Cardiffis home to a rich and varied nightlife scene, because after all, the Welsh love to party. With plenty of top places to drink and dance from stylish cocktail bars and craft beer establishments to traditional boozers and super clubs, there’s something for everyone on anight out in Cardiff. After a day of fun sports and outdoor activities, we’ve rounded up some of the city’s best nightlife hotspots for yourstag weekend.
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.
10 Feet Tall
10 Feet Tallis a laid-back restaurant bar and music venue. There are three floors each with unique decor - expect vintage lamps and chandeliers, gilded mirrors and Hollywood-style lights on a backdrop of exposed brickwork. The house DJs spin music for all tastes, and there are live music events playing everything from jazz to drum and bass. The menu includes both classic and modern picks, with tapas dishes available if you get peckish.
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.
Brewhouse Bar & Kitchen
Entertainment comes first atBrewhouse Bar & Kitchen. Split across several levels, the pub is reminiscent of a spacious village hall where everyone comes together under the glass roof for screenings of all the major sporting events, and live music takes centre stage every night. There are posters of musicians, instruments on display and tasty pub grub to fill up on as you relax outside on the terrace.
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 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.
Head over toMissoula, a modern and stylish late-night bar with themed party nights and fun events. Dance the night away to everything from Latino beats to classic pop anthems from talented resident and guest DJs. Line your stomachs with reasonably-priced, freshly made pizzas, burgers and burritos before trying their eclectic range of cocktails, premium spirits and craft lager.
O’Neils St Mary Street
Embrace the Irish spirit atO’Neills, where you’ll be welcomed with quality craic and good times. This large Irish pub is a top choice for getting a few pints in with a big group of mates. Settle in for an afternoon of live sport, as O’Neills shows all the major sporting events, and is host to live music performances each week.
Stylish and modern,Revolutionis a popular late-night party bar chain known for deliciously flamboyant vodka-based cocktails. There are plenty of other drinks to choose from too, including premium spirits, wine and beer alongside comfort food classics. Expect an upbeat playlist of house, electro, funk, soul and commercial tunes to get you on the dancefloor all through the night.
The Dead Canary
Uncover a fire exit with a golden feather and a birdcage hanging above, and you’ve foundThe Dead Canary. Ring the bell, and you’ll be escorted to a 1920s prohibition-themed speakeasy lit entirely by candlelight. With decor inspired by Wales’s industrial heritage, it’s the perfect place to experience the magic of mixology with an extravagant cocktail menu featuring quirky infusions and exotic ingredients.
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.
Popworldis the home of nostalgic, feel-good nights out packed with chart-toppers and cheesy tunes designed to get you dancing on the colourful, lit up dancefloor beneath twirling glitter balls. Be transported back in time to the classic discos of old at this quirky club chain. Get a sugar rush with the deliciously sweet flavours of Popworld’s cocktails with bubblegum flavoured martinis and Sourz shots.
PRYZMis an after-dark hotspot boasting an impressive 10 bars across 7 differently decorated rooms, a state-of-the-art sound system, lighting rig and huge CO2 jets for a vibrant clubbing atmosphere. There are a Comedy Club and 3 clubbing rooms that mean, whatever your taste in music or entertainment, you’ll find a place to dance until the early hours.
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?’
Clubbing legend,Tiger Tigerhas tons of different rooms for the full clubbing experience. Escape to a Tiki island paradise in Kanaloa as you sip on fruity cocktails. Indulge in decadence in the roaring ‘20s-style Blanca Bar or treat yourselves to luxury in the Jewel Bar. For all your favourite throwback tunes, head to Decadia to unleash your inner kid. There are even karaoke pods and a kitchen.