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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.