PORTER’S - WINNER of the Inaugural CARDIFF LIFE AWARDS 2014 & voted a national runner-up and number one in Wales in The Observer’s "best place to drink" category 2013 & 2014 - is Cardiff’s ‘Hidden Gem’. An ugly and often over-used phrase but, genuinely, nobody's ever heard of us. It is owned by egotistical but friendly former/failed actor Dan Porter and situated by the Motorpoint Arena in the heart of Wales' capital city.


When you find us, you will find a warm welcome, a great atmosphere and superb entertainment. We programme everything. Live music, Theatre, Comedy. You name it, we've probably got it somewhere at Porter's. And if we don't have it, we want it; Porter's is about you. Dan Porter used to be an actor, but then he opened this bar, and if you drop in he'll welcome you with open arms. We have a stage in the main bar where our bands/comedians/performers do their thing. It also serves as a space for Dan to make a spectacle of himself late on a Saturday night, but that really has to be seen to be believed.

We’re open from 5pm 'til late on Monday to Thursday

4pm 'til late Friday

Noon 'til late on Saturday

and 5pm 'til late on Sunday

We serve lagers, bottled ales, world beers, spirits, wines, soft drinks, waterloo teas, coffees, pizza, Dan's Nan's famous coleslaw and other tasty treats - it isn't just our stage that has variety. So, come on down; whether it's a Thurday afternoon chill out or a Saturday evening knee's up, we can't wait to see you at Porter's.

Good People. Good Times.

Tuesday is Open Mic.

Wednesday is an ever changing roster of Comedy Den/Bandaoke/Boxfull and more - check events listings for the latest news.

Thursday we make up as we go along.

Friday? Well, it's just Friday at Porter's. Warm down from the week and warm up for the weekend. We'll provide the entertainment, you provide the company.

Saturday means 'Porter's Knees Up' - come down and kick your weekend up a gear. We put on some great live acts to get your toes tapping and your hips moving, so get yourself along and see what the ‘fuss’ is about.

'Come Down Sundays' are proof that God exists and that he took Sunday off - watch two free films in the bar. Play some board games. Listen to some of our vinyl. Hair of the dog is up to you but waiting for our weekly Quiz, hosted by our very own Ben Cooper, is highly recommended.


Dan is a strong believer in treating people how you would want to be treated, so come down and let us look after you.



  • "Great selection of beers from around the world, the manager really knew his stuff and was happy to chat and answer any questions about the beers they sold, top bloke…"

  • "This has to be the best bar in Europe. What makes it really great as opposed to just good is undefinable and to experience that you'll just have to go yourself. Now. You won't be disappointed."

  • "First pleasant surprise was the welcoming and friendly door-man. Helpful bar staff. Good music that didn't make conversation a struggle. Great outside seating area where we spent several hours relaxing.