Cardiff nightspots

Our guide to the best nightlife in Cardiff

Bars in Cardiff

Cardiff’s bar scene has tons of unique places to grab a delicious drink. It’s very cocktail-focused, with some seriously talented mixologists making Cardiff their home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a nice cold pint - there’s plenty of that too.

Be At One

If you haven’t visited aBe At Onechain before you’ll be spoilt for choice with the neverending list of tasty cocktails whether you prefer vodka, rum, whisky or something else entirely. From sweet to sour, floral to spicy, there’s something for everyone. The lively atmosphere makes it a top late-night destination with its neon lights, vibrant decor and exposed brick walls.

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martiniis a sophisticated cocktail bar chain bringing its sleek and glamorous interiors, Welsh artwork and bespoke cocktails to Cardiff. There’s an extensive list of drinks, including tons of different martinis, with unique flavour combinations like Spring Peach & Hibiscus and Blood Orange & Vanilla that are well worth a try if you’re looking for something a little different.

Lab 22

Lab 22has a daring attitude to mixology as an experimental cocktail bar. Unique light fixtures, sleek interiors and a custom-made periodic table create a unique lab theme, but it’s the flavourful cocktails themselves that are the real chemistry. Even the presentation and glassware are artistically chosen add to the experience. Try drinks like the Claro-Colada which is Koko Kanu, citric acid, pineapple foam and pina-colada sherbet.

Tiny Rebel

Tiny Rebelis a brick-walled bar that specialises in burgers and craft beer. Inside, it combines industrial style interiors with a cosy pub atmosphere, with comfy armchairs and caged light bulbs. There are tons of creative beer options on the menu including many of their own brews like ‘Stay Puft’ a Ghostbusters-inspired marshmallow porter and ‘Clwb Tropicana’, an American pale ale.

Clubbing in Cardiff

Cardiff has all your favourite clubbing destinations with the talented DJs, themed club nights and killer atmosphere you’d expect. But there’s also a couple of fantastic independent venues where you can dance the night away for something a little different.


Sodadescribes itself as an escape from the ‘corporate chains’ of the city with its independent vibe. It’s a stylish yet somehow intimate 3-floor party venue perfect for clubbing, chilling out or just grabbing a couple of drinks. Most nights Soda hosts different club nights with renowned DJs playing everything from house and electro to R&B and floor-fillers.

Ten Mill Lane

Ten Mill Laneis a classy yet friendly underground cocktail bar with an awesome #YouAreWelcome motto. Inspired by easy listening music, it’s a super chilled place to try their handmade cocktails, with syrups, bitters and dry fruit made daily. There’s even a nostalgia-themed menu with drinks like ‘I’ll Be There For You’ and ‘Who Loves Orange Soda?’