Swansea is home to lots of bars and clubs, offering a range of options for those looking for a night out on a budget. But it can be difficult to know which bars are the cheapest, and avoid those that will leave you with more problems than a hangover. Luckily, we’ve made a list of cheap and affordable bars in Swansea where you can find drinks at good prices, and even a bit of entertainment as well!

Crosskeys

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Crosskeys is a pub right in the city centre of Swansea, making it a popular bar amongst locals and students. It’s one of Wales’ oldest pubs, dating back to the 1300s!  It’s kept its charm as the building is pretty old-fashioned, but inside is warm and comfortable, and obviously the prices are great. They have different  events too such as rock nights and bingo, so you don’t even need to go anywhere else.

Address: 12 St Mary Street, Swansea, United Kingdom

Wetherspoons

10 cheapest bars in Swansea
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Wetherspoons pubs and bars are always popular with students since they’re always so cheap. Swansea has two Wetherspoon pubs around a five minute walk away from each other, so you even have a choice! The first one is Potters Wheel, which isn’t in the city centre but is right next to a club. It’s pretty small but cosy, and there are always a few locals in there on quieter nights. The other one is Bank Statement, which is in the same place as all of the clubs. This pub is bigger with those dreaded stairs to climb, and sometimes they even play music on a busy weekend night. Whichever Wetherspoons you go to, at least it’s student/budget-friendly as one of the cheap bars in Swansea.

Address: multiple locations

Kon Tiki

10 cheapest bars in Swansea
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Kon Tiki is a cocktail bar in Swansea that has a Hawaiian theme to it. Every Wednesday night, they have a fantastic deal on where they charge £6 for two cocktails! Their cocktails also taste amazing. They sell some classics but also a few of their own as well! If you’re looking for cheap cocktail bars in Swansea, then this place is definitely one to try out! It’s also a nice, affordable place to go if you want to dress up too – it might look a bit weird getting glammed up for the pub.

Address: 11A Strand, Swansea SA1 2AE

Wig and Pen

10 cheapest bars in Swansea
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The Wig and Pen is a popular bar amongst some sports societies in Swansea, and that’s because their prices are pretty good. Although it’s not in the city centre, it’s a good place to start the night, or just have a chill drink if that’s what you want. Sometimes they have live music on, and there’s always a sports match playing on the TVs.

Address: 134-136 St Helen’s Rd, Swansea SA1 4BL

The Griffin

10 cheap bars in Swansea
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The Griffin is right next to all of the nightclubs, so as you can imagine, it gets pretty busy on the weekends. The drinks are a good price, and they even sell classic pub grub if you’re starting your night out early. The inside is pretty spacious, so there’s always room at the bar to order a drink! You can also sign up if you’re a student and get some vouchers for discounts on food and drinks. This really makes it a cheap bar in Swansea, whether you’re drinking or dining.

Address: Wind St, Swansea SA1 1DW

Hogarth’s

10 cheapest bars in Swansea
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Hogarth’s is a cheap, stylish looking pub/cocktail bar right in the city centre of Swansea. They have loads of booths and TVs that show sports matches, and a huge selection of gins to choose from! You can see all the gins and cocktails they do on their website! They also host karaoke occasionally, so it’s a definitely a fun place to have a drink or two. Most special drink offers at bars happen during the week, but Hogarth’s has a great discount on Friday evenings 6-10pm. You can get two selected cocktails for £12, which is much cheaper than other places you might try on a Friday night.

Address: 2-3 St Mary St, Swansea SA1 3LH

Jack Murphy’s

10 cheapest bars in Swansea
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Jack Murphy’s is one of Swansea’s most popular affordable bars, especially since it turns into a nightclub during the night! It’s open all day from 12pm, and shuts at various times in the night depending on the day. Everyone always goes to Jacks for their cheap Jägerbombs, and some nights you can even get them for a £1 each! It’s definitely up there for student nights out in Swansea as one of the cheapest bars around.

Address: 5 Wind St, Swansea SA1

Copper

10 cheapest bars in Swansea
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Copper is one of Swansea’s more relaxed bars, as it isn’t open all night and definitely doesn’t turn into a club. Most seats are sofas and there’s always music playing in the back. Downstairs there is even a games room with a table tennis table, pool table, and a few consoles! They also have the cutest dog, which is obviously the main reason you should go visit. It’s a totally different vibe, but still offers a great night out in Swansea – as well as cheap drinks.

Address: 38-39 Castle St, Swansea SA1 1HZ

The Jam Jar

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The Jam Jar is Swansea’s newest bar, as it only opened in 2021! Recently they’ve become more popular so obviously, it had to make the list. Swansea University students love going there, so you know it’s definitely a cheap bar in the city. They have some deals on like 2 cocktails for £12 on Mondays, and also a big variety of other events. They host pub quizzes, open mic nights, live music events and even comedy nights! It’s a great place to go have a drink and have some fun as well.

Address: 218 High St, Swansea SA1 1PE

Social Dice

10 cheapest bars in Swansea
Source: Instagram, @socialdiceuk

Although Social Dice is a board game cafe, they also sell a bunch of cocktails and other alcoholic drinks! They sell cider and beer, and have a wide selection of spirits and cocktails! Although if you don’t feel like drinking, they also sell hot drinks and even mocktails, so it’s a perfect place to go no matter what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for cheap bars in Swansea or somewhere to play a board game, this is the perfect place for you.

Address: 43 Wind St, Swansea SA1 1EF

The Bunk House

10 cheapest bars in Swansea
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The Bunk House is a live music venue and bar in Swansea, so obviously if you want to listen to some music whilst you drink, this is the best place for it! They host a bunch of different bands and artists all the time, so check out their website to see who’s playing! The drinks are cheap and it’s a popular place for students!

Address: 24 Park St, Swansea SA1 3DJ

Swansea may not be a big city, but we definitely have plenty of places to go out and have a drink. Swansea also has lots of cheap and budget-friendly bars – you just have to know where to go! If you’re still looking for ways to save money, read our article on how to get cheap food at university!