This traditional pub a stones throw from the Millennium Stadium is blessed with very friendly bar staff, attracting a lot of regulars, including office workers. It is very much a locals pub in the town centre.
It is decorated in cream and dark red, with a lot of boxing and football photographs on the walls, including a team photo of the 1905 Cardiff City team.
Becomes very lively in the small hours at weekends, and of course on match days.
CAMRA’s Cardiff Pub of the Year 2012 and highly commended 2013.
I popped in again yesterday, curious as to why the pub is number one voted so far on CardiffPubs.co.uk. I can kind of see why as it is an all-out traditional pub with Spartan facilities far removed from the more prevalent gastropub. This was a Thursday mid-afternoon – I suspect that night time or on match days it is heaving. Built-in the 1880’s as the Cattle Market Tavern. It was later renamed to the Dovers Arms, finally becoming the City Arms in 1905 in celebration of the new Cardiff status.
Allegedly haunted by a poltergeist.
The City Arms
Why go to The City Arms?
- Excellent food
- Real ALE
- Traditional PUB
- FREE WIFI
The City Arms Opening Times
Monday 11 AM to 11 PM
Tuesday 11 AM to 11 PM
Wednesday 11 AM to 11 PM
Thursday 11 AM to 2 AM
Friday 11 AM to 2 AM
Saturday 11 AM to 2 AM
The City Arms Food Serving Times
Monday Noon to 4 PM
Tuesday Noon to 4 PM
Wednesday Noon to 4 PM
Thursday Noon to 4 PM
Friday Noon to 4 PM
Saturday Noon to 4 PM
The City Arms Reviews
Stuart says: “Traditional Cardiff pub with brilliant memorabilia on the walls. Still serving a good pint.”
David says: “A non pretensious pub in the city centre with great ale selection. Spit and sawdust done right.”
Timothy says: “Great pub of the beaten track great craft beers and ciders.”
Naomi says: “One of my favourite places to come. Amazing food, lovely staff and great for people watching. A hidden gem!!! View of the cathedral. Clean and welcoming. One of my favourite places to come.”
Laura says: “ Off the main strip of the high street – want some where quiet to eat and drink – highly recommend this pub! We love it here!”