10 Quay Street, Cardiff, CF10 1EA [Map]
Tel: 029 2022 5258
Ok, let me set my stall out from the start - this review is gonna be biased. It can't be anything but, after all this is the pub where I witnessed Scott Gibb's last minute try against England at Wembley in 1999, PLUS Gavin Henson's last minute kick against England in 2005.
When I think of the City Arms I think of memories - the place is steeped in them. Perhaps that is why Barry John, arguably the greatest no 10 in rugby history, still throws the odd appearance there.
The City Arms is perhaps Cardiff's, if not Wales, most famous pub. Set across the way from the majestic Millenium Stadium it has long since welcomed rugby fans from all corners of the globe.
On match days the crowd spills out onto and over the street. The atmosphere is always lively and boisterous but never aggressive. People come to the City Arms for a good time and they rarely go away disappointed.
During the week the clientele consists of a wide and learned bunch who will, at times, provide as much bemusement as amusement. For those of you with an eye to the stars - the odd rock star has been known to show their face there too.
The range of beer is more than adequate to satisfy the average drinker whilst the bar can boast the most bar staff per sq. foot over any other pub in Cardiff.
A match day visit to Cardiff is surely not complete without a walk through the hallowed doors of the City Arms!
Posted by Taffy 14th May 2003