: imdownthepub (2) | Taps: 14 | Bottles: 24
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Rune  (819) Tromsø, Norway | June 6, 2017
A central located Brains pub very close to the Principality Stadium and beer destinations as Tiny Rebel and The Gatekeeper. Most of the handpumps and taps were taken over by Good Chemistry Brewing from Bristol at our stay. A traditional pub with a four-sided bar serving different seating sides. Dark wooden interiors well decorated with pump clips. A few seating outside. Helpful service about other Brains destinations in Cardiff. Classic delta blues music at out stay, much appreciated. (Visited with Finn 02.05.2017).
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Finn  (260) Tromsø, Norway | May 8, 2017
Cozy corner pub with an ok selection.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub  (1119) Banbury, England | April 14, 2017
Well worn, traditional old pub close to the Millenium Stadium and opposite the heavily branded Tiny Rebel pub. Bright and friendly, there are 2 rooms serviced by 1 bar, the beers differ along the full length of the bar, so you have to move through the pub to see the full range. Ostensibly a Brains pub, and there is a presence of their own beers but it is mostly guests. Excellent place to visit.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BarrelMonger31  (3) , | February 5, 2017
The original Cardiff ’craft beer bar’. Range has really taken off over last couple years (new manager is great) and now along with a lot of SA Brain they also sell some of the best UK beers. New bank of keg taps has obviously helped! No food (I think!).
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
WingmanWillis  (1586) , England | July 3, 2016
Visited on 28th October 2014. Large old pub which is just across the street from the Tiny Rebel spot. It had a good range of beers from Brains and had a lot of beers from Oakham on when I visited which is always a treat. Tried a few beers and were in good condition, prices good and service friendly. Wasn’t busy as it was late on. Nice pub. Would go back.
72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple  (236) London, England | May 22, 2016
Seems to have undergone some renovation recently, fairly modern flair to it, good selection of guest beers.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
downender  (455) 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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs  (567) 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 didn’t 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, I’m 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  (603) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud  (430) , 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.

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