Tuesday, 10 May 2011
14 Wellfield Road, Roath [map]
Whatever word you stick before bar - cafe, sports or, heaven forbid, wine - it always makes it sound less appealing. Especially if, as we perpetually are, you're just after a pint.
But there's always an exception to a rule and, in Juno Lounge, we may well have found it.
For starters, they serve the very pleasant Catalan pilsner Estrella.
Although this does lead us on to a lengthy conversation about the chances of getting mugged while wandering, pissed, along La Rambla in Barcelona (high), and the best course of action should this unfortunate occurrence take place (ensure that you're accompanied by a large professional wrestler who is perfectly happy to punch the assailant upside the head on your behalf).
Bar staff in action.
It's been a while since we've stumbled upon some decent light fittings in a Cardiff drinkery but Juno Lounge more than compensates with its preposterous chandelier/brown tasselled lampshade hybrids.
You don't get those in Ikea.
The downstairs bit. Imagine if that blackboard accidentally fell off the wall and hit someone on the head. It'd definitely kill them.
Something to bear in mind next time you're here and wondering where to sit.
Similar stuff going on upstairs, just with added staring bloke.
There's something a bit discombobulating about a wall full of mismatched mirrors (especially if you've just consumed eight pints of lager).
The roof terrace is made only slightly less appealing by the fact that it attracts the type of bloke (far left) who thinks it's OK to go out in public clad in a white vest and a trilby.