5 of the best watering holes in North Wales Whether you’re sinking a pint of Purple Moose, or sipping a Penderyn, North Wales has some fine bars to prop up. Donald Strachan, co-author Frommer’s England & the Best of Wales gets them in. A The sofa - Osborne House, Llandudno Osborne House, Llandudno by BeefyBrian This stylish boutique hotel, all lavish drapes and flouncy frills, has a lively bar for drinks with a sense of timeless elegance. Head past the large marble slab table and plop yourself down in the middle of the room, taking in a people-watching view from the huge squishy white sofas. This opulent taste of Victoriana, located right on the Promenade, is ideal for a glass of bubbly or a pint of Conwy Brewery’s award-winning Honey Fayre ale. B Bar stool - Albion Ale House, Conwy Real ale drinkers love Conwy. It’s got the walks, the history but, most of all, it’s home to the Albion Ale House – a UK first. This remarkable collaboration between four local breweries – Conwy, Great Orme, Nant & Purple Moose – has created a beautiful, friendly ‘proper pub’ with real ales on tap, great pun grub and a real enthusiasm for craft ales. Let’s raise a glass to that! C Family bar, Cottage Loaf, Llandudno The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno by Garstonian Book a big table at the Cottage Loaf, one of the friendliest pubs in Llandudno, for a great family meal out. The bar stocks the best range of Cask Marque ales in central Llandudno with two house ales, two guest ales and a cask cider. The menu takes in tasty pub classics, such as steak and ale pie, plus more unusual options like cider braised belly of pork, plus kids’ options, ‘natch. D Near the kitchen - Groes Inn, Conwy The Groes Inn, Conwy by davidrobertsphotography This traditional coaching inn, located just outside Conwy, is a real gastro haven. Pull up a chair in the restaurant, sink down on a comfy sofa or, in summer, take your drinks outside. Either way, take a moment to tantalise your tastebuds with the aroma coming from the kitchen. Try the venison pie or one of the daily specials. Look out, too, for a real ale created exclusively by Great Orme Brewery. Ye Olde Bull's Head, Beaumaris Ye Olde Bull's Head, Beaumaris, Anglesey by Visit Wales The historic bar at Beaumaris’ flagship hotel has been a much-loved halt for travellers to Anglesey since long before Charles Dickens dropped in for a glass of ale whilst staying at The Bull in 1859. The cosy ambiance of low ceilings and heavy oak beams, warmed by the roaring fire, remains unchanged from this day with a range of quality cask ales to complement it. For more privacy, head round the corner to the narrow-nook snug. More food & drink in Llandudno Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Unusual Cardiff bar facts Sip a cocktail, sup a pint and enjoy four of Cardiff’s happening pubs and bars. Must do in Llandudno From art to beaches and castles, here's the top things to do in Llandudno and Colwyn Bay. Must do in Conwy From enormous castles to smallest houses, here are the top things to do in Conwy. North Wales' holy places Your guide to discovering some of the special and sacred places across North Wales. Llandudno foodie moments Feeling peckish? Local food champion Denise Baker-McClearn picks her top tasty local treats. Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds.