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Cardiff Nightlife: Best Places to Go

Feb 13, 2024
The nightlife of Cardiff

 Renowned across the UK for its lively nightlife, Cardiff knows how to throw a party. Whether you’re out with friends, celebrating with your partner or enjoying a special occasion with your family, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve picked six of the best nightclubs in Cardiff to give you a head start as you explore the city’s fast-paced nightlife.

1. Clwb Ifor Bach

Best for: Live music

At the forefront of Cardiff’s nightlife, Clwb Ifor Bach (Little Ivory Club) promises first-class live music, delicious cocktails and fun all night long. It was established in 1983 and has hosted international, local and emerging artists, including Coldplay, George Ezra and The Killers. When live music isn’t playing, you can dance the night away on one of the three floors bustling with pop, jive, soul – you name it.

2. Popworld

Best for: Pop music

Think bright neon lights, LED dance floors and tunes to get you grooving all night. Welcome to Popworld! In the heart of the Welsh capital, this vibrant venue offers two-for-one cocktails, live entertainment, and private booths for parties. Join the Reflex Returns party to celebrate big hair and ‘80s music or showcase your singing talents on karaoke night. Either way, fun is guaranteed.

3. The Globe

Best for: Small parties

From the Manic Street Preachers to the Stereophonics, Wales has produced many world-famous bands. The Globe is a former cinema with a capacity of 350 and is known to attract the latest up-and-coming rock bands. Small and friendly, it’s the perfect place to enjoy live music from your favourite artists.

4. Mary’s

Best for: LGBTQ+-friendly entertainment

Regularly ranked among Cardiff’s best nightclubs, Mary’s is a go-to if you’re looking for a fun, laid-back spot. Open seven days a week, this lively LGBTQ+-friendly venue offers delicious cocktails, a wide selection of gins and brilliant live cabaret performances. Whether you are up for some after-work fun or want to join their Sunday night quiz, you won’t be disappointed.

5. The Bootlegger

Best for: Cocktails

A stone’s throw from Cardiff Castle, The Bootlegger is a staple of Cardiff nightlife. With venues in Leeds, Exeter, Brighton and Bristol, it brings unique energy and exciting live performances to the Welsh capital’s night scene. Enjoy swing, blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll in this vibrant spot, complemented by delicious cocktails and friendly staff.

6. Coyote Ugly Saloon

Best for: Dancing

Ready to dance your socks off? Coyote Ugly is hard to beat. Located next door to Cardiff Central Station, this lively venue offers a relaxing atmosphere during the day before stepping up the pace at night. Just like in the movies, bartenders get up on the bar and dance to your favourite tunes. A night here is sure to be remembered!

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