Drinking and nightlife in Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Swansea (Abertawe)

    No Sign Bar

    Once frequented by Dylan Thomas (it appears as the Wine Vaults in his story 'The Followers'), the No Sign stands out as the only vaguely traditional bar left on Wind St. Once a wine merchant's, it's a long, narrow haven of dark-wood panelling, old boys in deep conversation, friendly staff, good pub grub, and great beers on cask and tap. At weekends there's live music downstairs in the 1690s wine vaults.

  • Nightlife in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Prohibition

    Slink down a side lane from Wind St, give a knowing nod to the bouncer lurking in the shadows, enter the corridor, push back the bookcase and enter an illicit world where attractive mixologists dispense charm and first-rate cocktails in equal serves to an appreciative, in-the-know clientele. There's no sign; look for it two doors up from Kon-Tiki bar.

  • Nightlife in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Kon-Tiki

    Hidden down the hill from Wind St, cool Kon-Tiki offers all the requisite elements for a tropical-beach fantasy: faux Polynesian statues, cocktails served in tiki cups, flax matting on the walls and Bob Marley on the stereo. At weekends there's a clubby vibe, a £1 cover charge and DJs, and things sometimes don't wind up until the break of day.

  • Nightlife in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Uplands Tavern

    A former Thomas hang-out, Uplands still serves a quiet daytime pint in the 'Dylan Thomas' snug, and is painted a sober dark green. Come nightfall it turns into a different beast altogether as the hub of the city's live-music scene, attracting a mixed crowd of students and local regulars. Check the Facebook page for upcoming events.

  • Nightlife in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Perch

    Arguably the classiest spot on Swansea's trashiest strip, the Perch swizzles up moreish cocktails and a good selection of wine and boutique beer. Graffiti-style murals and interesting neon art lend it a hip, bohemian edge despite the clientele being anything but.

  • Nightlife in Gower Peninsula (Y Gŵyr)

    Joiners Arms

    Pop into the slate-floored Joiners for a pint from the pub's own on-site microbrewery. A drop of the hoppy Three Cliffs Gold Ale is the one to try. It also does decent pub food.

  • Nightlife in Gower Peninsula (Y Gŵyr)

    King's Head

    The centre of Llangennith's social life is the 16th-century King's Head, which serves real ales – some courtesy of the Gower Brewery in nearby Oldwalls – and home-cooked bar meals, including decent vegetarian choices and unique takes on pub classics, such as the 'Welsh Dragon's Breath' curry (with added leek). It also has an extensive range of gins (87 and counting).

  • Nightlife in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Castle Hotel

    This large, handsome, family run pub has a rambling sequence of low-ceilinged rooms with log fires, along with 15 guest bedrooms and a restaurant. The Red Giraffe shop, selling Welsh blankets and African artefacts, is an unexpected bonus. Plus the local history society has a mini-museum upstairs.

  • Nightlife in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Queen's Hotel

    This old-fashioned corner pub has a polished mahogany and brass bar, Victorian tiles and a range of cask-conditioned beers on tap. Dylan Thomas propped up the bar here when he was a cub reporter around the corner at the South Wales Evening Post.

  • Nightlife in Gower Peninsula (Y Gŵyr)

    Ship Inn

    A large rusty anchor sets an appropriately nautical tone for this appealing local pub, which serves the Gower Brewery's range of real ales.