Drinking and nightlife in Mid-Wales

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Powys

    Neuadd Arms Hotel

    Like any good village pub, the Neuadd Arms is a focal point for the community. There's an interesting menu (mains £9 to £11), bed-and-breakfast rooms (singles/doubles £44/77) and excellent beers brewed in the stables out back. It's also Llanwrtyd's tourist-information point, with everything you'll need to know about mountain biking, pony trekking or hiking in the area. It was here that former landlord Gordon Green and his punters cooked up many of the kooky events that have put Llanwrtyd Wells on the tourist trail. Today its jumble of bric-a-brac, peeling paint and friendly staff give it the charm of a bygone era long lost in most parts of the country. During winter you might join one of the farmers' dogs on the couch in front of the fire.

  • Nightlife in Powys

    Triangle Inn

    This tiny 16th-century inn, just over the bridge to Cwmdauddwr (the village adjoining Rhayader), is the pick of the local places to drink. It's so small that its toilets are across the road and there's a trapdoor in the floor so darts players don't headbutt the ceiling. A very welcoming place, it serves real ales and hearty pub classics. Food is served noon to 2pm when open, and 6.30pm to 9pm every evening.

  • Nightlife in Powys

    Penbont House

    Delightfully situated on a verdant hillside below the Pen y Garreg dam, these traditional Welsh tearooms are definitely worth a stop when driving in the Elan Valley. Bara brith (a rich, fruit tea-loaf), Welsh cakes, properly brewed tea and light lunches can be taken on the lawn, or in the charming house itself. The B&B accommodation (£70 for a quad or double) is outstanding value.

  • Nightlife in Powys

    Arvon Ale House

    A haven for lovers of real ale and cider, this snug, welcoming little taproom with hop-festooned, baby-blue walls is easily the best house of refreshment in Llandrindod. Contented regulars enjoy folk nights (on the second and fourth Sundays of the month), the sale of local hen and duck eggs, book swaps and locally sourced, frequently rotated tipples.

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    White Horse

    Spacious, simple and welcoming to all comers, the Horse makes the most of its plum crossroads location with its open, modern feel and picture windows for idly watching passersby outside. Relaxed and sport focused during the day, it gets rammed and rowdy on weekend nights.

  • Nightlife in Powys

    Slaters Arms

    A convivial and old-fashioned Welsh village pub, the Slaters does simple pub food (mains £8) and has a range of real ales from craft brewer the Celt Experience.

  • Nightlife in Ceredigion

    Academy

    An incongruous setting for a booze palace, perhaps, but an incredibly beautiful one. This former chapel has Victorian tiles on the floor, a mezzanine supported by slender cast-iron columns, red lights illuminating a wooden staircase leading to an eagle-fronted pulpit and organ pipes behind the bar.

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    Harry's

    Billing itself as hotel, bar and bistro, Harry's comprises a series of rooms wrapped around the central bar, ranging from a large screen-festooned sports bar to a small clubby lounge. The bistro serves up satisfying pastas, grills and other pub staples (£9 to £14).

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    Ship & Castle

    A sympathetic renovation has left this 1830 pub as cosy and welcoming as ever, while adding big screens for watching the rugby. It's the place to come for real ales, with a large, constantly revolving selection on tap, plus a few ciders.