The sun has finally pulled up his socks and got his hat on, which means that we all want to permanently be in a beer garden, wearing a pair of sunnies and clutching a cold pint of beer. 

We've compiled this handy list of Cardiff's top sunny spots to enjoy a pint, so come 5pm, you know exactly where to go!

Bragdy a Chegin // Brewhouse & Kitchen

The demise of Y Mochyn Du gave rise to Bragdy a Chegin (that's 'Brewhouse & Kitchen' for non-Welsh-seakers), and this place is just a little bit different from a traditional pub. These guys brew their own, unique craft beers on-site, as well as matching every dish on the menu to a style of beer, and they have plenty of outdoor space (including bookable 'beach huts'.

Where: Sophia Close, Cardiff, CF11 9HW

Another pub owned by Wales' largest brewery, Brains. Popular with locals, the garden has plenty of picnic tables and stays sun-lit until relatively late. Kick off your flip flops and enjoy the feeling of grass between your toes!

Where: 69-71 Romilly Crescent, Cardiff, CF11 9NQ

Recently refurbished with a large sunny garden and a great open patio area, The Four Elms is a great place to spend afternoon in the sun. Plenty of picnic tables, sun umbrellas and a giant mural of King Kong climbing a tree - what's not to love?

Where: 1 Elm Street Cardiff CF24 3QR

If you live in Cardiff you’ve probably enjoyed a sunny afternoon in this beer garden at some point. It’s popular with students, locals and office workers alike, and ideal if you’re after a cheap and cheerful session in the sun. Let's be honest: that's what we're all after. 

Where: 1 Park Grove, Cardiff CF10 3BJ

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Perched on a street-corner in suburban Roath, this is one of our favourite hidden gems. A lovely local pub, complete with grassy garden, plenty of picnic tables, and good beers on tap. 

Where: 105 Donald Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 4TL

The Pontcanna Inn

This cracking lil venue is located smack in the heart of Cardiff, over on. the buzzing Cathedral Road. As well as a gorgeous guest house upstairs (great for if you've got parents in town), the Pontcanna in has also got a dreamy little back garden. There's often sport being screened for all you rugby fans, and in the summer you can usually find a nice BBQ going. 

Where: 36 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LL

Find out more about the Pontcanna Inn here.

This family friendly pub is a stone’s throw from the city centre and the beer garden, based right behind the Glamorgan Cricket grounds, is a real sun trap. The food’s pretty great too: expect classic pub grub Monday to Saturday, and of course, hearty Sunday roasts.

 Where: 66 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LL

Cardiff’s new kid on the block – kind of. The Grange (in Grangetown, funnily enough) has recently won CAMRA's Cardiff pub of the year, and serves up brilliant beer and hearty pub classics. The best thing is the sunny beer garden – pop in for a pint and you won’t want to leave!

Where: 134 Penarth Road, Grangetown, Cardiff CF11 6NJ

Find out more about The Grange here.

Eli Jenkins

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Fresh from a recent renovation, the Eli Jenkins has got a slick new look, and still boasts one of the biggest and best beer gardens in the game. The building itself is a lovingly restored listed building, whilst the garden itself is tucked away at the back of the pub.

Where: 7/8 Bute Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 5AN

Find out more about Eli Jenkins here.

We love this lovely pub which is just on the outskirts of Cardiff and is surrounded by open fields full of wildlife - don’t be surprised if you see a pheasant or two. Sit back in the beer garden and enjoy some of the best views across the city. There’s even a little allotment where they grow vegetables for meals on the menu. 

Where: Graig Road, Lisvane, Cardiff CF14 0UF

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Hungry students of Cathays know that The Flora is *the* place to bask in some rays in this part of town.

The food on offer to fuel your sunbathing includes a solid collection of feel good comfort food: locally-sourced, hand-made, and best enjoyed with mates and a few pints or cocktails, depending on your inclinations.  There's also a pool table in the beer garden, outdoor loungers made from family-wagon seats and big-old-tunes curated by the brilliantly enthusiastic - and frankly very talented - bar staff. 

Where: 136 Cathays Terrace.

Find out more about The Flora here.

Based within a lovingly converted 19th century French gothic chapel, Chapel 1877 boasts interior architecture so awe-inspiring, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven; from colossal chandeliers and breath-taking brickwork, to stunning stained glass windows. When the sun is shining, though, you need to get in there quickly and nab a seat in their small but perfectly formed outdoor area – it's heavenly.

Where: Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2WF.

Find out more about Chapel 1877 here.

Published -20th April 2019