Something a Little Different
One of the most celebrated places for drinking and dining in the UK, Cardiff comes blessed with alternative and quirky venues to check out when your standard routine just won’t cut it. Featuring everything from opulent bars with talented mixologists to buzzing cultural hubs for live entertainment, there’s plenty to consider when you’re looking for something a little different in Cardiff. Here’s just a few cool venues to try next time you’re out on the town.
Last updated on 9th August 2016
After something completely out of the ordinary? The Dead Canary is a sleek, decadent spot on call for special occasions or whenever you fancy some beautiful cocktails in Cardiff. Housed in a Grade II-listed building, there’s live jazz and folk music at the weekends and drinks are made by the highly skilled mixologists in a low-lit, ridiculously stylish setting. Booking in advance is always a good idea, which you can do - for free - on our website.
The impressive Dirty Martini collective has chosen Cardiff as its first city to expand to outside of London. Opening up in October of this year, expect an atmosphere oozing with glamour and sophistication, with bespoke martinis on the menu and happy hour deals running throughout the week. A must-try for those looking to get all dressed up for drinks at one the coolest bars in Cardiff.
The Urban Tap House is a gem of a cool and quirky bar in Cardiff; there’s no two ways about it. Opened back in 2013 as Wales’ first bar dedicated entirely to craft beer and cider, track down this Westgate Street gem and find five rooms featuring a constantly rotating selection of Tiny Rebel and guest beer that you won’t find in any ordinary boozer. These guys promise an “unpredictable” burger selection as well as an arcade machine for fans of retro gaming!
Bored of the usual pub scene and craving something quirkier? Porter’s be the pub for you. Gathering up a crowd of fun-seekers who head in for the eclectic line-up of comedy nights, live gigs, ping-pong, board games and film screenings, it’s time you checked out this smashing bolthole for yourself. Pizzas are on the menu and there’s a good solid range of affordable drinks; a must-try alternative night out in Cardiff.
Situated in a former bank vault below the High Street, leave the bustle of the city centre behind in favour of this glorious restaurant and bar. The Potted Pig champions independent, high-quality producers and it shows, with a few French and NYC influences sprinkled over a menu of Modern British food. Gin fan? Good, because there’s an outstanding list of bespoke gins running to over 30, as well as a good solid choice of wine and beer. One of our top picks when it comes to quirky restaurants in Cardiff.
Lab 22 offers something that is a cut above your typical cocktail bar experience. It’s the type of lair where a quick drink soon becomes a late-night session, packed with incredible and theatrical mixology that you just can’t tear yourself away from. Check in at the Lab where an in-the-know crowd enjoy award-winning drinks in relaxed and intimate surroundings.
Milgi is one of the most eye-catching healthy restaurants in Cardiff; a venue offering an alternative menu to please the soul. Their passion for natural ingredients is plain for all to see, with an exclusively plant-based food menu featuring a wealth of gluten-free, vegan-friendly fare that is both rich in benefit for the body and downright delicious at the same time. Drinks are equally worth checking out, with refreshing cocktails at £6.50 served alongside homemade juices and superfood smoothies.
Caffi is the destination of choice for lovers of art and theatre inside the city’s vibrant Chapter complex. Setting up a cosy environment largely thanks to the huge paintings and otherwise minimalist interior design, it’s a stress-free hangout that provides a much-needed break from your typical bustling bar in the city. Relax in this quirky Cardiff bar with craft beer, real ales and a seasonal food menu to cater for all tastes.