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.
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
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Coming complete with bottomless booze, Tonight Josephine's themed brunches are bring you all kinds of fun. From Harry Styles to Mamma Mia and Beyonce, there's a bash for everyone across the pretty in pink space here.
When it comes down to quirky things to do in Cardiff, Treetop Adventure Golf has got you covered. Inside this activity hub, you'll get to have a go on the wacky 18-hole courses and take a few snapshots in the photobooth, all before chowing down on pizza. Sounds like a plan to us.
To our mind, there's no better way to see the sights of a city than with a stiff in drink in hand and these phenomenal Cardiff rooftop bars are offering you just that, from city centre cocktail spots fronting gorgeous garden terraces, to secret bars with even secret-er outdoor areas.
You can always rely on The Alchemist on St Mary's Street for a little added magic. Explore the dark arts of molecular mixology at this crackin' venue, all before enjoying bottomless brunches and tasty meals. Wanna learn from the best? Sign up for a cocktail masterclass.
Seeking fun activities in Cardiff? Venture to Boom Battle Bar in The Old Brewery Quarter. Step inside this top-notch bar, where you'll get to dig into delicious American-inspired eats, all before playing 'crazier' golf, darts, axe throwing and much more.
Play at Pins Cardiff is perfect whether you're after a cool destination for group outings, or something a little different for a date. Not only is there karaoke and an escape room, but also plenty of bar games ranging from shuffleboard to pool, bowling and a retro arcade.
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.
Looking for quirky activities in Cardiff city centre? Make sure to give NQ64 a visit. This neon cavern of retro arcade and console games is sure to give you a hefty dose of kidulting fun, plus there's a fantastic menu of themed cocktails and brunch events to wet your whistle.
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.
Flight Club on Mary Street is sprucing up your boring ol' plans with its Cardiff Brunch Social. Enjoy quaffing bubbles or mimosas all while chowing on bottomless slices of the good stuff. If you're feeling extra? You can also add an hour of social darts to your brekky event too.
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.
From its agriculture to its artisans, Wales is home to some of the finest food producers in the world. Get to know the venues making the most of them with a trip to some of the best bars and restaurants in Cardiff serving Welsh food and drink.
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.
It's no secret that Cardiff gets its fair share of drizzly days, but lucky for you its also got the ideal location spend a rainy afternoon. Head over to Chance & Counters, the board game bar that also happens to serve some absolutely killer cocktails, and plenty of tasty comfort food.
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.
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.
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.