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Where to go on a night out in Cardiff? 9 amazing places with the best nightlife

Home to some of the UK’s most eccentric clubs and bars, the Cardiff nightlife scene will leave you spoilt for choice when deciding on the best places to visit. Forget waking up to expensive taxi fares or sore, blistering feet, Cardiff’s centrally-located nightlife makes travelling from one bar to the next that little bit easier. Searching for a touch of class at a sophisticated cocktail lounge, or after a vibrant clubbing experience with a killer line-up? A night out in Cardiff has it all and is an outing you will not want to miss.

Read our list of the top recommended bars and clubs to visit in Cardiff for a fun-filled night you won’t forget…

1. Coyote Ugly

Prepare yourself for a fast-paced night in this electric, trendy bar. Open 7 days a week, Coyote Ugly is loved by both locals and students alike for its constant streaming of daytime sports contrasted with wild bar dancing at night. Thinking of attending a large group? Why not book in advance and guarantee yourself not just a table spot but also a fine selection of drinks for you and all your friends!

2. Lab 22

Mix a 1920s authentic speakeasy with a scientific experiment and Lab 22 is the outcome. With award-winning cocktails and a steady flow of merry customers, it comes as no surprise that this eccentric club has been named as one of the best bars in Cardiff. Fight the urge to try out all 14 signature cocktails on offer and expect nothing more than the most spectacularly presented cocktails imaginable!

3. Ten Mill Lane

If you’re a sucker for a 2-4-1 cocktail offer, how about experiencing them at Ten Mill Lane on a Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday? This fashionable bar and dance club makes the perfect night out in Cardiff with a unique blend of music from across all genres to suit everyone’s tastes.

Fitzhamon Apartments with ig living room and stairs for night out in Cardiff
The luxury living/dining areas of Fitzhamon Apartments offer the perfect space to socialise with friends

Kick back your feet after a long night out at the Fitzhamon Apartments, which are just short of a 15-minute walk away from this lavish cocktail bar. Offering a selection of one and two bedrooms, these apartments are perfect for both long or short term stays in the popular Welsh capital.

4. Live Lounge

As its name suggests, the Live Lounge offers a vibrant bar setting with quality live music to enjoy. It is a popular venue enjoyed by young and old for its excellent prices and a wide selection of drinks available. Experience first-hand the up and coming artists from the local area with every genre of music catered for. Whether it’s a 9pm live act or 2am DJ set, be sure to get your dancing shoes out as long as the night goes on!

5. Clwb Ifor Bach

Explore the side streets of Cardiff’s city centre and you will find the Clwb Ifor Bach – an intimate music venue offering incredible live acts, shown on a weekly basis. Having hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Biffy Clyro and The Killers, this diverse venue is renowned for providing a fantastic night out in Cardiff and is a must-visit whilst on your city break to the Welsh capital.

6. DEPOT

Discover one of Cardiff’s hidden treasures and experience a unique night out in Cardiff unlike any other. Since being established in 2015, DEPOT has revolutionised the Cardiff nightlife scene with its alternative event arena. One of the most sought after events to attend here is the Bingo Lingo. Confetti-covered and filled with fun, this is a great event to take your friends along to and will be sure to keep you on your feet, if not dancing on the tables!

Century Wharf Apartments bed with mirror and light for night out in Cardiff
The sumptuous Century Wharf Apartments bedrooms are ideal for restful mornings after a night out in Cardiff

There’s no better feeling than coming home from a night out to a cosy serviced apartment and Century Wharf Apartments offer the perfect amenities for you to do just that. Situated close to the DEPOT venue and with a selection of studio, one and two bedrooms available to choose from, make sure you snap up a room here quickly with Citybase Apartments.

7. Peppermint

Transition into sophistication at Peppermint, one of Cardiff’s most highly rated food and drinks venue. Dine in the day with their exclusive food menu and complement your meal with a choice of your favourite alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. The buzzing ambience and welcoming staff members will leave you wanting more and you are guaranteed to want to spend your whole evening here.

8. Retro

If nineties music and a fancy-dress themed nights get your heart racing, then Retro is the perfect place for you! Spread across three floors, this popular Cardiff nightclub is bursting with classic anthems and reasonably priced drinks. For something a little different, why not book you and your friends in for a cocktail making masterclass? For only £15 per person, this bargain package will leave you walking out the door a connoisseur in mixology.

9. The Dead Canary

No guide to a night out in Cardiff would be complete without recommending a visit to The Dead Canary. Tucked away and disguised as a fire escape door, this secret cocktail bar has a mysterious yet soothing ambience and is bound to leave you in awe. Booking in advance is crucial as this popular bar has limited space to ensure you get the best experience from your night.

Experience Cardiff’s nightlife on your next city break and find the perfect accommodation for you with Citybase Apartments. Location, price and quality: we have it all and will guide you through the entire booking process. Get started by reading about our top 5 recommended serviced apartments in central Cardiff

Mara Van Geffen

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