When it comes to pub crawls, Swansea is one of the UK’s best locations. Here you have several choices of places to go drinking, from the notorious Wind Street to the spectacular Mumbles Mile.
We’ve already covered a complete guide to Wind Street which can be found here.
Now, we’re delighted to bring to you the ‘Mumbles Mile’. Here are six reasons you need to try it:
#1 – You’ll Find Plenty of Pubs
Back in the day, the Mumbles Mile used to have over 20 pubs en route. Now, however this figure has dropped down into single figures. But don’t let that put you off – there are still a number of delightful drinkeries to whet your whistle in.
What’s more, with fewer pubs, it makes the crawl much more achievable and less time consuming, but still incorporating the best drinking establishments in Swansea. The nine pubs in the Mumbles Mile include:
- The White Rose – a 150-year old pub situated at the start of the Mile
- The Park Inn – a charming old-school location with awesome local brews
- The Victoria Inn – a back-street bar that often has live bands
- The Village Inn – a traditional joint with probably the area’s best Sunday lunch
- The William Hancock – a corner pub off the seafront with pool tables and darts available
- Mumbles Rugby Club – a friendly clubhouse for rugby lovers that welcomes non members
- The George – a modern Brains drinkery with good wine selections
- The West Cross Inn – a restaurant with a scenic beer garden for alfresco drinking
- The Pilot – CAMRA Wales’ pub of the year with classy craft ales, fine wines and a warm welcome
- The Linden Tree – A Sizzling pub with good drinks deals
- The Woodman – a charming seafront pub situated a few more minutes along Mumbles Road
What’s more, after a spate of recent closures, things are turning around for the Mumbles Mile. After a 10-year absence, Dylan Thomas’ favourite Mumbles bar The Antelope is set to be reinvigorated as a wine bar in a £250,000 face lift.
#2 – You’ll Take in Some Stunning Scenery
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The Mumbles is notorious for its spectacular scenery, and this is something that is very present in the pub crawl. Many of these pubs are found on the seafront and provide sweeping views of the gorgeous Welsh coast.
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These settings alone make doing the Mumbles Mile an ideal activity for a leisurely, sunny summer’s day, as you can bask in the warm sun and enjoy a crisp, cool pint.
Thanks to the diversity of the pubs that are frequented along this journey, you will be greeted with a great selection of different beers, ciders and wines. With choice ranging from local breweries to well-known brands you’ll be able to sample beverages you’ve never even heard of before.
And if you’re on the Mile, you simply have to take a tipple of Mumbles Brewery’s dedicated bitter.
It is this wide selection that has made the Mumbles Mile a huge success for drinkers across the UK.
#4 – You’ll Mimic the Movies
Welsh people everywhere remember Swansea for being featured in the Cymru classic film, Twin Towns. This film walks through some of the most landmarked areas of Swansea, allowing you to recognise these movie spots in real life as you ramble from one pub to the next.
#5 – You’ll Find it Super for Stags & Hilarious for Hens
Among the most common visitors of the Mumbles Mile are stag and hen parties, as the close proximity of these pubs allows the party to enjoy several venues without anyone getting too lost!
Most of these venues offer incentives, such as room rental, set menus and free drinks for the stag or hen. If you’re planning a bachelor do then the Mumbles Mile could be a perfect destination.
#6 – You’ll Not Spend Much Time on Your Feet
The clue’s in the name. Because the Mumbles Mile is just 1760 yards of glory, it’s much easier on your feet. This is perfect if you’re sporting heels or simply don’t like walking long distances just to get to the next drink – allowing for a nice idle stride between establishments.
Talk to us About Staying in Swansea
Thinking about taking on the Mumbles Mile? Why don’t you book your stay at the Dragon Hotel and finish the night in the luxurious comfort that we have to offer? We’re just a short taxi ride away from the end of the pub crawl!
(Header image: Clare Wiles)