If you’re lucky enough to be in Cardiff on International Rugby Day but find yourself without a ticket for the big game then don’t despair you can still soak up the atmosphere in many of the great venues in the City Centre.
Here are the top 5 venues to watch the match…
Cardiff Cottage…St. Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AA
A traditional pub in the heart of the City Centre it takes on the full atmosphere of match days. Being a brains pub you know you’re going to get a good selection of drinks including the best cask ales that Wales has to offer. There is also free wi-fi access so those who need their fix can still tweet/blog/ facebook along with the game.
With Brains being the official sponsor of the Welsh Rugby Team they’re currently running a competition “Anthem Karaoke” which invites you to sing the National Anthem and up load the video to win prizes (more information can be found here: http://anthemkaraoke.com/).
Walkabout…65 Saint Mary’s Close, Cardiff, CF10 1FA
With 3 giant screens and 40 big screen TVs dotted over two floors there’s no chance you’ll miss any of the sporting action. It’s also the perfect place to continue the post match celebrations (confidence?) as when the lights go down the Australian theme bar turns into a nightclub for all those non-clubbers.
The Queens Vaults…29 Westgate Street Cardiff CF10 1EH
Being one of Cardiff’s oldest pubs this rugby themed venue is the perfect place to situate yourself if you want to be involved right in the heart of the action. Situated opposite the Millennium Stadium it’s obvious that this is one of the busiest venues on match day so make sure you get there early to get your spot.
Varsity…Greyfriars Road City Centre CF10 3AD
If you’re looking for something a bit more trendy then head straight to Varsity where you can watch the match on one of their 10 large plasma screens. There are always a variety of drinks promotions running and they offer VIP Sports packages starting from £30 a head, which includes 2 meals (ie breakfast and post match dinner), 3 drinks vouchers and table service for the rest of the match.
And finally The Hayes…
Ok so it’s not quite the same as getting yourself comfy in a pub and having a pint in your hand but if you’ve been dragged out by your better half for a shopping trip then pack them off to St David’s 2, pop to Starbucks for a take out coffee and watch the match on the Giant Screen at The Hayes. Plenty of shopping widows will be there so you’ve got plenty chance to create an interesting atmosphere.