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As a capital city (and a student city), Cardiff has the range of entertainment and nightlife you would expect of a modern metropolis. Below are some ideas of how you could spend your evenings.

Cinemas and theatre

There are two multiplex cinemas in the city centre and another in Cardiff Bay, however probably the most interesting venue is Chapter Arts Centre (voted #1 for entertainment in Cardiff in Lonely Planet)

More than just a cinema showcasing independent films and screening festivals, Chapter has three theatres, a gallery studio, two bars, a café and over 60 cultural workspaces. It is the flagship centre for the contemporary arts scene in Wales and is one of the largest complexes of its kind in Europe.

Next door to Cardiff University’s Students’ Union, the newly-refurbished Sherman Theatre consistently produces critically acclaimed and award-winning work


In addition to theatre, Cardiff offers a variety of other types of stage performance including opera through the Welsh National Opera.

The Wales Millennium Centre opened in 2004 and is becoming recognised as one of the world's most iconic arts and cultural destinations (partly thanks to its connection with Torchwood!)

The WMC is so much more than a traditional performance venue. It is a place for West End musicals, opera, dance, ballet, hip hop and art exhibitions. It has free daily foyer performances, free classes and free entry to artistic society gatherings.

Live music and comedy

Cardiff has a thriving live music scene. Catch iconic international acts at the Millennium Stadium or Motorpoint Arena or drop into one of the city's many open mics.

A particular highlight is the SWN festival (sŵn is the Welsh word for 'sound') the UK's version of SXSW, where over three days local, upcoming and renowned acts play in venues across the city.

The UK is obviously famous for comedy. In Cardiff Bay visit the Glee Club for regular four-act line-ups and the finest live acts from the UK and international circuit.

Pubs and clubs

There are 150 bars, pubs and clubs in Cardiff and therefore a venue to suit every evening. They range from cosy, traditional British pubs to cheap student bars, and multi-level clubs.

Outside the Students' Union, a popular club among students, is Clwb Ifor Bach which presents alternative music, DJs and live shows.

A great place to spend an evening is Cardiff Bay, a massive freshwater lake renovated from the old docks. Aside from the Wales Millennium Centre and a relaxing stroll on the waterfront, there are bars, restaurants and clubs.

Study Abroad (JYA)