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.

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Last updated on 19th April 2024

Alcotraz Cardiff: Cell Block Nine-One

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Cardiff on Various dates from Wednesday 24th July 2024

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.

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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.

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.

Bougie Drag Bottomless Brunch Cardiff

@ District Cardiff on Saturday 3rd August 2024 and 4 other Saturdays

Splits and fries are on the menu at Bougie Drag Bottomless Brunch, taking place on Saturdays at Walkabout. Bag your spot from £16 each for just the show and enjoy an array of performances from some of the best queens in the country, as they high-kick their way across the stage. £44.95 tickets include 90 minutes of unlimited bubbles alongside a dish of your choice, plus four hours of hilarious entertainment.

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.