THE KILLERS ARE COMING TO CARDIFF
The ‘KILLERS’ have just announced that they are performing an outdoor concert at the iconic Cardiff Castle on Friday the 28th of June! This will be the first time the killers have performed in Cardiff in 7 years! Tickets go on sale Friday at 9.30AM. I have put together some recommendations on where to Stay, Eat, Drink and things To Do whilst visiting Cardiff. Why not make a weekend of it? In the recently named, Europe’s lowest priced Capital city to visit. Why not take a tour of Cardiff’s historic castle and be blown away by the sheer beauty of the castle grounds, apartments, house, Norman keep and clock tower. All can be seen during the tour. So take a journey that spans over 2000 years. Let’s start with some of Cardiff’s beautiful hotels, There are many choices but here are some options for you.
VOCO St. David’s
VOCO St David’s is Cardiff’s only 5 star hotel, situated in the stunning Cardiff Bay area and offers something truly special. It has a superb bar and restaurant along with a opulent spa, which will really will make your stay in Cardiff quite special. Their restaurant offers an exquisite afternoon tea selection and all day menu, along with a more traditional bar food menu. So there is something for everyone. It’s also a popular haunt for celebrities when visiting Cardiff. The Mermaid Quay area of Cardiff bay, offers some of Cardiff’s best restaurants and bars, along with sensational views of the Bristol Channel. It’s a must visit area of Cardiff!
Holiday Inn Cardiff Central
Set in the heart of the Castle area is the splendid Holiday Inn, it’s right next to Cardiff castle, so ideally located for convenience and also disabled people, due to it being so close to Cardiff castle. They have an on-site restaurant and bar, which is great for having food and drinks before the concert. The hotel also offers onsite parking for up to 85 vehicles but charges do apply. This hotel will fill up fast, so book now not to be disappointed.
Giovanni’s Restaurant Cardiff Piatto Cardiff Bay
I have to mention the iconic Giovanni’s brand, they now have three restaurants situated in Cardiff and have served us their authentic Italian dishes for over 35 years! Their original restaurant is situated in the exemplary ‘Hayes’ area, whilst their other city centre based restaurant is on Park Place, both restaurants are superbly located. Their third restaurant is named ‘Piatto’ and is situated in Cardiff bay, offering some exquisite pasta dishes. Look out for their homemade cheese bowls, which the pasta is served in, truly delicious. If you are looking for hearty and authentic Italian cuisine, then look no further than these exemplary Italian restaurants.
Lab 22 Cocktail Bar
The award winning Lab 22 cocktail bar situated just off Mill lane Cardiff, is truly superb. It’s recently been named as one of the worlds top 50 cocktail bars, WOW! This is a tremendous honour for us here in Cardiff and Wales. They have an extensive cocktail list and expertly trained staff to prepare their sensational cocktails. I recently tried an iconic ‘Singapore Sling’ there and it was simply stunning! Matching the famous ‘Raffles’ hotel in Singapore! If champagne and chocolates are more your thing then opt for their ‘Champagne Sours’ cocktail, which is vodka based and has a beautiful white chocolate liqueur added to it. Simply delicious! You’ll find something for everyone in this outstanding cocktail bar. It’s a must visit!
TEN MILL LANE BAR & CLUB
If you want to party after the concert then I have to recommend Cardiff’s ‘Ten Mill Lane’ it is NIGHT LIFE hotspot. They serve superb cocktails along with a range of premium champagnes, Beers, Ciders and spirits. They have an excellent team there, who will make your visit to Cardiff go out with a bang! They have some awesome DJs, who will entertain you right through until 6AM! Can you do their 6AM challenge?
Fly By Night
Set in the heart of Cardiff’s very affluent high street in the castle quarter, sits the incredible Fly By Night. It’s location is ideal for the ‘Killers’ gig. The decor has a beautiful zen feel to it which enhances the tranquil ambiance. I also have to mention the incredible blossom flower ceiling, it’s sensational! They have a beautiful selection of old and new world wines, which nurture all the right senses. If you’re a fan of red wine, then try the Changyu Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Ningxia region of China, it was a favourite of mine. This is an elegant bar and really offers a fine wine experience.
If you’re staying for the whole weekend and looking for a fantastic Sunday lunch then you have to visit ‘Etc’, set in the heart of Penarth, it’s simply incredible! Just 15 minutes from Cardiff city centre by car or train. It’s a stunning coastal town which boasts some outstanding views of the Bristol Channel, Sully Island and Flat holm Island from its recently redesigned Penarth Pavilion, which offers live cinema screenings, a cafe, along with live music and theatre! Their Sunday lunch is one of the best I’ve been had and also very reasonably priced at £19.95 for two course or £25.95 for 3 courses. The potion sizes are more than adequate and the quality of food is outstanding. Their lemon cheesecake as seen above was heavenly. They also offer their full A La Carte menu from 12.00PM on Fridays and Saturdays, which has some impeccable dishes. I would highly recommend their lamb dish called ‘Meryl Sheep’, which combines a herb crusted rack of lamb, potato terrine, pea purée, seasonal vegetables and ratatouille jus. It’s sensational! They also have a fine selection of cocktails and their fascinating smoking cocktails selection, their smoking cocktails are an experience on their own!
If you are looking for a LGBG friendly venue in Cardiff, then I recommend ‘Marys’, it serves an extensive selection of spirits along with fine champagnes, Wines, beers and ciders. They are open until late wns play all kinds of music, to get you in the party mood. They also offer 50% off drinks from 4-8pm! What more do you want!!
Article by Brett Salway