Top 50 Cocktail Bars



Cardiff, Glamorgan

Cardiff’s Penny Royal cocktail bar looks like a Victorian emporium with its dark exterior façade and red velvet curtains. But on entering, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

Cool hip hop leaks out into the venue, which is steeped in low lighting and flickering candles, Penny Royal has a vast offering of over 300 bottles of spirits and an extensive cocktail menu.

The staff are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the classics, but also the array of spirits on offer in the bar. And despite being a highly designed venue with an exceptional drink offering, it is a friendly neighbourhood bar where locals mix with drinks aficionados and revellers alike.

In essence, it is an afterwork cocktail bar with table service and live music set at an affordable price. You can book or walk in and expect a friendly service.

There is a no-fuss approach to the cocktail menu, with each serve being clean and distinct and limited on the theatrics.

Notable serves of the past have included the Melon-Lime Soda, made using Absolut Lime Vodka, Midori, lime juice, matcha cordial and soda; the Pearl Button, made with Ouro Cachaca, aromatised wine, lime juice and cloudy lemonade; and the Hat on a Hat, made with Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, umeshu, Empirical Spirits The Plum, Mirabelle Plum Eau de Vie, soda and mirin.

Expect interesting serves alongside well crafted classics in an atmosphere that is vastly different from the world outside. Certainly a place to visit if you’re in need of some expert cocktails.

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