Snowdonia & the Llŷn drinking and nightlife

Pub in Barmouth (Abermaw)

Last Inn

In a 15th-century cobbler's home now lives Barmouth's most characterful pub, full of inglenooks, old ship timber and other eclectic nautical memorabilia. Unusually, the hillside forms the rear wall, with a spring em…
Wine Bar in Dolgellau

Dylanwad Da

The eponymous Dylan Rowlands knows how to pair tasty little plates with wine, and demonstrates this ably here, in Dolgellau's best wine bar. Cheeses, serrano ham and other small plates are still available. But – as …
Pub in Llangollen

Bridge End Inn

In 2012 this unassuming little place became the first Welsh pub to win the coveted Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) pub-of-the-year award. Run by the McGivern family, it's home to the McGivern microbrewery and also sho…
Pub in Betws-y-Coed

Stables Bar

Attached to the grander Royal Oak, and doing a roaring trade in lasagne, curries and pints for weary walkers, the Stables (Y Stablau) is the only pub per se in Betwys. It's a long, low-ceilinged, tile-floored barn o…
Pub in Abersoch

The Vaynol

The local pub has been given a Hamptons-style, bleached-wood makeover. Don't despair: it still plays sports on big TVs and welcomes dogs, only now it has a better range of craft beers to enjoy on the terrace, Aberos…
Pub in Dolgellau

Torrent Walk

Real ales, real ciders and plenty of locals catching up under the low, twisted roof-beams of this 18th-century pub in the narrow-laned heart of Dol. Plenty of walkers, too, in season.
Bar in Abersoch

Zinc Bar & Grill

Zinc Bar is good for both a post-surf cocktail or a lunchtime burger. Its riverside deck can be one of the nicest places in town for a sundowner, when the weather's right.
Bar in Pwllheli


Venu is something new in Pwllheli, a bar-club-restaurant that has a VIP area with private booths, for those who want to play at being Jay-Z for the night. The caryatids by the dance floor might be taking things a to…