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Albeit smaller than other cities, Cardiff has a thriving LGBT scene. Expect amazing music, drag queens, and cheap drinks, throughout the entire week.
Best night: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
This is a drag cocktail bar offering delicious cocktails and entertainment in the form of both local and international drag stars. Mondays offer 2-4-1 on cocktails all night then throughout the week from 4pm to 8pm each evening. Great place to dance into the early hours or to just enjoy a cocktail.
Venue Name: Mary’s
Contact: 02920 668647
Address: 89 St. Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1DW
Best night: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Pulse is the quintessential LGBT night club. Wednesday night is aimed specifically at students, with cheaper drinks and cheaper entry. Both Fridays and Saturdays are normal club nights, with competitive prices that rival mainstream night clubs. It also stays open later than most clubs, so you get a mixed crowd of party go-ers not ready to say goodnight turning up for one last dance.
Venue Name: Pulse
Contact: 01446 731215
Address: 3 Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2HD
Best nights: Monday to Saturday
The Kings is the perfect place to start your night or to spend all of it. Free entry is always a winner and makes it an attractive destination for a student on a budget; or a student looking for a fantastic night! We love the music, cheap drinks, and there’s always a great vibe.
Venue Name: The Kings
Contact: 02920 343511
Address: 10 Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2HD
Best night: Wednesday
Great way to start your night on Wednesday; with drink discounts and early bird specials in spades, Eagle is the perfect student night venue for a few drinks.
Venue Name: Eagle
Contact: 02921 140000
Address: 39 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GB
Best nights: Sunday to Thursday
Open every day at 9am and offering drinks for low prices during ‘cheeky hours’ (4pm to 9pm). WOW is also free entry from Sunday to Thursday, alongside having free entry before 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Dancing, DJ’s, Drags, Cabaret: They’re constantly hosting events, so keep an eye on their website.
Venue Name: WOW Bar
Contact: 02920 666247
Address: 4 Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2DW
The Golden Cross
Day and night, all week
If you’re looking for a night that’s a bit different but still want some camp entertainment, then look no further than The Golden Cross. This gay pub offers the best of both worlds, offering both traditional pub lunches in the day and a variety of entertainment and karaoke in the evenings. The Golden Cross is a hidden gem that is a great alternative to the traditional club night offered by other venues.
Venue Name: The Golden Cross
Contact: 02920 225270
Address: 283 Hayes Bridge Road, Cardiff, CF10 1GH
Thank you Brad Walker, from Cardiff University’s LGBT society, for helping us create this.
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