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Urban Tap House, Cardiff

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The Tiny Rebel was our final stop in Cardiff on Wednesday afternoon before heading to the station. We had high hopes and had saved it until last. But, to be honest, I was very disappointed. The décor is very shabby chic and works quite well. But, what disappointed me most was the ale selection. Tiny Rebel beers were Hank, Dutty, Juicy & Lush. Guests were Pomona Island APA, Hop Shed Frizzle & Bristol Beer Factory Independence & Boca 45. There was not a dark beer in sight. With lots of cans and bottles in the fridges, the only dark beer was a £7 imperial stout, which I decided was too extravagant for the journey home. Ciders were Tiny Rebel Protaropia & Snail's Bank Orchard Dry. Nice staff and nice drinking environment. But, I agree with previous reviewers that the City Arms, just across the alley, is the better option.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Mar 2019 22:27
Its not the most comfortable pub. I was lucky that the first beer I chose was nice clear and very drinkable. The wife went through four beers that were much less so. This recent trend for unfiltered beers means that half the beers are cloudy because they are supposed to be. But it does seem to be an excuse to serve other beers in poor condition. It was chucking it down outside and we had a seat so we stayed longer than we would have done in finer weather. We won't be going back.
GazzaTheBeerMan - 19 Dec 2018 16:38
A week away (Monday Afternoon).

Just across the road from the City Arms, ok but not really my cup of tea (or pint) as prefer traditional established beers. Usual range of Tiny Rebel beers plus guests.

OK, but would stay the other side of the road out of choice.
ellisref - 9 Jun 2018 13:24
As zeitgeisty as they come as a purveyor of Tiny Rebel's wares - very much a brewery on the rise and multi-ward winning. Cardiff needs it too as there is a real proliferation of awful borderline nasty chain pubs in the city centre. Fubar and a 'tropical' beer both went down very well and the building is also stunning.
BoehmBawerk - 23 Jun 2017 10:50
With Tiny Rebel being my current favourite UK based brewery I had to stop at their city centre outlet while I was in Cardiff for football.

7 ales and 3 ciders on cask & a further 10 ales and 1 cider on keg. Out of all of these 11 were from Tiny Rebel, add to this a large bottle selection from across the UK and you can immediately appreciate why this open plan tap house is so popular.

5.15pm when I arrived here and I managed to bag myself a stool at the bar. I’m unsure what type of drinking / clubbing establishment this place used to be but it’s been put into good use by Tiny Rebel. It’s trendy with a bohemian feel, the downstairs bar area is like a warehouse with exposed pumps and an aluminium floor, while the other room near the staircase is much more retro and has a completely different feel to it.

Loads of bar staff (in excess of a dozen) kept the drinks flowing while music played and the place filled up with a late afternoon / pre night crowd.

My cask and keg choices were Boho @ 5.0%, Fubar @ 4.4%, Straight Outta Sherwood @ 4.0% & Cali @ 5.6%, all of them perfectly kept and served, with Cali being the standout.

Even after my first visit I have decided that I love this place, the ales, the atmosphere, the chatter & banter it’s a very good place to kill a couple of hours.

Scores highly in my book.
lezford - 15 Feb 2016 16:30
The least cosy pub I’ve been to in Britain, the only one which is even drearier is the BrewDog bar just down the street. Had a miserable Liverpool Organic ale, served far too warm and without any carbonation. Their only force is the fairly wide selection, which should give you a few ticks if you can stand the miserable interior.
Sigmund - 14 Jun 2015 20:10
I was very disappointed with the lack of bath and sink taps in this pub. It's false advertising. The only thing they sold was beer and cider! That said, it's some of the best beer and cider you'll find and Tiny Rebel brewery are pretty special. I came out of here 4 and a half hours later absolutely clattered on craft beer yet with no taps to show for my time. I will be returning very soon to see if they have improved their range of bathroom and kitchenware.
magicbarninja - 13 Mar 2015 12:22
Mainly dark beers on, which is a change. That said, there was one proper copper coloured, bitter not citric, beer on and very pleasant. Staff friendly, very well briefed on the beers. Worth a trip.
TonyMitch - 9 Dec 2014 23:34
Beers from Tiny Rebel (Hank a hoppy light bitter and a Smoked Oat Stout) very good. A large range of guest beers from around the country. Friendly knowledgeable staff. The food was a bit mixed. Welsh burger very good but fish burger lacked much fish. Best of the 4 city centre pubs on a brief visit.
Rocky53 - 13 May 2014 09:05
Excellent new bar, busy, with friendly staff, excellent range of local real ales. It's in the old County Council Club building, and handily placed for a crawl around the real ale pubs in town - it's opposite the City Arms and just around the corner from the Goat Major, City Arms and Cottage,
waliser - 3 Feb 2014 13:34

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