From coaching inns to country pubs, gastro bars to old-school boozers, Wales is home to an astounding range of places to get your drink on. The only problem is, with so many stunning spots to choose from, it’s easy to spend way too much time searching, and not enough time drinking.
Well, here at Snaptrip, we see it as our duty to get you into the perfect pub as fast as possible. That’s why we’ve the country to bring you the best drinking spots in every single part of Wales. Wherever you are and whatever you’re looking for, be it good food, good beer, or just a great pub to lounge around in, we’ve got you covered. We’ve even helped you make the most of the country’s incredible food scene, by throwing in a bonus best pub for food in every region.
So go on, get out there and find your next wonderful Wales watering hole as soon as possible. If you see anywhere you like, why not make a trip of it, and check out our incredible selection of holiday cottages in Wales. If you’ve left your trip to the last minute, but are still dreaming of a Wales getaway then worry not, just check out our superb selection of last-minute holiday cottages in Wales.
Best pubs in North Wales
Best pub in Anglesey
Name: The Bull
Best for: Mixing past and present
Opening times: 11am – 11pm
Contact details: 01248 810329
Location: Castle Street, Beaumaris, LL58 8AP
One of the good pub guide’s most highly rated drinking spots, if you’re looking to step back through time, but don’t want to say goodbye to our modern luxuries, then this stylish seaside escape is for you. Dating all the way back to the Early Renaissance, this 16th century inn combines fascinating history with contemporary comfort. While its gorgeous low-beamed ceilings and roaring log fire have seen centuries of incredible events, including visits from the likes of Charles Dickens and Samuel Johnson, its elegant modern stylings and sumptuous food are the very best of the 21st century.
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Best pub in Flintshire and Denbighshire
Name: The Dinorben Arms
Best for: A pint with a view
Opening times: 11am – 11pm
Contact details: 01745 775090
Location: Bodfari LL16 4DA
With Wales serving up some of the most staggering sights in all of Britain, like rolling tree-topped hills sprinkled with unmissable Cymry magic, why stay cooped up inside where you can’t enjoy them? Especially when this recently refurbished village pub offers the perfect enjoy them, with a delicious cask ale in hand. Its beautiful beer garden offers fantastic, far-reaching views out across the Denbighshire countryside. What’s more, it’s no less appealing inside. The large, open-plan bar comes complete with a roaring open fire, and squishy leather armchairs, making guests feel like their laying back in the comfort of their own living room.
Best pub in Caernarfonshire
Name: Ty Coch Inn
Best for: A unique and tranquil location
Opening times: 11am – 10pm
Contact details: 01758 720498
Location: Porthdinllaen, Porthdinllaen, LL53 6DB
Resting upon a thin ribbon of unspoilt land, stretching into the Irish Sea, this stunning shoreside spot is one of only two dozen buildings in the tiny coastal settlement of Porthdinllaen. But, while its location may be modest, its reputation certainly isn’t. While many pubs claim to be one of the best in the world, this wonderful watering hole can actually prove it. Officially named one of the best beach bars on the planet, you can enjoy luscious locally sourced real ales while gazing out across one of the most jaw-dropping views in Britain: out across the tranquil Welsh ocean and toward Yr Eifl and Snowdonia.
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Bonus best pubs for food in North Wales
Name: The Cottage Loaf
Best for: Undiscovered gourmet sensations
Opening times: 11am-11pm
Contact details: 01492 870762
Location: Market St, Llandudno LL30 2SR
What would you expect from a proper Welsh country pub? Well, a crackling fire, of course. Perhaps low-beamed ceilings above welcoming wooden furniture? Not to mention, cracking cask ales alongside hearty homemade food, served by a friendly face. Well, this delightful drinking spot has all of this, and more, making you feel like you’ve stepped inside an old Welsh fairytale. The only surprise is just how sensational its hearty homemade food is. This astounding hidden gem serves up simply spectacular pub classics with a mouthwatering gourmet twist. Locally sourced where possible, much of the meat comes from the local butchers located literally next door.
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Best pubs in West Wales
Best pub in Pembrokeshire
Name: The Jolly Sailor
Best for: An unbeatable beer garden
Opening times: 12am -11pm
Contact details: 01646 600378
Location: Milford Haven SA73 1NY
Sitting on the edge of the Cleddau River for over 150 years, this incredible country pub is built around its beer garden. Almost two dozen well-spaced tables come with panoramic views of the emerald water, stretching out in all directions, lapping gently against the gorgeous Welsh coast. With a location this stunning, this spectacular pub really doesn’t have to offer much else. But, that doesn’t stop them also being home to an incredible selection of sumptuous ales and an extensive wine list catering to any and all tastes. Not to mention, an excellent selection of traditional pub food, the perfect accompaniment to the unbeatable view.
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Best pub in Carmarthenshire
Name: The Black Lion
Best for: A fairytale feel
Opening times: 12pm – 11pm
Contact details: 01558 685271
Location: B4310, Carmarthen SA32 7SN
If you get around to visiting this gorgeous village pub, and we really hope you do, we think you’ll agree that there’s only one word for it: adorable. Nestled in the picture-perfect village of Abergorlech, amongst idyllic Welsh fields, and beneath crisp Welsh skies, this family-run drinking spot couldn’t get cosier if it tried. Home to low-beamed wooden ceilings, the light crackle of an open fire, and well-worn furnishings garnished lit by flickering candlelight, if you’re looking to add a sprinkle of old-world magic to Wales getaway, then you’ll struggle to find a more perfect place.
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Best pub in Ceredigion
Name: Ffostrasol Arms
Best for: A traditional coaching inn
Opening times: 11am – midnight
Contact details: 01239 851348
Location: Llandysul SA44 4SY
It’s not hard to describe what this traditionally styled pub and historic former coaching inn tries to be: a real, down to earth, boozer. It’s also not hard to see that it manages, spectacularly. While this homey watering hole ought to be an overpriced tourist trap, but it remains a proper pub, with proper ale. Expect to be surrounded by friendly local faces and a range of fantastic local and imported beers. While sipping your perfectly poured pint, why not enjoy a game of pool, snooker, or darts. Once you’ve worked up an appetite showing off your skills, have a look at their extensive food menu, all made fresh to order.
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Bonus best pub for food in West Wales
Name: The Griffin
Best for: A blissful setting
Opening times: 12pm – 11pm
Contact details: 01646 636227
Location: Dale, Haverfordwest SA62 3RB
It’s hard to imagine a more blissful setting than this. Settled on the edge of the Irish Sea, the stunning spot sits in a fishing village so scenic, it looks like it was stolen from the front of a picture postcard. As well as an impressive collection of delicious drinks, it should be no surprise what this unmissable pub specialises in – locally caught seafood. Its menu is dictated, almost entirely, by whatever the sea provides. Home to a vast range of mouthwatering dishes, from mackerel to scallops, turbot to lobster, if you’re looking to take your palate on a tour of the ocean, then this idyllic eatery is the ideal place.
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Best pubs in South Wales
Best pub in Brecknockshire
Name: The Felin Fach Griffin
Best for: Enjoying life at a slower pace
Opening times: 11am – 11pm
Contact details: 01874 620111
Location: Felinfach, Brecon LD3 0UB
You’ve got to admit, life is pretty hectic. From time to time, we all need to step back, sit down, and enjoy the world at a slower pace. Nestled in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, this cosy country inn is all about living life in a lower gear. Just looking at its’ warm, welcoming exterior will cause you to unclench. Inside, you’ll snuggle down on a soft sofa, surrounded by quaint, cottage stylings, and enjoy a perfect pint of local ale or simple serving of scrumptious comfort food. The only danger here is that after a couple of incredible hours in front of its roaring log fire, it can be hard to find the motivation to tear yourself away.
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Best pub in Glamorganshire
Name: The Cambrian Tap
Best for: A classic bar with a modern twist
Opening times: 12pm – 11pm
Contact details: 029 2064 4952
Location: 51 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AD
Set in the heart of Wales’ most exciting city, this top-notch pub lives up to its inspiring location. A place where timeless elegance meets 21st-century style, they serve up a classic British bar experience with a terrific modern twist. Even the humble pork pie has had a makeover, picking up a range of exciting new flavours and exhilarating toppings that you’ll have to head on over to discover. As for ales, you’ll have a whopping 18 draught taps to choose from, drawn from the best breweries in Wales and beyond.
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Best pub in Monmouthshire
Name: The Lion Inn Trellech
Best for: A true village local
Opening times: 12pm – 12am
Contact details: 01600 860322
Location: Trelleck, Monmouth NP25 4PA
Lying in the heart of one of South Wales’ most picture-perfect valleys, this 16th-century inn is the definition of a village local. The only traditional inn left in the ancient community of Trellech, it looks like it was taken from an age-old travellers tale. Two rooms are home to two wooden fires below beautiful exposed wood beams. One room houses the restaurant, serving wholesome and heart-warming pub grub, while the other is the traditional village bar, where you can always expect to find a smiling selection of real village locals.
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Bonus best pubs for food in South Wales
Name: Bunch Of Grapes
Best for: Lucious locally grown nosh
Opening times: 11am – 11.30pm
Contact details: 01443 402934
Location: Ynysangharad Rd, Pontypridd CF37 4DA
A lot of pubs brag about using mainly local produce, but this stunning spot has got even the best of them beat, growing much of their magnificent menu actually on site! Their team of award-winning chefs butcher their own meat, produce a variety of their own vegetables, and every morning the pub is alive with the smell of freshly baked bread. There’s no shortage of ways to wash their delicious dishes down, as they also boast the largest selection of ale in the area. What’s more, their hard work has not gone unnoticed, as they’ve won CAMRA awards, including the coveted title of Wales’ pub of the year.
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Best pubs in Mid Wales
Best pub in Merionethshire
Name: The Victoria Inn
Best for: Cracking comfort food
Opening times: 8.30am – 11pm
Contact details: 01341 241213
Location: Llanbedr, Gwynedd, LL45 2LD
Nestled at the foot of the Rhinog Mountain range, on the banks of the River Artro, this quaint, cosy family run inn is all about doing the simple things in life, really well. The menu is a selection of handmade, homegrown comfort foods, perfect for rewarding yourself after a long, refreshing trek through the surrounding landscape. As for washing your nosh down, you’ll find a vibrant variety of local and international ales, as well as an extensive wine list, with something for all palates. Outside, the expansive beer garden is almost always full of friendly locals, soaking up the surrounding landscape.
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Best pub in Cardiganshire
Name: The Nag’s Head Inn, Abercych
Best for: Feeling like part of the family
Opening times: 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact details: 01239 841200
Location: Abercych, Boncath SA37 0HJ
Owned by a husband and wife team, this country inn has ‘family feel’ written all over it. Prepare to greeted with the warmest of welcomes, as you step inside the old fashioned, wood furnished, stone-floored, oak-beamed bar, and enter the cosiest room in Cych Valley. Once inside, treat yourself to some traditional Welsh food cooked with fresh local ingredients and a whole lot of heart. As for washing down your soul-soothing nosh, there’s an array of local ales, local gins, and specially selected wines, drawn from across the world.
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Best pub in Radnorshire
Name: The Harp Inn
Best for: Cask-conditioned ales
Opening times: 6pm – 11pm
Contact details: 01544 350655
Location: Old Radnor, Presteigne LD8 2RH
Welcome to your next home away from home. Perched atop a sun-soaked hill, overlooking the magical Radnor Valley, this longhouse inn is all about being a place that you can kick back, relax, and really feel at peace in the Wales countryside. Boasting a range of cask-conditioned ales and locally sourced pub grub, this quaint and cosy spot is the perfect place to soak up all the flavours of Mid Wales. Best of all, the surrounding countryside offers a range of brilliant outdoor activities, from fishing to rally driving, giving you no shortage of ways to work up an appetite before heading inside.
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Bonus best pubs for food in Mid-Wales
Name: The Nag’s Head, Garthmyl
Best for: Culinary excellence
Opening times: 11am – 10pm
Contact details: 01686 640600
Location: Garthmyl, Montgomery SY15 6RS
Sitting a stone’s throw from the River Severn, this stylish spot is home to a stunning, open plan dining area, leading onto a perfect sun-trap patio. The only thing more impressive than the decor is their simply astounding cuisine. Producing homemade food to the highest possible standard, the only way to describe this quality of the pub’s cuisine is through its incredible selection of awards, which include being named the best pub in Wales, for two years in a row, and being awarded the coveted AA Rosette award for culinary excellence, for three.
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