Who doesn’t love a cocktail or three? We've scoured the city and picked our must-visit list of places that are staffed with top mixologists with the know-how to tickle your tastebuds. Some of these spots are dedicated cocktail bars, others are more diverse venues who simply know how to whip up a whizz-cracker of a drink. But one thing is guaranteed: every venue on this list offers tip-top boozing. 

With quirky décor and ambient lighting, cocktail aficionados can look forward to an extensive menu of drinks at the Libertine, with many boasting some seriously show-stopping, spectacularly theatrical twists.

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4,434 miles away, and Old Havana still manages to bring authentic Cuban drinks to Cardiff. Don't ask us how they do it, but it's the real deal. There’s a stunning outdoor terrace with a bright and funky real Cuban Car on the wall for you to sit and gaze at whilst sipping on a Mojito or two.

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Whitchurch Road's sharp new bar offers up a wide cocktail menu serving the best spirits alongside a fantastic tapas menu using the finest Spanish produce. The SO crew know how to shake things up in the cocktail department, and we have to admit we LOVE their concoctions. Owner Ieuan Edwards invites you to ‘drink, share, live’ at the SO Bar in Whitchurch Road.

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The Coconut Tree is your Sri Lankan home in Cardiff where you’ll get laid-back family vibes and tasty food. We'd strongly recommend familiarising yourself with the Cocotail menu – the Coconut Tree's delectable range of sweetly feisty cocktails, which you can enjoy until late at night on weekends... who said perfection doesn't exist?

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Fiercely independent, passionate about delivering simple, honest, modern Welsh food and mad about expertly made cocktails. Choice is a-plenty with all the usual staples such as Old Fashioned, Espresso Martini, Margarita. Feeling adventurous? Don't worry, there's plenty to explore. The restaurant also hosts cocktail masterclasses – be sure to bag a spot.

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Want to know a secret? The Dead Canary might be a bit harder to find than your average watering hole, but once you get inside (just ring the bell next to the fire exit) it’s worth it. The cocktails are the classiest in Cardiff and the bar itself is just beautiful – think 1920s razzle dazzle and you’re halfway there.

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You’ll find this smooth little speakeasy tucked away on Caroline Street (famously known as Chippy Lane) but don’t let that put you off – this is one classy joint. With names like Carboxygin and Mrs Einstein, these are cocktails for clever clogs, and you might just learn a thing or two from the maestro mixologists. If only science had been this fun at school.

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Hidden behind a black soot door on the doorstep of Castle Quarter, Pennyroyal feels very authentic. The handmade apothecary-style bar boasts over 100 rums and agaves – one of the most impressive collections of bottles in the city. Watch as the mixologists busily flit from shelf to shaker; masters of using their tools to create fantastically sippable liquid art.

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Prohibition is over, let the fun begin! The Bootlegger's second bar has come to Cardiff and makes a welcome addition to the eclectic Womanby Street. From the open doors and windows you'll hear Jazz, Northern Soul and Bluegrass, and inside you'll find one of the best Espresso Martinis in Cardiff.

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If you’re after a fun night out, head to 10 Feet Tall – with three floors to explore, you can drink, dine and dance until you drop. The cocktails are some of the prettiest in town and a lot of them are buy one get one free, meaning you can stay for hours, dancing to your heart's content, without even breaking the bank.

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CFeleven is a charming gin bar and hotel right in the heart of Pontcanna where you'll find over 200 types of gins from all around the world. The bar features a secret garden, the ideal spot to leisurely sip on an extremely tasty G&T while chatting the night away with friends.
Angela and Jay, the hosts of this fabulous establishment, make this place feel just like home. The cosy and homely atmosphere of both the hotel and the bar make it hard to leave... And we're pretty sure they'll keep you coming again and again!

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One of the city centre’s slicker bars, this is the place to be seen, where you (yes, you) can enjoy celebrity treatment – ooh, fancy. Pop in for a quick after-work cocktail (and enjoy the happy hour deals) or get your glad rags on and hang out in the VIP lounge all night. You never know who you might bump into…

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It’s famous for its mouth-watering menu (plus it’s one of the few Cardiff restaurants that Jay Rayner actually likes) but did you know that The Potted Pig also houses an impressive gin vault? The menu is huge but don’t be daunted; just ask them to recommend a favourite and get them to mix you a Martini…

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If you want to escape the city centre, head to Whitchurch Road where you’ll find one of Cardiff’s coolest new bars. The food is top notch and the drinks are good too. Check out the cocktail menu for classics with a cheeky twist. A couple of sparkly beauties will guarantee a fun night out.

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Bar 44 is by far the best tapas joint in Cardiff (although you should really check out its little sister Asador 44 just down the road) and its cocktail menu is pretty impressive too. It’s heaven for gin fiends but there are plenty of other options to warm you up for a night out, including the Maria Maria, a Bloody Mary made with gin instead of vodka.

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Ten Mill Lane has a quirky, relaxed vibe – but you can still party here until the early hours. The classic cocktails are pretty sweet and we also love the nostalgia menu which is based on the bar staff’s childhood memories. How can you say no to Top of the Pops and Who Loves Orange Soda?

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Published -9th January 2020