Cardiff is known for its lively nightlife, which reaches its peak on St Mary’s Street on a Friday and Saturday night. The LGBT+ scene is focused around Charles Street and Churchill Way, around five minutes’ walk from each other.
89 St. Mary’s Street
Mary’s is Cardiff’s newest gay bar, open 7 days a week and offering cabaret shows, great drinks offers and cocktails in a chilled out atmosphere.
Golden Cross Pub
282 Hayes Road
Originally a girlie-bar for sailors in the 19th century coal boom, the Golden Cross is now one of Cardiff’s most popular gay venues. Regular entertainment includes local and international drag acts, strippers and a traditional pub quiz. Food is served until early evening in generous quantities, and the good-value Sunday roast has become a Welsh gay family institution.
Churchill Way, Cardiff
If you are looking for that classic gay nightclub experience then Pulse is the place for you! You can dance until 5am with a mix of chart, dance and party anthems, making Pulse the perfect hangout to catch a glimpse of the good looking movers and shakers of Cardiff’s vibrant gay scene. Pulse are loyal members of the Iris family, having been with us from the very beginning, and you can enjoy free entry any night of the week with your Iris Members card.
10 Churchill Way
The Kings is a large and modern bar open 7 nights a week, from the team behind Pulse.
4 Churchill Way
Located directly across the road from Pulse, WOW Bar helps make Churchill Way the new gay destination.
39 Charles Street, Cardiff
The Eagle is a popular gay bar that has been involved with the Iris family since 2013. For all the fetish lovers out there, Eagle also offers a more alternative environment to enjoy all things from rubber and leather to uniform and bears.
42 Charles Street
Cardiff’s original and oldest cabaret bar, Minskys specialises in drag queen shows, with popular performances every Friday and Saturday night.