15 Charming dog friendly pubs in Cardiff

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Cardiff isn’t just one of the newest capital cities in Europe, it’s one of the most-visited places in Britain! Although a new city, it has a long history and plenty to explore, including walkies around the famous waterfront. And since Wales is a nation of dog-lovers, their capital is no different.

You’ll find plenty of places for you and Rover to range over and even more dog-friendly pubs in Cardiff to have a tipple in afterwards! Here are 15 charming dog-friendly pubs in Cardiff where you can crack open a cold one with your canine.

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The Grange

After a game of fetch in Sevenoaks Park, head on over to The Grange for a refreshing drink with the hound. This dog-friendly pub in Cardiff loves a furry visitor, and loads of locals bring their pooch down on quiz night for moral support.

To be fair, even if the dogs aren’t the next Mastermind they love a visit since they’re always spoiled rotten with fuss and free snacks from the staff.

The Lansdowne

The handsome Victorian red-brick boozer The Lansdowne is the sister venue to The Grange and an award-winning pub that aims to be a traditional community watering hole, which includes welcoming the local hounds!

They claim they only serve old-school pub food, but that’s doing it a disservice. Sure, they’re pub classics, but their drool-worthy menu is varied, creative and uses amazing local ingredients.

  • Address: 71 Beda Road, CF5 1LX

  • Opening Times: Mon-Thu: 12:00-23:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-23:30 / Sun: 12:00-22:30

The Heathcock

A touch further north and nestled beside Llandaff meadow is The Heathcock, which regularly welcomes humans and hounds inside after walkies in the wood and by the river, or families on a trip out with the pooch in tow.

It’s surprisingly bright and airy inside, feeling more like a cafe than a pub. In reality, it’s actually more of a restaurant, with exceptional fine dining and indulgent dishes worthy of the Michelin Guide.

Tiny Rebel

Old-school outside, eclectic and quirky inside, the Tiny Rebel is a contemporary craft beer bar with hipster vibes that’s ideal for lively socials, live music, and sipping on some amazing beer.

There’s mouth-watering bar food as well as one of the biggest and most impressive Sunday roasts you’ll find in the city. Your best bud is welcome inside too and is sure to get a good scratch behind the ears.

The Pen and Wig

A rare tranquil oasis in the centre of the city, The Pen and Wig offers a quiet country-style retreat with fresh and hearty comfort food and plenty of tasty tipples.

They’ve been in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide six years on the trot, so you’re guaranteed a perfect pint, plus it’s one of the most dog-friendly pubs in Cardiff, with toys, towels, water bowls, and treats available from the doggy station on the way in.

Horse and Jockey

The Horse and Jockey might be off the beaten track, but it’s worth sniffing out to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a quiet drink in a proper village pub.

This hidden gem is a haven for dog lovers, and there’s always a pooch or two sat by the bar or sprawled out under a table. The cheerful staff will fetch Fido a bowl of water alongside your own drinks, and there might be some tubs of doggy ice-cream on sale too.

The Waterguard

The Waterguard is the only dog-friendly pub in Cardiff bay, happy for dogs to sit in either of their two gardens or inside the pub itself. (Meanwhile, the nearby Eli Jenkins only allows dogs in the garden.)

The Waterguard is contemporary, bright and airy inside with a little nautical flair and plenty of room for the dog to lie down while you tuck into some munchable bar food.

St Canna’s

St Canna’s might be the smallest of Cardiff’s pubs, but it’s potentially the most pooch-friendly. This micropub is run by a Baptist minister and warmly welcomes all people and pups inside with doggy treats galore, and they have their own gorgeous Border Terrier to make friends with.

They’ve also welcomed the dogs from Cardiff Dog’s Home into the pub to meet the locals and try to find their new “fur-ever” home.

This pub doesn't always do food, but there’s usually street food on offer and it’s the perfect place for a relaxing pint with the pooch under your feet.

Black Lion

Since it isn’t far from Llandaff meadow and fields, you and the pooch can poop into the Black Lion for a pit-stop after walkies. This Brains venue is both a family and dog-friendly pub in Cardiff serving up their own range of ales and a wide selection of other tasty tipples, as well as lashings of proper pub food.

The attentive team will make sure you all feel right at home in this laid back boozer, including the dog, but just be aware it can get busy here on match days.

The Plymouth Arms

The Plymouth Arms, like most Vintage Inns, is a very furry-friendly pub that wants their puppy patrons as happy as the people. Dogs are welcome in their massive garden and inside the bar, and the staff will fetch them water and treats.

Although if you want to spoil your fur baby, they often have doggy beer on sale. This historic country inn is steeped in charm and happens to be on the doorstep of the National History Museum and St Fagans Castle, making it the ideal rest stop after some sightseeing.

The Albany

The Albany is a proper traditional pub with sport on the tv, lashings of real ale, and heaping portions of pub grub to line your belly. Although traditional, this is both a family and dog-friendly pub in Cardiff that attracts people and pooches of all ages.

You’ll soon settle into the warm atmosphere, chatting to the smiley staff, or sneaking off to the skittle alley for some fun, or just hanging out and socialising in their secret garden.

The Cambrian Tap

A craft beer mecca in the city centre, The Cambrian Tap serves up plenty of bevs from Brains Craft Brewery as well as a careful selection of dozens of bottles and cans alongside their 18 draught lines.

The industrial decor makes it feel brooding and modern, and it’s certainly one of the most bustling boozers, as well as one of the best dog-friendly pubs in Cardiff’s centre. Just bear in mind they don’t really do food beyond pies and bar snacks.

The Pantmawr Inn

The Pantmawr Inn is proudly dog-friendly, and it’s one of the cosiest and most traditional pubs in Cardiff. It used to be a dairy parlour, and there’s still plenty of period features and rustic vibes, with its bare-stone walls and the odd horse brass decorating the place, plus a very roomy, grassy garden.

There’s quaffable real ale and pub grub to fill your belly, and a surprisingly good range of gins and wines too. There’s also a bumper calendar of events, so keep an eye out for what’s on when you’re around!

The Old Cottage

The Old Cottage is only a short walk from Lisvane and Thornhill station, and practically on top of the golf course. It’s another country pub full of period charm and a warm atmosphere, with armchairs to sink into and log fires for the pooch to curl up beside.

This dog-friendly pub in Cardiff welcomes pups in the bar and garden and provides water bowls for them to quench their thirst. As for the humans, expect class ale, premium cocktails, and fine dining with colourful, flavourful dishes worthy of Instagram!

The Flora

Dogs are welcome inside the bar and the sun-trap garden of The Flora, and you can soak up some rays whilst playing pool and sipping on a succulent cocktail. It’s the best pub to be found in Cathays and home to one of the most sumptuous Sunday roasts in the city.

This quirky, lively hangout has become a firm favourite with students thanks to its trendy menu, friendly staff, and buzzing social scene.

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