Secret Bars in Cardiff

Cardiff’s bar and club scene is amongst the most lively in the UK, but did you know there’s also a collection of super-secret drinking dens hidden away somewhere in the city? We won’t lie - tracking down some of these bars is a job in itself, but manage to do so and you’ll soon be enjoying drinks in some of the coolest, most sought-after spots around. Read on for our complete guide to the best secret bars in Cardiff.

The Dead Canary

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Hiding away somewhere down Barrack Lane, The Dead Canary brings some of the most exceptional cocktails to the city. It's no easy find, but we'd absolutely recommend having a crack. With some of the most talented mixologists in Wales shaking up a cocktail storm in seriously slick and elusive surroundings it's well worth the hunt.

Don't be fooled by the fairly non-descript and unassuming exteriors; one of the best secret bars in Cardiff lies just next to the Big Sleep Hotel. Come if you're fed up of the same old vibes in the same old places - Porter's has everything from comedy and cabaret to live gigs and film screenings until late throughout the week, and there's even a mini golf course in the courtyard.

Keep your eyes peeled for the logo that lights up the corner of Mill Lane, for something stunning and elusive lies within. Lab 22 is a secret bar for Cardiff's discerning drinkers, with some of the most unusual and creative cocktails in town whipped up by another award-winning team of mixologists, with a touch of luxury and a super-relaxed atmosphere to soak in. 

Welcoming a very select, tiny group of people for moonshine and other illicit drinking on Saturday evenings,  The Blind Tiger is Prohibition-style boozing done right. Head to Depot where you'll need to whisper a password to the bootleggers in exchange for a table and take steps to cover your tracks so those pesky feds don't come a-calling.