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The City Arms, Cardiff Central, Cardiff

12 Quay Street
Cardiff
CF10 1EA
Phone: 02920641913
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Aqualung . left this review about The City Arms

What was a fairly run of the mill Brains pub is now run as a free house that also sells Brains beers. I didn't get the impression of a two room pub as the central bar counter just seems to have the furnishings wrapped around it. I didn't see any stillage either but I did count something like fourteen hand pumps.
I didn't note all the beers but I'm sure there was a full range of Brains beers and did see Milestone and Ascot represented. I went for the Vale Of Glamorgan Flying Hellfish (£3.45) which was in good nick.
Given the central location this is an obvious place to try Brains beers but I would return for the guests and save the Brains for the Goat Major and Old Arcade.

On 3rd December 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The City Arms

This is a large, two bar Brains house just outside the Millennium Stadium, but offering a much more varied ale range than the majority of the city's Brains outlets. The left hand bar is a simple wedge shaped room with the servery over to the right hand side and a large open space opposite, presumably very useful on heaving match days. A good deal of sturdy looking seating has been arranged around the perimeter and the room has a lot of visual appeal, with breweriana, mirrors, beer bottles and pump clip collections adding a significant amount of colour to the walls. The right hand bar is L shaped with bare floorboards, low stools and some high padded banquettes as well as the provision of plenty more vertical drinking space. Lots of pump clips run around the walls here and there are numerous old photos and advertisements on display as well, with the focal point being an impressive etched mirror for W, J & J Sanderson, 1850. The room extends into a rear space where a good deal more seating can be found and there are lots more interesting items worth looking through here including some well presented beer bottle displays. Each area has its own large TV screen, all of which were off on this visit, although I suspect certain sports events get an airing. The day's papers were filed in a rack next to the bar and some music quietly piped its way through the rooms for the duration of my visit.
The ale range included four casks on stilage behind the bar, but I couldn't figure out which of these, if any, were actually on and what they were dispensing. The handpulls were all clearly clipped and offered Brains Bitter, SA, Reverend James, Dark, Boilermaker and Rye Catcher, Anarchy Urban Assault, Oakham Black Hole Porter, Portcullis Castles and something called Firebox, plus two real ciders. The Urban Assault was in pretty good shape and served by a friendly, welcoming barmaid.
I found this an incredibly relaxing place to enjoy some good beer, although I appreciate that there will be times when the environment and atmosphere changes dramatically. The pub is well kept, welcoming and offers a good range of ales by Cardiff standards and in my view is probably the best traditional style pub in the city centre.

On 18th April 2015 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The City Arms

Handily opposite the Urban Tap House, this is a Brains outlet but also hosts a number of their own specials/seasonals and proper guests, spread over handpulls and the dreaded stillage. True to form, the Dark Star from handpull was a decent drop but the stillaged Glastonbury was slops. Also available were some of the Westons Twist ciders – which were revolting. Internally there’s not a huge amount to get excited by. There's a few tables outside but expect to be accosted by wandering vagrants. Worth a look-in for the handpulls only. A 6.5 kind of place but I'll be generous and err upward.

On 1st October 2014 - rating: 7
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Cardiff Central, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Cardiff Queen Street, 0.61 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Cathays, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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3rd Dec 2018, 08:58
Review submitted by Aqualung .
 
5th Aug 2017, 20:39
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 28 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 28 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 28 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 28 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 November 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 27 June 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 April 2015 by Pub SignMan
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