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.

Last updated on 10th August 2016

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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. Strictly table-service only, stumble upon this hidden gem in Cardiff at the weekends when live jazz and folk music adds an extra little something to the atmosphere.

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

Happily Affordable ££

One of the most elusive hidden gems in Cardiff actually lies slap bang in the middle of the city. You’ll find Ladybird lurking in a subterranean space beneath St. Mary Street. It’s home to two seriously cool rooms characterised by their bare brick arches, with a cutting-edge music policy and the first full LED lighting system in the country creating a stunning space for late-night drinking and dancing in Cardiff.

Happily Affordable ££

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 obvious luxury and a super-relaxed atmosphere to soak in. Check out their Lab Experience cocktail masterclass for something completely different.

Happily Affordable ££

Heard of The Blind Tiger? It’s cool if you haven’t - this is possibly the most secret Cardiff bar on the scene - welcoming a very select, tiny group of people for moonshine and other illicit drinking on Saturday evenings. This is Prohibition styled boozing done right; you’ll need to whisper a secret to the bootleggers in exchange for a table and take steps to cover your tracks so those pesky feds don’t come a-calling.

Happily Affordable ££

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