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Top bars and pubs get shortlisted in The 1st Welsh Bar & Pub Awards 2020

Creative Oceanic is delighted to present the finalists of The 1st Welsh Bar and Pub Awards 2020.

Wale’s  drinking scene is definitely alive and these awards aim to celebrate cocktail makers, bartenders, top pubs and bars that serve the best drinks in Wales.

The 1st Welsh Bar &Pub Awards 2020 will showcase local bars that offer great wine lists, an array of beers, innovative cocktails and warm atmosphere.

The winners will be revealed in an elegant ceremony that will take place on Wednesday, April 22 at The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff.

They will also recognise bars for their fantastic crews that are always ready to welcome and serve the customers with unique drinks, blended with secret recipes and ingredients.

The awards aim to bring together the bar industry and reward those who established successfully their business and found their corner in the market, due to their out of the box thinking and dedication to be the best.

A Spokesperson for The Welsh Bar & Pub Awards 2020 said: “The bar industry has seen a massive growth over the past few years and these awards aim to acknowledge those who have played a great role in introducing innovation to this sector.

“The awards will celebrate and highlight the skill, commitment, talent and success of those who work hard to deliver exceptional customer service, unique drinks and memorable experiences to their customers. It is time to give them the recognition they deserve.

“We would like to congratulate all the finalists for their nomination and we can’t wait to celebrate the winners.”

The finalists of The Welsh Bar &Pub Awards 2020 are:

Pub of the Year


Morton Arms (Towyn)

The Penrhyn Arms (Penrhyn-Side)

Bank of Conwy (Conwy)

Fairy Falls Hotel (Trefriw)

The Australia (Porthmadog)

The White Lion Inn (Colwyn Bay)

The West Arms (Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog)

Y Morfa  (Rhosneigr)

The Fox Inn Ysceifiog (Holywell)

The Ye Olde Mail Coach (Conwy)



Angel Welshpool Limited (Welshpool)

The Red Lion – Y Llew Coch (Machynlleth)

Ship & Castle (Aberystwyth)

The Angel Inn (Llanidloes)

The Nags Head Inn (Montgomery)

Bull & Heifer (Newtown)

The Railway Inn (Borth)

White Horse (Aberystwyth)

The Whistling Badger (Llanidloes)

Arvon Ale House (Llandrindod Wells)


South West

The Ferry Inn (Cardigans)

The Plash Inn (Llanfallteg)

Inn At The Sticks (Llanstephan)

Poundffald Inn (Swansea)

Blue Boar (Carmarthen)

Cresselly Arms (Kilgetty)

The Castle (Haverfordwest)

Dyffryn Arms (Fishguard)

Station House (Whitland)


South East

The Llynfi Arms (Tondu)

The Cricketers (Cardiff)

Kings Arms (Pentyrch)

Drovers Arms (Brecon)

The Gwaelod-y-Garth Inn (Cardiff)

Blue Anchor Inn   (Barry)

Bunch Of Grapes (Pontypridd)

Hare & Hounds (Cowbridge)

The Glascoed Pub (Usk)

The Potters (Newport)


Bar of the Year


Club 147 (Llandudno)

Kinmel Bay Social Club (Rhyl)

Browns Bar and Grill (Towyn)

The Heights (Llanberis)

1891 Restaurant and Bar (Rhyl)

Eryri Bar & Lounge (Caernarfon )

Stables Bar – Y Stablau (Betws-y-Coed)

Ye Olde Bull Inn    (Conwy)

Black Boy Inn Restaurant (Caernarfon)

Clio Lounge (Bangor)



Kanes Bar (Aberystwyth)

The Dragon Hotel (Montgomery)

The Kerry Lamb    (Newtown)

Bar46 (Aberystwyth)

Cock Hotel (Welshpool)

Upstairs at the Pier (Aberystwyth)

Y Bañera (Aberystwyth)

The Unicorn Hotel (Llanidloes)

The Banc (Knighton)

The Crown Inn (Rhayader)


South West

The Village Bar Café (Swansea)

South Beach Bar & Grill (Tenby)

The Cellar Bar (Cardigan)

The Kilkenny Cat (Llanelli)

Bar Americanos    (Swansea)

Shooters Sports Bar (Neath)

Bar Gallois (Port Talbot)

Copperplate Bar & Grill (Llanelli)

Diablo’s Queen Street (Carmarthen)

The Halfmoon (Llanelli)


South East

Hops and Scotch (Brecon)

The Roost on Rock Road (St Athan)

Reybah   (Bridgend)

Tiny Rebel (Newport)

The Little Bar On The Bridge (Bridgend)

Drago Lounge (Newport)

Clwb Ifor Bach (Cardiff)

Angel Bar & Grill (Caerphilly)

Pitch Bar & Eatery (Cardiff)


Inn of the Year


Trevor Arms Marford (Marford)

The White Lion Inn (Llanelian)

The Glan Yr Afon Inn (Holywell)

Bryn Tyrch Inn (Betws-y-Coed)

Grand Hotel (Llandudno)

Tŷ Coch Inn (Porthdinllaen)

The Swan Inn (Llangollen)

Dovey Inn (Aberdovey)

The New Inn Hotel (Rhuddlan)

The Welsh Black Inn (Cartref)

Llwyn Onn Guest House (Merthyr Tydfil)



The Nags Head Inn (Montgomery)

The Lowfield Inn (Welshpool)

Cain Valley Hotel (Llanfyllin)

The Horseshoes Inn (Welshpool)

The Dolfor Inn (Newtown)

Ty Morgans (Rhayader)

The Brigands Inn (Machynlleth)


South West

Britannia Inn (Swansea)

The Stackpole Inn (Stackpole)

The Wolfe Inn (Haverfordwest)

The Ship Inn (Cardigan)

Llety Cynin (St Clears)

The Snooty Fox Inn (Narbeth)

Savoy Country Inn (Carmarthen)

The Baltic Inn (Llanelli)

The Ferryboat Inn (Goodwick)

The Golden Lion Hotel (Newport)


South East

Cae Court Hotel (Bridgend)

Twelve Knights (Port Talbot)

Victoria Inn (Cowbridge)

New Farm (Barry)

The Country Man Inn (Llantrisant)

West Usk Lighthouse (Newport)

Court Colman Manor (Court Colman)

Prince Of Wales Inn (Tredegar)

The Mount Pleasant Inn (Merthyr Tydfil)

The California Hotel (Brynteg)


Gastro Pub of the Year


The Gaerwen Arms (Anglesey)

Penrhyn Old Hall (Llandudno)

Torrent Walk Hotel (Dolgellau)

Fox and Grapes    (Hawarden)

Y Bedol Bar and Bistro (Conwy)

The Bull  (Beaumaris)

The Cottage Loaf (Llandudno)

The Toad (Colwyn Bay)

The Old White House (Conwy)

The Fat Boar (Wrexham)

Norbar (Barmouth)

The Last Inn (Barmouth)



Tafarn y Mae (Aberystwyth)

Raven Inn (Welshpool)

Herbert Arms (Montgomery)

The Black Boy (Newtown)

The Garthangharad (Llwyngwril)

The Ysgethin Inn (Talybont)

Gwystre Country Inn (Llandrindod Wells)

The Bell Country Inn (Llandrindod Wells)


South West

Welcome Country Pub and Kitchen (Llanrhidian)

The Plough and Harrow (Swansea)

The Brewery Inn (Cosheston)

Penycae Inn Ltd   (Swansea)

The West Cross Inn (Swansea)

The Brewery Inn (Pembroke Dock)

The Cove (Tenby)

Hope & Anchor (Tenby)

Horse & Jockey    (Milford Haven)

Sloop Inn (Haverfordwest)


South East

Cefn Mably Penarth (Penarth)

The Fox and Hounds Pub (Llancarfan)

The Greyhound Inn (Newport)

The Captains Wife (Penarth)

Cefn Mably Arms (Cardiff)

Ruperra Arms (Newport)

The Castell Mynach (Pontyclun)

Red Kite (Caerphilly)

The Old Cottage   (Cardiff)

Maenllwyd Inn (Caerphilly)



Best Cocktail Bar

Knightly’s Bar (Towyn)

Sinatra’s (Llandudno)

Prohibition Cocktail Bar (Swansea)

Old Havana Cuban Bar & Restaurant (Swansea)

The Dead Canary (Cardiff)

Voodoo Moon (Wrexham)

The Plough Inn     (Saint Asaph)

Lab 22 (Cardiff)

The Alchemist Cardiff (Cardiff)

The Bootlegger (Cardiff)


Wine Bar of the Year

Rummers Wine Bar (Aberystwyth)

No Sign Wine Bar (Swansea)

Prohibition Wine & Champagne Lounge (Conwy)

Monusk Tapas & Wine Bar (Newport)

Dragons Wine Bar (Cardigan)

Snooze Wine Bar (Llandudno)

Los Reyes Tapas & Wine Bar (Newport)

The Riverside Wine Bar (Chepstow)

Briggs Wine Bar (Colwyn Bay)

Gwin Dylanwad Wine (Dolgellau)


Beer Garden of the Year

The Eli Jenkins (Cardiff)

Morton Arms (Towyn)

Pen & Wig (Cardiff)

The Blue Bell (Conwy)

The Romilly (Cardiff)

The Bridge Inn (Abergavenny)

The Cross Keys Pub (Swansea)

Ty Mawr (Cardiff)

The Black Lion (New Quay)

The Buccaneer Inn (Tenby)


Pet Friendly Venue of the Year

The Irish Bar (Llandudno)

Fairy Falls Hotel (Trefriw)

Sun Trevor (Llangollen)

Kings Head Inn (Swansea)

The Black Cock Inn (Caerphilly)

The Bush Inn (Cwmbran)

The Queen Victoria (Llandudno)

Prince of Wales (Aberaeron)

The Harp Inn (Abergele)

Druid Inn (Mold)


Country Pub of the Year

Foelas Arms (Pentrefoelas)

Harbour Inn (Solva)

The Prices Arms (Neath)

Poundffald Inn (Swansea)

The Alyn Riverside Country Pub (Wrexham)

The Bush Inn (Cwmbran)

The Hand at Llanarmon  (Llangollen)

Tafarn Sinc (Clynderwen)

The Rock Pub & B&B (Gwent)

Groes Wen Inn (Caldicot)


Family Friendly Venue of the Year

The Prices Arms (Neath)

Morton Arms (Towyn)

Harvester Pontypool (Pontypool)

The Rake and Riddle (Swansea)

Starling Cloud (Aberystwyth)

The Brondanw Arms (Penrhyndeudraeth)

Foelas Arms (Pentrefoelas)

The White Lion Inn (Colwyn Bay)

The Prince Llewelyn (Builth Wells)

Rose & Crown (Goodwick)


Sports Bar of the Year

Cues Sports and Entertainment Bar (Towyn)

Club 147 (Llandudno)

Scrum Half Sports Bar (Newport)

Sunny’s Bar & Pub Grub     (Towyn)

Shooters Sports Bar (Neath)

The Wingfield Hotel & Sports Bar (Caerphilly)

Pitchers Sports Bar & Grill (Chepstow)

Minstrels Sports Bar (Newport)

Beaufort Sport & Leisure Bar (Ebbw Vale)

Legends Club (Cardiff)


Irish Pub of the Year

The Irish Bar (Llandudno)

O’Neill’s St Mary Street (Cardiff)

The Kinsale Irish Pub (Swansea)

O’Gradys Irish Bar (Rhyl)

Twisted Shamrock (Tenby)   (Bangor)

Shamrocks (Fishguard)

Jack Russell’s Irish Bar & Kitchen (Cardiff)

Holly Bush Inn (Cefn-Mawr)


Karaoke Venue of the Year

Kiwi’s (Cardiff)

Bambu Beach Bar (Swansea)

Clive Arms (Cardiff)

The Borough (Cardiff)

The Canton Cross Vaults (Cardiff)

Robin Hood (Cardiff)

Coyote Ugly Saloon (Swansea)

The Builders Arms (Swansea)

Cross Foxes (Wrexham)

Barcode (Barry)


Team of the Year

Aubrey Arms (Bonvilston)

The Crafty Fox Pub (Old Colwyn)

The Bridge (Llangennech)

The Ferry Inn (Cardigans)

The Penrhyn Arms (Penrhyn-Side)

Cues Sports and Entertainment Bar (Towyn)

The Cross Keys Inn (Llandudno)

The Hardwick (Abergavenny)

The Friendly Fox (Newport)

Black Lion Hotel (New Quay)


Live Music Venue of the Year

Bank of Conwy (Conwy)

Clwb Ifor Bach (Cardiff)

Fuel Rock Club (Cardiff)

The Sun Inn (Llangollen)

Three Mariners Inn (Tenby)

The Dolls House   (Abertillery)

Swansea Jazzland (Swansea)

The Cellar Bar (Cardigan)

The Masons Arms (Llanelli)

Cafe Jazz (Cardiff)


Best of Cardiff

The Gwaelod-y-Garth Inn (Cardiff)

The Cambrian Tap (Cardiff)

City Arms (Cardiff)

The Lansdowne Pub (Cardiff)

Tiny Rebel (Cardiff)

Old Arcade (Cardiff)

Hopbunker (Cardiff)

Claude (Cardiff)

Duke of Wellington (Cardiff)

Owain Glyndwr (Cardiff)


Best of Swansea

The Pilot of Mumbles

Pump House

The Brunswick Arms

Uplands Tavern

The Westbourne

The Bank Statement


Zinco Lounge

The White Rose

Park Inn


Best of Wrexham


Nags Head


The Acton Park

The North & South Wales Bank

The Elihu Yale

Fairfield Tavern

The Welch Fusilier

Railway Inn Rhosddu

Crown Wrexham


Best of South Wales

Ye Olde Murenger House (Newport)

The Pelican In Her Piety (Bridgend)

The Travellers Rest (Caerphilly)

Lord Nelson Inn (Treharris)

The George Inn (Mountain Ash)

The White Horse Freehouse (Merthyr Tydfil)

The Felin Fach Griffin (Brecon)

The Brit Pub (Port Talbot)

Black Lion Hotel (New Quay)

Cardiff Cottage (Cardiff)


Best of North Wales

The Park (Colwyn Bay)

The King’s Arms  (Llandudno)

Maelgwyn (Llandudno)

The Seagull (Towyn)

The Bodfor (Rhyl)

Tapps (Llandudno)

Cob and Pen (Rhyl)

Glasfryn (Mold)

The Cross Keys Inn (Llandudno)

The White Eagle (Holyhead)


Gin Bar of the Year

Gin and Juice (Cardiff)

The Gin Tin Bar (South Wales)

MAISIES Gin Bar & Restaurant (Swansea)

Gin 64 (Penarth)

Trattoria Restaurant & Gin Bar (Pontyclun)

The Pod (Newport)

CFeleven Hotel & Gin Bar (Cardiff)

Juniper Place (Swansea)

Bar 10 (Tenby)

The Bootlegger (Cardiff)


Student Bar of the Year

The Academy (Aberystwyth)

University of South Wales Students’ Union (Pontypridd)

JC’s Bar   (Swansea)

WOW Bar (Cardiff)

Revolution Cardiff (Cardiff)

The Woodville (Cardiff)

The Live Lounge (Cardiff)

Bar Uno  (Bangor)

Porter’s Cardiff (Cardiff)

Why Not Bar & Lounge (Aberystwyth)


Best Food Establishment

The Gaerwen Arms (Anglesey)

The Lion Hotel (Blaenavon)

The Bridge (Llangennech)

Indulge Restaurant (Tal Y Bont)

Martha’s Vineyard (Milford Haven)

The Stackpole Inn (Stackpole)

Lot 11 Cafe and Hideout     (Wrexham)

Y Gegin   (Pembroke Dock)

Butterflies Bar & Kitchen (Pontypool)

HARBWR Bar & Kitchen (Saundersfoot)


Microbrewery of the Year

Dovecote Brewery (Denbigh)

Bluestone Brewing Company (Newport)

Conwy Brewery Ltd (Colwyn Bay)

Pipes (Cardiff)

Heart of Wales Brewery (Llanwrtyd Wells)

Untapped Brewing Company (Usk)

Wild Horse Brewing C (Llandudno)

Rhymney Brewery (Pontypool)

Bang On Brewery (Bridgend)

Mantle Brewery   (Cardigan)


Hotel Bar of the Year

The New Alexandra Hotel (Llandudno)

The Menai Hotel & Bar (Bangor)

Harry’s Hotel, Bar & Bistro (Aberystwyth)

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa (Powys)

The Celtic Manor Resort (Newport)

NosDa Hostel & Bar (Cardiff)

Tyn-Y-Coed Hotel & Bar (Betws-y-Coed)

The Castle Hotel (Llandovery)

The Beach Motel & Driftwood Restaurant/Bar (Holyhead)

Harbourmaster Hotel (Aberaeron)


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