A proper nightclub experience is truly unbeatable. Everything from getting ready, the predrinks, sneaking your drink in the Uber, necking it in the line, and then heading in to sing and dance the pains, frustrations, and general annoyances of the week away is a beautiful experience. It’s basically a rebirth. But achieving this cleansing rebirth can only be done at the best nightclubs.
And Cardiff is one of the best cities for it thanks to the huge variety of clubs, all with different themes, vibes, and crowds. No matter what scene you’re in and no matter what kind of music does it for you, there’s a club in Cardiff that has the power to become your personal weekend mecca. Here are the best clubs in Cardiff.
Clwb Ifor Bach
Where: 11 Womanby St, Cardiff CF10 1BR
Upcoming events: Sumo, Up All Night, Black Parade My Chemical Romance Pre-Party
Although Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff is more known for live music, especially in the alternative music scene, the club has three floors to enjoy music across. And the events are always diverse; no matter what you’re into, Clwb Ifor Bach will have a night to suit your tastes. To highlight the variety, in May alone, there’s a breaks, house and techno night, a One Direction night, and a pre-party before My Chemical Romance’s gig at Sophia Gardens. Moreover, the drinks are pretty cheap too!
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Where: 65-74 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1FA
Upcoming events: TNT Thursdays (weekly), Mix Fridays (weekly), Rewind Saturdays (weekly), Disco Wonderball
Australian-themed sports bar and club Walkabout Cardiff might be the best venue in Cardiff for those who don’t know what they want. You can relax with a pint and watch a match, dance all night long, demolish a personalised burger, or hang out in the outdoor section - honestly, we’re ready to move in. Walkabout’s student nights are pretty legendary too, with their TNT Thursdays being Cardiff’s longest-running night. On those nights, you can expect free doughnuts, £2 drinks, a 2 am rave, midnight singalongs and more.
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Where: Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3DP
Upcoming events: Fix Fridays (weekly), Quids In (every Monday), 50 Shades Ladies Night
Pryzm has held the title as one of the biggest, best clubs in Cardiff for some time now. Another popular one among students and young people, Pryzm is a massive club with three bars, three rooms of music, and some cracking student nights such as Fix Friday’s and Quids In. Expect Co2 cannons, hip hop, RnB, pop, dance tunes, DnB, house, bassline, and around 2,000 other people having a banging time. So book a ticket for Fix Fridays, stick on your best outfit, and dominate the Pryzm dancefloor!
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Where: Bakers Row, Cardiff CF10 1AL
Upcoming events: WEIRD! Wednesdays, Meltdown,
Metros in Cardiff is the place to go for drinks with inoffensive price tags and alternative music such as Nirvana, Deftones, Paramore, and Nova Twins, alongside some indie and pop. Established in 1992, Metros has been the go-to for alt, indie, metal, and punk kids since its inception. And if that wasn’t enough to win you over, nights rage on until 4 am, and you can get cocktail buckets (yes, buckets) for just £6.50 all night long. Gorgeous.
Photo credit: Mary's on Facebook
Where: 89 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1DW
Upcoming events: Jubilee Weekend at Mary’s
Mary’s is Cardiff’s favourite gay bar where you can find drag queens, cocktails, all the gin your heart desires, and wild cabaret performances. And it’s open seven days a week so, no matter what your schedule, you can get your sass on! With a lovely, inviting atmosphere, around the clock entertainment, great customer service, and a focus on fun, Mary’s in Cardiff is a banging choice for any happy party-goer.
Photo credit: Popworld on Facebook
Where: 96 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1DX
Upcoming events: Jubilee Weekender, Karaoke Tuesdays (weekly), Top Banana (every Wednesday), Reflex Returns (every Friday), Popworld Party (every Saturday)
It's no fun taking yourself so seriously all the time. It's a good laugh to just act a bit daft every now and then. And Popworld Cardiff might be the best place for it. With the theme being “cheesy”, nights such as Karaoke Tuesdays, and 90s tunes bumping until the early hours, we can’t find a better club to let loose and unleash your inner child in. Not to mention there are bar tabs and prizes to be won, 50% off drinks between 3 and 6 on a Saturday, and live DJs.
Where: 78 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1FA
Upcoming events: N/A
Coyote Ugly is a bar that began in the United States before opening 12 other locations and expanding across the globe to the UK and other countries. Open seven days a week, Coyote Ugly is all about partying with the bartenders singing and dancing on the bar tops or heckling the crowd to drink up. If you head down earlier, you can tuck into some bar snacks such as pizza, wings, loaded fries, and burgers, play some pool, and have a whirl at some karaoke.
Y Plas Cardiff
Where: Cardiff University Students' Union Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3QN
Upcoming events: YOLO (every Wednesday), Juice (every Saturday),
Y Plas is a strictly student-only nightclub with a huge reputation after rapidly becoming one of the best nightclubs in Cardiff. Insanely impressive for a student bar, the club features a glass ceiling, a balcony, regular club nights with light shows, and even hosts live music gigs, too. Oh, and a quick note: if you’re planning to visit Y Plas, don’t wear your favourite, most expensive clobber. Wear something you don’t care too much about and be prepare to be drenched in VK.
Story Nightclub Cardiff
Photo credit: Story Nightclub on Facebook
Where: 2 Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3AD
Upcoming events: N/A
If you're after some photo ops, Story might be the best club in Cardiff for you to check out. The club has lots of neon lights, four floors, a rooftop terrace (where you can find a silent disco), and a slightly industrial vibe. We think we can all agree that the worst part of a night out is queuing, so Story decided to put in five bars and stock them to the brim with cheap drinks. As a completely unique experience, it’s definitely worth diving into Story for a few.
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Tiger Tiger Cardiff
Photo credit: Tiger Tiger on Facebook
Where: Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3AE
Upcoming events: Hashtag Sundays, Hashtag Mondays, Hashtag Tuesdays, Hashtag Wednesdays, Hashtag Thursdays, Hashtag Fridays, Hashtag Saturdays
Arguably one of the best student clubs across the UK, Tiger Tiger has Hashtag parties every day of every week, so no matter what your schedule, you can always squeeze in a visit to Tiger Tiger. The club tends to play hip hop, house, club anthems, afrobeats, and bashment tunes. And with professional photographers, videographers and content creators on-site, you can relive your night out in pictures and videos without having to capture these moments yourself.
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These clubs know how to start a party, keep it going, and leave a bunch of tired party-goers eager for more before the lights even go up. If you're looking to leave your troubles behind, be engulfed by the music, and just have a cracking time with your pals, check out any of our best nightclubs in Cardiff. You'll have a blast.
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.
Header image: Pryzm on Facebook