Cardiff After Dark: A Journey Through the 7 best bars and Nightclubs [May 2024]

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    By Max Roi

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is known for its lively bar scene, with a multitude of bars and pubs scattered throughout the city. From traditional pubs serving local ales to trendy cocktail bars and stylish wine bars, there's something for everyone and every tastes. We recommend the popular areas St. Mary Street, Mill Lane, and the Quayside for bar-hopping. Beyond nightclubs and bars, Cardiff has a thriving live music scene, with numerous venues hosting performances by local and touring bands.

The Motorpoint Arena Cardiff is a large venue that hosts big-name artists, while smaller venues like Clwb Ifor Bach, The Globe, and Gwdihw Café Bar offer a platform for emerging talent and alternative music. Here is list of our 7 favourite bars and Nightclubs in Cardiff, Wales.

Clwb Ifor Bach


Party and club at the Clwb Ifor Bach


This place is commonly called "The Weish Club" by most people in Cardiff. The club was named after Ifor Bach, who rebelled against the English rule in the 12th century. It does not have a very fancy structure; but you have the opportunity to listen to music from every genre and watch how live music brings people together. It has a lively ambience and their drinks are quite affordable. When you plan to visit, try to arrive earlier than 11pm because there might be a heavy queue on Womanby street.


Open: Everyday
Venue type: Bar
Music is mainly: Rock/Indie
Expected entrance fee: £5 - £8




Party and club at the PRYZM


PRYZM launched in 12th September 2014 and it has since been offering the people and tourists in south wales a good clubbing experience. At PRYZM, there is always something for you.

It houses 10 bars across 7 rooms. Whatever you are looking for; be it a laugh or a girl's night out, they have you covered with their Jongleurs Comedy Club and three club rooms purposely built to cater to all your music needs.

PRYZM boasts of a modernized sound, lighting rig and two big CO2 jets. Their staff will make your visit worthwhile with their friendly attitude and timely service.


Open: Everyday
Venue type: Nightclub
Music is mainly: Hip Hop, Rock/Indie, Retro and R&B
Expected entrance fee: £4 to £8




Party and club at the Revolution


Premium Spirits, sumptuous meals or the best cocktails; all of these things and more are what you will get at Revolution Cardiff. Another plus to their service is the lively ambience at the club. The club houses two bars, large seating areas and VIP stands. All of these features are designed with style and elegance. The vodka garden right behind it, upstairs is a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine and the beauty of the sun. Clubbers are bound to have a good time from hip-hop and R'n'B to modern music.

Asides from their happy hour deals, there are also packages for cocktail lovers to enjoy its different range of master classes. Guests have the luxury of choosing from their additional party food packages for their special events. It is also available for events like birthday parties, corporate parties and hen dos.


Open: Everyday
Venue type: Bar
Music is mainly: Hip Hop, R&B and Commercial
Expected entrance fee: Free




Party and club at the Metros


If you want to create lasting memories with your friends, then Metros is the perfect place for you. It is welcoming and safe for people with similar tastes who enjoy good music and want to have a good time.

They host three different nights showcasing good music with affordable drink prices in Cardiff.

Wednesdays -Cheapskates: You get to enjoy 20th century pop culture and 21st Century Alternative music.

Fridays -Meltdown: When you can enjoy the latest punk&rock anthems

Saturdays - Lose yourself: You get to enjoy the best of indoor beats, punk treats and pop punk.


Open: Everyday
Venue type: Nightclub
Music is mainly: Hip Hop, Rock/Indie, R&B and Commercial
Expected entrance fee: Free - £4


Tiger Tiger


Party and club at the Tiger Tiger


There are so many rooms you can choose from at Tiger Tiger where you can boogie down and shake your body. You can choose a heaven-like experience or decide to groove on an old-fashioned dance floor filled with jazzy colourful lights or you can get freaky in a cosy booth with your partner or best buddies.


Open: Everyday
Venue type: Nightclub
Music is mainly: Hip Hop, Techno/DnB/House, Rock/Indie, Retro, R&B and Commercial
Expected entrance fee: £3 to £7




Party and club at the Retro


Wonder why Retro is the calling card for most Cardiff locals. It's because you can get to feel good and party hard in a retro style. It is the best place to enjoy a throwback vibe where you can bust out the fresh prince's moves in full force. A fancy dress is the way to go.

It is housed in 3 floors and has 3 bars, a cocktail bar, beautiful seating areas and 2 dance floors. In Retro, you can "party like its 1999", relax and enjoy the alcoholic ambience of one of the hottest venues in Cardiff.


Open: Everyday
Venue type: Nightclub
Music is mainly: Retro
Expected entrance fee: £5+




Party and club at the Soda


At Soda, you can be guaranteed a good time six night a week. It opens late at night around 4am on Fri - Sun. At this time, you will enjoy a lively crowd and really good music with the best DJs on the wheels. Cultural quiz nights, live music, comedy nights and much more are some of the additional things you can enjoy at the club.


Open: Everyday
Venue type: Nightclub
Music is mainly: Hip Hop, Rock/Indie, Retro, R&B and Commercial
Expected entrance fee: Click on ‘Find out more’ to enquire with venue's social media


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