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Best Alternative Cardiff Nights Out

Millennium CentreIf you've lived in Cardiff for more than a week, you'll be aware of how incredible this city's nightlife is; whatever your taste in music, or your preferred atmosphere, there's a pub or club for you. But, if you’re looking for a night out with a bit of a twist, we have a few suggestions.

Escape Rooms Cardiff

One of Cardiff’s newest additions, Escape Rooms pits you and your friends against a locked room, with only one hour to escape!

If your group of friends fancy themselves as a bunch of challenge buffs, then this is definitely an experience you will not want to miss. You’ll be tasked with finding clues, solving puzzles and micromanaging your friends to ensure your precious time is utilised efficiently.

There are currently 3 themed rooms for you to experience: The Tomb, Finding Sherlock and The Heist, all of which will offer you a unique experience, and a night out you’ll all remember!

Treetop Adventure Golf

What’s better than conventional golf? Almost everything, but most of all, mini golf!

Treetop Adventure Golf is located on Level P3 of the St David’s shopping centre, making it easily accessible, and allowing you the opportunity to laugh at your friends’ lack of hand-eye coordination.

If you consider yourself a dab hand at gently putting golf balls around tricky courses, you should definitely give this place a visit.

Cardiff Castle Ghost Walk

Cardiff CastleUsually the most frightening thing to happen during a night out is checking your bank account the morning after, but why choose economic demons when you can fraternise with real poltergeist (maybe)?

The Cardiff Castle ghost walk is a regular event that involves you exploring the castle grounds after dark, while hearing all manner of spooky stories and accounts of paranormal activity. This tour is not for the faint of heart (or for those who can’t bear the idea of walking up over 100 steps as part of a fun night out).

Board Game Bar

Let’s be honest, Monday’s aren’t great; you have to contend with the fact that the weekend is over once more, and there’s a whole work week before you. Rules of Play, a local board game shop, is aware of the Monday blues, which is why they host Board Game Night, every Monday between 5-10pm at Urban Tap House.

For just £3 per person, you and your friends can relax and try out a unique range of board games. Whether or not you consider board games to be your cup of tea, the relaxed and friendly atmosphere is sure to set you up for the week.

Infinity Trampoline Park

Do you enjoy jumping? How about bouncing? If you like jumping and bouncing, then you may be interested in visiting Infinity Trampoline Park, where you can jump and bounce to your heart’s content. What’s more, this has the dual benefit of being fun, but also counting as exercise, so you don’t have to spend your money on an expensive gym membership. No need to thank us.

Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre

If you want fun and exercise, but prefer to move upwards in a continual motion, maybe rock climbing is more your thing. Luckily, Boulders offers you the perfect place to do just that!

Pop on a harness and see which of your friends is the best at… scaling?

Bowling & Laser Quest

This entry is a bit of a cheat, but seeing as you can do both activities in one location, we’re giving it a pass!

Whether you want to compete to see which of your friends can knock down the most pins, or find out who’s the best at shooting others with imaginary gunfire, Superbowl Cardiff is the place for you to be. However, don’t be surprised if one (or more) of your friends say “this reminds me of being a teenager” at some point during the night!

Go to the theatre

Cardiff is a theatrical city, there are more theatres than you can shake a spear at (see what we did there?). So, why not see a show? There are always big budget performances on in the Millennium Centre and New Theatre, along with more indie performances in the Sherman or the Other Room.

What’s more, in August Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be starring in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land at the New Theatre, and you know you don’t want to miss your chance to see Professor X and Magneto acting together!

Try a new restaurant

Five Guys Cardiff, image courtesy of ell-r-brown via FlickrWhen in doubt about what you can do with your evening, eat! There are so many fantastic restaurants in Cardiff that it’s impossible to choose, so why not try something new? Whether you want burgers, Italian, or something more exotic, if you go to a new restaurant each time you go out for food, you’ll have a unique experience every time.

Have a VIP cinema experience

Sure, going to the cinema can be costly, but sometimes the cost is justified, which is the case for The Gallery in the Odeon down Cardiff Bay. The Cardiff Odeon is one of only 7 in the UK that offers this experience, and it’s an experience you owe yourself at least once.

Not only do you get to sit in some of the comfiest cinema seats ever, you can gorge on an unlimited amount of popcorn, soft drinks and nachos. There’s something strangely gratifying about being personally led to a cinema screen by a member of staff who is carrying your snacks on a platter for you!

There is also a bar, so you can treat yourself to an alcoholic beverage if you wish. If there’s a film you are eagerly anticipating, getting a Gallery ticket could make your experience ten times better.

There we have it, just a few ways to enjoy your evenings if you’re growing tired of the pubs and clubs in Cardiff. If you've done all of these however, why not check out our top things to do in Cardiff guide, and see if you can tick those off your essential Cardiff activities list?

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