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Coffee Shops:

Cafe Barker-Bang in the centre of town and has one of the most rustic interiors around.They do everything from great choice of coffee’s and tea’s to pasta and soups.They even do live music some evenings of the week with local bands playing. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for who is playing and when; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coffee-Barker/147298511987541

College House- Great little local coffee house right by Talybont halls of residence. Often sets up an outdoor stand selling cheap coffee to students as they are walking to lectures.They also do the best home made pizzas slices! Have a peek at the website for more info; http://www.thecollegehouse.co.uk/

Deli Rouge-Local deli in the heart of Cathays that does breakfast and lunch and has a very impressive deli counter.For any foodies amongst you this is a great choice; it can also be good to take someone on a date if you are looking for somewhere slightly different to a bar!. http://www.delirouge.co.uk/

Bars

 

Metros-If you are bored of the normal chart and chain clubs then Metros is a refreshing breath of sweaty air!This back alley club is a metal,grunge,rock and alternative haven from the carbon copy chain clubs throughout the city centre.There is also the added bonus that if you can last to the end of your evening there then you will be rewarded with a delicious slice of buttery toast!

Clwb Ifor Bach [Welsh Club]-This place is legen-wait for it-dary on the Welsh music scene.Despite being tucked away, clwb regularly has people queuing round the block for the chance to throw some shapes to the wide variety of music which is available over three floors.The first floor hosts some of the most popular chart hits of the last few years.Second floor caters for those who love they’re jazz and swing music, behind the DJ booth they regularly show a bizarre loop of looney toons cartoons.The third floor is my personal favourite, the music played is loud and unashamedly indie!Clwb Ifor Bach is also home to some great local and home grown talent from around South Wales.  http://www.clwb.net/

Shot in the dark-A cool little independent bar and food venue at the bottom of City Road right on the edge of town.This is one of Cardiff’s hidden gems; it also has live music playing upstairs!Like them on Facebook for more idea of what is happening there; https://www.facebook.com/ashotinthedarkcardiff

Milgi-One of the most amazing vegetarian and vegan establishments that has ever been established! It is so hipster it hurts; they even have a yurt in the garden and a weird wooden faux moose head on the wall.This fair trade, local produce cafe has an amazing food and cocktail menu, so if you want to try something a little different this is the place to visit!Are you an artist?Watch out for competitions, and opportunities to exhibit artwork on their walls. http://www.milgilounge.com/

Gwdihŵ-pronounced  goodie-hue is one of the few independent bars that is still in the city centre of Cardiff.It has its own spirit concoction that it sells as shots and its own beer that is produced by an independent brewery in Cardiff.In the evenings it plays host to a wide variety of different style evenings.They vary from comedy nights, folk music extravaganzas to speed quizzing!Whenever you visit you are always in for a treat and an eventful evening!http://gwdihw.co.uk/

Gig venues

Buffalo-One of the most established and most popular bars in the city.This place is a great place to eat,drink,dance and date.In the day it serves some great local food and in the evening becomes one of the most popular establishments for cocktails in town.It is also open until 4pm so is a great choice of venue, it is a bit smaller but still has some great DJ’s playing in the upper room. http://buffalocardiff.co.uk/

The Globe- An incredible little gig space outside of the city centre but 5 minute walk from the heart of Cathays.The Globe is the place to see small intimate gigs with friends, a chance to see some amazing  up and coming bands.  http://www.globecardiffmusic.com/

The Gate-This place has it all, food,opera,art,drink,music,classes,theatre,cinema and festivals.Located in Roath, this community and arts centre is an intellectual hub with a variety of activities.There is always art on display on the premises and will happily display local artists.If you are a tofu eater this is the place for you! http://www.thegate.org.uk/

Chapter-A venue which is both bar and independent cinema rolled into one!Chapter is an intellectual relief from normal nights out.; it has an out door seating area and a large bar which has one of the widest selections of beer,wine and spirits in the city!Serving food from morning until night with loads of local ingredients used, it even keeps within a student budget!  http://www.chapter.org/

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