Wednesday, 17 September 2008


4 Wharton Street, Cardiff [map]

Copa may not offer much in the way of atmosphere but it's a dependable option, with its tasteful (if generic) contemporary bar decor, decent selection of booze and quality food.

Drinks-wise, the bar's main thrust is its wide range of beers and lagers, from our preferred summer tipple of draft San Miguel, via Erdinger Weissbier and Leffe (remember: it's pronounced with just the one syllable).

Also worth a try is Liefmans Kriekbier, a deceptively powerful Belgian cherry beer that boasts a deep red hue and - dangerously - barely tastes of alcohol.

Should all that fizzy lager fail to fill you up, this is also a good place to eat. The menu's slightly posh pretensions fortunately aren't reflected in the size of the portions, which err towards the substantial.

If you're on a serious beer mission, this isn't the right place. But for a spot of lunch and a couple of continental pints, this is a sound choice.

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