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Old Arcade

14 Church Street
City Centre
CF10 1BG

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Opening Times


Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - Midnight
Saturday11.00 am - Midnight
SundayNoon - 10.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Sat noon - 9pm
Sun noon - 6pm



About the Pub

The Old Arcade is one of the most famous rugby pubs in the world - it is well worth a visit to see a contrast of fittings with early 20th century ones in the front bar and some genuine late-Victorian fittings in the back bar. It is very busy when there is an event at the nearby Principality Stadium, particularly rugby matches. It was built in 1844 as the Birdcage Inn; and later called the Arcade Vaults. Later refurbishments give the pub a modern feel but it is good to see a city centre pub retaining many old fittings. The back bar retains this splendid late Victorian bar back fitting still with five of the six original mirrored panels; also, a mahogany counter and an early 20th century fireplace. While this pub is leased to Marston's, it retains the entire Brains range of cask ales.

Historic Interest

In the front bar the counter looks like inter-war work, as does the wall panelling and there is a 1920s style fireplace. There are several doors into the front bar indicating it was probably sub-divided in the past. The remaining bar back is in a Neo-Jacobean style - note the little upright barrels in the decoration - it has been altered to incorporate a genuine Victorian mirror that was formerly on the wall of the lounge. Note the original 'Brains Beer' etched window.

Regular ales

This pub serves 5 regular beers.

  • Brains Bitter
  • Brains Dark
  • Brains Rev James Original
  • Brains SA
  • Brains SA Gold

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CamraVoucherScheme CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme
  • RealHeritagePub Historic Pub Interior

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  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events

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  • LiveMusic Live Music

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  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV
  • WiFi Wifi

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Old Arcade

14 Church Street
City Centre
CF10 1BG

Sat Nav Reference

51.480427, -3.17908


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Nearby Station (500m)

Cardiff Central

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Old Arcade - Cardiff

Old Arcade

14 Church Street
City Centre
CF10 1BG

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • Member Discount Scheme
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Family Friendly
  • Events
  • Live Music
  • Newspapers
  • Separate Bar
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Railway Station

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