Bar 44 Cardiff

Bars, Spanish, Tapas·
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Bronze Award

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Bronze Award

Founded by Tom and Owen Morgan – Welsh brothers with a love of all things Spanish – this mini chain brings a taste of tapas to Cardiff and beyond (there are outposts in Bristol, Cowbridge and Penarth).

Bar 44 is housed in a former canal warehouse within spitting distance of the Principality Stadium – not that you’d know what’s going on in the outside world once ensconced in one of the four arched brick rooms which feel like a cellar in Jerez.

Menus vary from branch to branch, but each is a snapshot of the siblings’ travels across Spain, with specialities on offer ranging from Carmona olives to Galician beef and San Lucar prawns.

Hand-carved jamón, charcuterie and regional cheeses are the cornerstones, but also expect nibbles to pick at (toasted broad beans, house pickles, salted almonds) plus various toasts: sobrasada Iberica (Mallorcan black pig chorizo) and Catalan rosemary honey on toast, say, or pan con tomate with garlic.

Tapas, naturally, is the house speciality, with eight all-time classics supplemented by a dozen seasonal tapas. From the former, you might go for favourites of Iberico ham croquetas, runny-centred tortilla, cider-poached chorizo or crispy hake with alioli, herbs and capers.

Seasonal small plates, meanwhile, feature a greater choice of vegetable dishes (beetroots with whipped goats’ curd and sherry caramel, carrots with radish and oloroso sherry, pimento-spiced aubergine with pistachio and herb yoghurt) plus a little more creativity in the cooking.

Lamb neck is braised overnight in sherry and served with squash and pochas beans, there’s a burger of confit duck and smoked morcilla (Spanish black pudding) while sea bream cooked on the plancha grill comes with squid ink alioli. There are short vegan and kids’ menus, too.   

Beers, ciders and wines are true to the geographical theme, while the Cardiff branch is the only place of its kind in the UK which pours three different sherries from full-sized barrels behind the bar.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Bars, Spanish, Tapas
Ambience
Cosy, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Situated in the heart of the Welsh capital, this lively tapas and copas bar aims to bring an authentic taste of Spain to Cardiff and beyond.

Bar 44 is the largest site of the 44 brand, a well-established group of eateries with locations in Bristol, Cowbridge, and Penarth. Although each site boasts a unique menu and atmosphere, all aim to retain a sense of Spanish authenticity in their food, drink, and hospitality.

Bar 44 also strives for authenticity in its site and décor. Only a stone’s throw away from Principality Stadium, this former canal warehouse boasts four subterranean rooms with arched brick ceilings reminiscent of traditional tapas bars.

The menu offers a range of quintessential Spanish dishes made with produce sourced both locally and from Spain. To begin, we have a selection of nibbles spearheaded by jamón, charcuterie and regional cheeses, alongside various tostadas, marinated olives, Galician peppers, and salted almonds. The tapas menu covers eight classics, including cider-poached chorizo, triple cooked patatas bravas, and Jamón Ibérico croquetas, accompanied by a dozen seasonal tapas.

Dessert options include chocolate mousse, Valencian orange and almond cake, mixed chocolate hazelnut truffles, and a variety of ice cream and sorbets. There are also vegan and gluten-free menus, as well as a children’s’ menu for only £4.50.

Bar 44 boasts a wide range of drinks and is the only UK venue which offers three different sherries poured from full sized barrels behind the bar.

Bar 44 also offers its own book, written by co-founders Tom and Owen Morgan. Entitled 'Bar 44 Tapas and Copas: This Is Our Spain', the book blends Spanish food and drink recipes with stories of the brothers’ travels around the country.

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Location

15-23 Westgate Street, Cardiff , Cardiff, CF10 1DD

03333 444 049 03333 444 049

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 11:30-23:00
Tue 11:30-23:00
Wed 11:30-23:00
Thu 11:30-23:00
Fri 11:30-00:00
Sat 11:30-00:00
Sun 11:30-23:00

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