Cardiff is known for its lively nightlife, which reaches its peak on St Mary’s Street on a Friday and Saturday night. The gay scene is focused around Charles Street and Churchill Way, around five minutes’ walk from each other, and Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay now offers an alternative to the city centre scene. Cardiff also has several theatres, music venues and cinemas, and is host to numerous festivals throughout the year.
Iris is thrilled to be working with The Eagle and Pulse, two popular gay venues in the city. Both venues will be the places to be after the cinemas are closed to hang out with the festival audience, talk film, or maybe just have a few cocktails and let down your hair.
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.
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.
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.
42 Charles Street
Cardiff’s original and oldest cabaret bar, Minskys specialises in drag queen shows, with popular performances every Friday and Saturday night.
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.
Other Cardiff Hotspots
The Dead Canary
The Dead Canary is our favourite find of 2016- a mysterious and trendy nightspot offering tapas and eccentric cocktails. Located at a mystery number, you have to find your own way to the door of the secretive venue to enjoy what’s inside.
213 City Road
A relaxed and contemporary setting for coffee, wine, cocktails, exotic beers and dinner. Milgi is of the more popular spots amongst the capital’s bright young things, featuring a modern, interesting and ever-changing menu.
11 Windsor Place
Located across two floors, Buffalo rates amongst one of the more popular night spots in Cardiff, with a great selection of cocktails and food and a chilled-out atmosphere.
10 Feet Tall
11a – 12 Church Street
Following on from the success of Buffalo, its owners have opened their second venue 10 Feet Tall, a three-storey independent café bar, offering food, cocktails, club nights and a varied live music space, featuring everything from jazz to drum and bass.