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!

A familiar haunt for Cardiff creatives and the Canton community. Chapter Arts Centre offers cinema, theatre and art under one roof – and its café bar is pretty delightful. This place is also host to a brilliant outdoor garden for all your sunshine cocktail needs. 

Where: Market Rd, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

If you’re Llandaff bound, The Butchers Arms is where the best beer gardens at. Sit and enjoy a real ale in this sun trap of a courtyard and live your best summertime life. 

Where: 22 Heol-Y-Felin, Cardiff CF14 6NB

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

The ‘Diff’s most popular live music venue is also a great place to grab an al fresco drink. The terrace is open from 4 daily serving up all your regular pub favourites. 

Where: Clare Rd, Cardiff CF11 6QP

Ever been to a pub run by a baptist minister? Nope, thought not. Enter St Canna’s Alehouse. The newly opened micro pub is all about quality beers from Welsh brewers such as Tiny Rebel and Tenby. They also have the sweetest little beer garden.

Where:  42 Llandaff Road, Canton CF11 9NJ

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

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

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

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

Pontcanna are at the forefront of the beer garden revolution, and winning the most stylish beer garden award are Cathedral 73. Head down for Happy Hour and savour your cocktails like the sophisticated city dweller you are. 

Where: 73 Cathedral Road Cardiff, CF11 9HE

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

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

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, Cardiff CF24 4HY

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

Published -18th July 2019