Here at Pop Up Bar Hire we have searched the whole of Cardiff to find the best places for you to sip on some winter cocktails this Christmas. From light shows in Bute Park, to exciting game bars on St Mary Street, we have tried and tested some of the best events, restaurants and bars to give you the lowdown on the best places to get winter cocktails this Christmas!
Christmas at Bute Park
Starting off this list we have Christmas at Bute Park. The most festive outdoor event and perfect backdrop to sip on a seasonal Christmas cocktail. Boasting ‘the biggest festive light trail Wales has ever seen’, this dazzling experience looks set to warm up the festive season in style. With 4 bars dotted around the magical light trail you won’t be left thirsty for long. If you fancy something a little warmer, the marshmallow roasting fire pit and their Bailey’s hot chocolate will sure heat you up! On top of drinks, the trail offers an array of street food stalls waiting to fill your belly with delicious Christmas treats. Overall, this will be one of the best places to drink cocktails and devourer mouth-watering food this festive season!
Neighbourhood Kitchen and Cocktails
Fancy a hot cocktail this winter, then look no further than the fabulous Neighbourhood Kitchen and Cocktails. Hosting a new chef every two weeks, the Neighbourhood Kitchen offers a variety of food options, with their last host, Dirty Gnocchi, bringing a taste of Italy to the Welsh Capital. Try Neighbourhood’s gorgeous Gingerbread Mulled Wine or their Hot Buttered Rum, two sure-fire cocktails made to please on a cold winter evening. Located just outside the city centre at 80 Tudor Street, it’s just a stone throw away from some of our other city centre recommendations, and is definitely not one to be missed!
Busaba Thai Restaurant
Next on our list is the newly opened Thai restaurant Busaba, which offers modern Bangkok dishes and fabulous Asian inspired cocktails. Being the first Busaba restaurant to open outside of London, the people of Cardiff are in for a real treat. Their unique range of cocktails, such as the Naga Fireball, are sure to tickle the throats of any daring individual looking for a spice kick. Or maybe Busaba’s cooler cocktails, like the Guava Bellini and Mekhong Daiquiri might be more up your street. Whatever the occasion, this new Thai restaurant looks set to spice up both Cardiff’s culinary and cocktail scene!
Do you love Pac Man, Super Smash Bros or Donkey Kong? Well, you’re in luck! NQ64 is a new gaming bar which offers gaming inspired cocktails like Kirby, Princess Peach, Galaga and Pac a Punch. Why not play Mario Kart whilst sipping on your very own Nintendo inspired drink? Or you could stay warm this Christmas playing Mortal Kombat with a speciality draught beer. Whatever you fancy this winter, NQ64 has something for everyone and with their wide range of drink options you won’t ever get bored!
Gin and Juice
Looking for a sophisticated, charming but moody bar, to sip beautifully crafted cocktails in Cardiff? Then you may want to consider Gin and Juice. Their expert staff will serve you a range of over 300 gins from their bar located at the entrance to the Castle Arcade. They also serve high end winter cocktails ready to warm your throat. Located directly across from Gin and Juice is their partner bar, Rum and Fizz, another fine alternative to tickle your alcoholic fancy this Christmas.
Another new place for you to enjoy a cocktail whilst eating some delicious food is Bacareto. Based at 13 Church Street in the centre of Cardiff, their hearty, Venetian inspired dishes, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, will fill your hungry stomach throughout the festive period and into the new year. Like Neighbourhood Kitchen and Cocktails, Bacareto adds to the up and coming independent food and drink scene here in Cardiff. With their personal touch and special consideration placed onto everything they do; you simply can’t go wrong ordering a cocktail from Bacareto.
If it’s award-winning cocktails you are after, then Lab 22 is a solid bet. With their aim to push the boundaries of mixology and their drive to set the standards of cocktails in Cardiff, Lab 22 offers a great choice for any true cocktail lover. If you fancy learning some of the tricks of the trade they also offer cocktail masterclasses for you to get down and dirty in the art of mixology. From cocktails such as Glitch, Concrete Daisy and Buck Fast, Die Young, their menu sure has a lot of unanswered questions just waiting for you to answer!
The Dead Canary
If castles and dragons excite you, and oldy worldy secret entrances are more your thing, then The Dead Canary might just be for you. This place sure has a unique feel and is one where you can enjoy specialty cocktails like the Charizard, Jormungandr and Knucker to name but a few. A more disguised treat, The Dead Canary might just be one of those presents you just can’t keep hidden. Once you dive into their world, you won’t be coming back anytime soon!
You’ve come to the end of our top 8 places in Cardiff to enjoy a winter cocktail this Christmas. Please go and get stuck into this wide range of options that Cardiff hosts, you really won’t be disappointed!