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 where to go!

The demise of Y Mochyn Du gave rise to Bragdy a Chegin (that's 'Brewhouse & Kitchen' for non-Welsh-seakers) - and it's a bit different from a traditional pub. They 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

The Romilly

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 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. 

Where: 1 Park Grove, Cardiff CF10 3BJ

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The Albany

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

Buffalo is the place to be seen for Cardiff’s in-crowd and dishes up good tunes, cool cocktails a pretty perfect beer garden, too. There’s some fine food on offer if you're feeling peckish, including veggie and vegan options. 

Where: 11 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BY

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Go to Gwdihŵ (it’s pronounced as goody hoo), grab a beer and soak up the sun in the small but quirky beer garden. Weekends are always fun here, and it’s one of our favourite places for live music and comedy.

Where: 6 Guildford Crescent, Cardiff CF10 2HJ

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Wander down to Bay to one of Cardiff’s best kept secrets – until now, that is. World of Boats boasts some amazing views across the water and it’s a seriously good suntrap. Enjoy some local beers and ciders and hearty bar food while you’re at it. 

Where: Porth Teigr Way, Cardiff Bay CF10 4GA

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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.

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.  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. 

Find out more about The Flora, here.

Published -24th May 2018