Choice is one thing that will never be a problem when you are searching for something to do on a night out in Cardiff. The Welsh capital has around 350 bars and pubs within its boundaries, which makes for a lively and varied nightlife. Visitors and locals alike can choose from live music venues playing up-and-coming and big name bands, cozy pubs, and an assortment of bars and clubs. The question is, what do you want from Cardiff nightlife?
Live Music Venues
Look for a music venue in Cardiff, and it would be hard to miss the Millennium Stadium, a venue that has played host to some of the biggest names in rock and pop music. Size doesn’t always matter though, as you’ll find a good choice of live music concerts in the event schedule at the Motorpoint Arena in Mary Ann Street as well. The Osmonds, Jools Holland, Il Divo, and the Xfactor tour will all have graced the arena stage in 2012. Although St Davids Hall in the heart of the city, also offers pop and rock music, unlike its larger counterparts it also offers a regular program of jazz, folk rhythm and blues and world music. It’s also the place where you’ll find the Welsh Proms and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Elsewhere you’ll find an alternative club night for rock and metal fans at Bogiez in Kingsway, a variety of live music all week long at the renowned Live Lounge, and several branches of O’Neills offering up live music in St Mary Street, and Trinity Street. Both Callaghans, Tafarn @ Nosda are close to the Millennium Stadium, and there’s also community based Cardiff Arts Institute and a venue called Buffalo. Food, drink, and live music, what more could you ask for?
Nightclubs and Bars
Cardiff’s clubs and bars are known for being lively and varied. DJ’s play out a vast array of music, from R’n’B to House, Dance, and many other genres in-between. There are gay clubs, stylish independent bars, chain venues, and themed establishments. St Mary Street is one of the main places to go for clubs and bars, including some so-called ‘super clubs’, while large popular venues can also be found in the Greyfriars Road area. Looking for some examples? Well there’s Retro, a 3 floor 2 dance floor venue, playing all the best 90’s tunes. Located in the ‘café quarter’ it’s ideally located for pre-clubbing restaurants, and you’ll find Cardiff’s main music venues close by. Elsewhere you’ll find a pub and nightclub all in one called The Philharmonic in St Mary Street, and Vodka Revolution in Castle Street, which as its name suggests, is a good place to find premium and homemade Vodka. There’s a place for cocktail drinkers, somewhere to take the family for a meal, or somewhere to hold a business meeting. Cardiff has it all when it comes to nightlife.