Top 10 Best Bars & Pubs in Newport

It can be hard knowing where to start when you’re in a new city with new places to explore and relax. Whether you’re looking for cocktails, amazing live music, sports, or a good chat, Newport has you covered with its variety of pubs and bars. 

From pubs that have been around for hundreds of years to more familiar brands such as JD Wetherspoons and Las Iguanas in Friars Walk, you are guaranteed to find somewhere you will enjoy in this historical city. 

Here are ten of our favourite pubs and bars in no particular order:

1. Tiny Rebel

It is impossible to think of bars in Newport without thinking about Tiny Rebel. Tiny Rebel has two locations in the city, both of which sell all of the brewery’s own unique and delicious beers which are everything from hoppy to tropical or peach flavoured. 

With one bar sat conveniently on the High Street – only ten minutes from our Newport campus - and another bar attached to the brewery on Wern Industrial Estate, it’s hard to say no to one of its award-winning pints. 

Tiny Rebel is a fantastic place to grab a few pints with your friends – whether you stay for the whole evening or head out for a night of clubbing. With tasty food on offer earlier in the evening, it is hard not to love this modern venue which offers a buzzing atmosphere.

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2. Pen & Wig

In the mood for a more traditional pub? The Pen & Wig is a favourite among locals who enjoy a pint of delicious beer while in the cosy setting of this welcoming boozer. With various drinks on offer, you can also enjoy some tasty pub grub while you’re enjoying an evening at the Stow Hill pub. 

Part of the JW Bassett group, the Pen & Wig is part of the Good Beer Guide for 2023 by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). It’s not the only pub in the city which is owned by the group as JW Bassett also run the much-loved pub The Carpenters on Newport’s High Street. 

Both long-standing watering holes come with friendly staff and regulars, as well as modern beer gardens. The Carpenters even comes with pool tables and table tennis for guests to enjoy.

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3. The Ridgeway

For a modern twist on the traditional gastropub, head over to The Ridgeway bar to enjoy a pint with a warm welcome. This dog friendly bar has a variety of drinks for you to enjoy in a swanky atmosphere. 

The bistro bar on Ridgeway Avenue also offers delicious food if you decide you want to stop for a bite to eat as well as a couple of drinks. This is a must-visit bar if you’re looking to create memories while enjoying a night out in the city.

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4. Le Pub

If you’re looking for something more creative, go to Le Pub to enjoy cutting-edge live music or other live entertainment as you sip on delicious cocktails, craft ales and ciders or even mead. With plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options, this vibrant venue is perfect if you’re after something a little bit different in the heart of the city. 

Operating as a creative hub for Newport, this community-owned not-for-profit space offers a full vegan food menu as well as its incredible variety of drinks. A visit to this High Street venue is perfect to settle in for the evening or as part of a night out at multiple venues. 

Newport’s High Street is packed with different places for you to choose from for your next tipple. Just across the road from Le Pub is Ye Old Murenger House which has been a firm stable of the city’s pub scene for generations. Packed with history and featuring a unique mock-Tudor front, The Murenger is known for its delicious range of beers and ales as well as its warm welcome.

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5. The Cellar Door

For good conversation and great live music, take a trip to The Cellar Door. This unique micropub has no TVs, no games machines and no pool tables or darts as it prides itself on being a distraction-free pub. Based on Clytha Park Road, The Cellar Door offers fantastic live music along with locally produced ciders and real ales. 

After it first opened its doors in November 2017 in a former computer shop, The Cellar Door has been a firm favourite with Newport locals. The locals are always up for a chat at this dog-friendly pub which also offers bottled lager, soft drinks, spirits, wine, and a snack bar.

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6. Potters

A bar which should be on your list of places to visit is Potters pub in the heart of Newport. An award-winning venue for live music, Potters features an amazing rooftop terrace with stunning views of the city to go with its variety of delicious drinks. 

Based on Upper Dock Street, this quirky and original bar blends a modern and urban feeling with a vintage and traditional-pub style while offering a warm welcome and fun atmosphere to guests. From breakfasts to Sunday dinners and afternoon tea, you can also expect a tasty meal as well as live sport from this award-winning watering hole.

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7. Atlantica Bar & Club

Atlantica Bar & Club prides itself on its celebration of diversity, with dedicated LGBTQ+ nights every week as well as great live entertainment and events which champion important topics such as World Aids Day. 

This Market Street bar and club often features talented drag acts and musicians and serves a variety of delicious drinks for all tastes. A champion of inclusivity, it’s the perfect destination if you’re looking for a memorable night in a safe space. Plus, it comes with its own snack bar if you need to refuel while enjoying your evening in the city centre.

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8. McCann's Rock N Ale Bar

If you’re into heavier music and live bands, then McCann’s Rock N Ale Bar is the place to be. This brilliant Newport rock bar regularly hosts live music to go with its varied selection of drinks which includes everything from real Welsh ales to spirits and soft drinks. 

When it doesn’t have live music, the High Street venue plays a selection of rock music as well as live sports during the day for customers. As well as its fantastic atmosphere and warm welcome, you can expect a good party at McCann’s on the weekend. 

Another popular High Street venue that is worth visiting if you’re enjoying a night out in the city is Hogarths gin bar. Only seconds from McCann’s, Hogarths has a lot of gin to choose from as well as different mixers at reasonable prices.

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9. The Pod

Head to The Pod if you’re looking to enjoy your drink in style while glancing out over the river Usk. This modern bar offers a brilliant selection of drinks from organic coffee and craft beers to extravagant cocktails as well as a broad variety of gins and non-alcohol options. 

Along with street food using local produce, the Rodney Road bar is the perfect location to enjoy time with your friends and family in Newport. Looking to host a party? You can book a party pod with your friends to mark the occasion. 

It’s not the only contemporary bar in the area as across the road on Clarence Place is The Riverside Bar, owned by ex-Dragons rugby hooker Paul Young, which shows live sport and offers pool tables and a range of beers. Neither of the bars near the river should be missed.

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10. St Julian Inn

Finally, is a hidden gem which is a bit further out from the centre, but worth it if you’re prepared to travel. St Julian Inn, which sits next to the river Usk on the main road from Newport though Caerleon, has a great range of drinks as well as a warm and friendly atmosphere. 

This Caerleon Road pub offers a balcony, welcoming gardens with views of the river, and delicious food.  The St Julian Inn, which also regularly hosts live music, has won various awards over the year for its traditional and highly hospitable setting.

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There is a lot to explore in Newport, and there’s no better way to see what the city has to offer than checking out all the local favourite drinking spots. There are also options if you want to start in more familiar territory such as at JD Wetherspoons with The Godfrey Morgan on Chepstow Road and the John Wallace Linton at the Cambrian Centre, Vintage Inn’s owned The Dragonfly at Lakeside Drive or SA Brains Pub Hanbury Ale House on Uskside. 

If you’re after something a bit different, it’s also very easy to jump on a train or a bus to Cardiff or Pontypridd to enjoy what they have to offer.