August 16, 2022

Top 10 Student Bars in Cardiff

With Freshers’ Week fast approaching, and a new influx of fresh faced students ready to get stuck into what the city has to offer, we thought that we’d put together a list of the best student bars in Cardiff. From the best Sunday roast, to the wildest happy hour offers, we’ve compiled a hot list of the best bars in Cathays and the City Centre that work on a student budget.

1. The Taf

The Taf is situated in the Cardiff Students’ Union, so it’s the perfect spot for a post lecture pint. With some of the cheapest drinks offers in Cardiff and food deals, The Taf caters specifically for students on a budget who are looking for a relaxed, non-pretentious bar to relax in after studying.

The Taf - one of the 10 best student bars in cardiff

2. The Woodville

The Woodville is a student pub with it all. Whether you’re looking for a pub quiz, bottomless brunch, unlimited wings, or even a reasonably priced gin tasting session – The Woodville has so many fun offerings to make your trip to the pub more interesting! 

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3. Pen & Wig

The Pen & Wig arguably has the best Sunday Roast in Cathays. Nurse your hangover with an ice cold pint and their next level ‘Triple Roast’ – sirloin of beef, pork loin and turkey served with a pork, served with crackling, stuffing, buttery mash, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, rich beef gravy, roasted parsnips & carrots, Savoy cabbage, sugar snap peas and Tenderstem broccoli. We’re not drooling, you’re drooling….

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4. Gassy Jacks

Featured in the iconic film, Human Traffic, Gassy Jacks is the larger sister venue to The Woodville. With a large projector screen, Gassy’s is the perfect spot for watching different sports events – from the Premier League and the Rugby World Cup, to MMA and boxing matches, they broadcast all major matches in a lively environment.

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5. Misfits Social Club

Misfits is bringing street food to Cathays, with different street food kitchen takeovers to keep you fueled throughout your night. With delicious food, reasonable prices and a modem interior Misfits is the perfect pre-drinks venue before heading to the Students’ Union on a Saturday night!

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6. Steinbeck & Shaw

Offering one of the latest running happy hours around Cardiff, Steinbeck & Shaw offer 241 cocktails from 5pm-10pm Wednesday-Saturday. Steinbeck & Shaw have a beautiful, edgy interior making it the perfect first stop on a girls’ night out. Their cocktails match the interior too, with some unique, fun mixes, get yourself down there to try their ‘Shades of the Disco’ or ‘#SorryNotSorry’.

7. Live Lounge

No list of student bars would be complete with the Godfather of student bars in Cardiff – Live Lounge. Open 7 days a week from 12pm-4am, with live music till 2am daily and £1.50 pizza slices served until 4am, Live Lounge is the perfect spot to end a night out. A cult night out amongst Cardiff Students and alumni, Live Lounge is a firm favourite for those looking for an un-fussy, cheap and cheerful night – whether it’s a few casual beers after lectures, or a late night boogie.

8. The Cocktail Club

Not known as a student venue, but one that we think should be put on the map. The Cocktail Club opened on St Mary Street this summer, and have a killer happy hour offering, making them student budget friendly. All of their outrageous cocktails are 241 every day from 4pm-8pm. When it comes to entertainment, The Cocktail Club has it down. From drag kings and queens performing in the venue, to wild bartenders, it’s an unforgettable night out.

9. Dirty Martini

Another killer happy hour offer in town – Dirty Martini offer half price on all of their martinis daily from open until 8pm. From their spicy Mango & Chilli Martini, to their rich Chocolate Martini, they’ve got you covered no matter your taste.

10. The Pear Tree

Our final place on this list is a little out of town, located in Roath on Wellfield Road. The Pear Tree is no typical Brains pub with a cosy and grand interior. Also with a Jazz night every last Thursday of the month, The Pear Tree is a great spot for a more relaxed night when you’re avoiding the big city.

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