Fun Things To Do In Cardiff

It's no secret that the Welsh capital is a bustling hub of activity most of the time - from historic castles to quirky cocktail bars, its got a little something for every area of interest. With that in mind, we've put together our own DesignMyNight-approved list of the best things to do in Cardiff, so whether you're a local looking to branch out with your eating and drinking destinations, or a tourist hoping to uncover some of the city's hidden gems, we've got you covered.

Last updated on 30th November 2023

Alcotraz Cardiff: Cell Block Nine-One

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Cardiff on Various dates from Friday 1st December 2023

For a fun night, head to the immersive theatrical Alcotraz: Cell Block Nine-One, a secret speakeasy. Smuggle liquor in orange jumpsuits past the warden to the longest-serving inmates. They'll make you and your friends bespoke cocktails, however, there's no menu because it's, well, prison.

Head To Drag Brunch

If you're after a wild time, Bougie Drag & Boy Toy Events have got you covered. Not only will there be killer, themed performances covering queens from Britney to Gaga, but also 90 minutes of bottomless booze to accompany your food.

Discover Cardiff Bay By Night

Spend a day or a romantic evening discovering Cardiff's waterside haunts. Home to a charming selection of pubs, bars and restaurants, the views of Cardiff Bay bring a little extra magic to any occasion, making it the perfect spot for an end-of-holiday dinner, or an enchanting date night.

Paint A Masterpiece

On the hunt for indoor activities for adults in Cardiff? Get a load of Paint a Pic. Setting up shop at Paradise Gardens, they're helping you unleash your creative side with assistance from a resident artist. And, while you put brush to canvas, enjoy a few drinks from the bar.

Check Out The City's Foodie Hub

Easily one of the best things to do in Cardiff these days, a visit to Pontcanna's lauded eateries is a no-brainer. The area has seen a monumental rise in popularity due to an influx of quality restaurants serving up astounding eats, and now's your chance to check out the goods.

Treat Yourself To A Meal Cooked By A MasterChef

The brainchild of MasterChef contender Tom Simmons, Pontcanna restaurant Thomas has fast become one of Cardiff's most sought-after reservations. A fine-dining destination with buckets of style, you'll find a fusion of Welsh and French-influenced plates on the menu, alongside a speakeasy-inspired bar with some enticing cocktails to quaff.

Grab A Pint Of Locally-Brewed Beer

Looking to enjoy a little of the local ale? Cardiff is home to a wealth of excellent craft beer producers and microbreweries just waiting for you to sample their wares. We've rounded up our pick of the litter, from the neighbourhood bars whipping up the good stuff on-site, to some of Wales' most impressive brewers.

Start Sipping At The City's Dedicated Vermouth Bar

A dedicated sherry and vermouth bar on Guildhall Place, Vermut is alleged to be the first of its kind in the whole country. Step inside its unobtrusive doorway and you'll be treated to a stunning selection of authentic aperitifs along with a range of complimentary snacks and sharing boards.