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Venue Guide: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Everything you need to know about the Cardiff city centre venue...

Clwb Ifor Bach is an institution. The venue has been catering to underground scenes of all kinds, hosting up and coming talent and cutting-edge artists from across the globe and championing homegrown Welsh acts ever since 1983. They don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, here’s what you need to know… 

Address

Clwb Ifor Bach, 11 Womanby Street, Caerdydd, CF10 1BR

Telephone number

029 20 232 199

Brief History

Clwb Ifor Bach started out as a social club for Welsh speakers in Cardiff’s city centre back in 1983. By the ’90s the club had evolved and established itself as a music venue and nightclub. By the mid-’90s, Clwb Ifor Bach had established itself as a leading music venue in Wales and had become a crucial venue on the UK touring circuit. 

How many people does it hold?

The venue has two floors, the ground floor has a capacity of 150 and the top floor holds 250.

Who has played there?

Notable bands are The Strokes, The Killers, Young Fathers, Super Furry Animals, Sons Of Kemet, Wolf Alice, Foals, Skrillex, Gilles Peterson, Peggy Gou, Howard Marks, Saul Williams, Joy Orbison, Gwenno.

I was there moments

The Killers opening for British Sea Power in 2003.

Foals returning to a sold-out Clwb in 2007 after a handful of times playing to a half-empty Clwb in previous years!

Sons Of Kemet blowing the crowd away. 

In 2017, Peggy Gou brought her pulsating techno compositions to life at Clwb.

Super Furry Animals taking over the venue for a 5-day residency in June of 2007.

Funeral For A Friend’s emotional last gig. There were a lot of tears!

The Bronx caused absolute chaos on the top floor earlier this year and played their new album V in its entirety, as well as a long list of their older hardcore hits. Everyone left the show wondering how on earth they kept the energy up for such a long time.

We’re going to have to stop there, the list truly is endless.

How do I get there?

The venue is right in the city centre tucked away on one of the city’s oldest streets, Womanby Street. Any train or bus that passes through the city centre will do! 

Approximately 1-minute walk from the stadium.

Approximately 1-minute walk from Cardiff Castle.

Approximately 5-minute walk from Queen Street.

Here’s a map: 

Where should I eat?

Just on the corner of Womanby Street, you have Tiny Rebel, the local Welsh brewery’s Cardiff bar. As well as serving some of the nicest (and sometimes outrageous) beers in the city, the bar also serves delicious burgers and pizzas and has a wide range of irresistible vegan grub on offer. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Restaurant Minuet is also close by, this is a small, legendary Italian restaurant that’s been filling Castle Arcade with their distinctive, mouth-watering aroma since 1986! You can’t pass the place without salivating. 

Where can I stay?

The venue is in the city centre, so you have a myriad of options! We’d highly recommend the Nos Da hostel just across the river. They serve local food and beer with a lovely view of the Afon Taf and the stadium!

Tips

You can practice your Welsh with the bar staff as they all speak Welsh! 

Try this: “Allai gael peint o gwrw os gwelwch yn dda?” (“Can I get one pint of beer please?”)

If you’re lucky enough, you might catch the venue’s office Cavapoo (cavalier crossed with a poodle), Archer roaming the building from time to time, making sure all the staff are in order and that everything is going swimmingly. 

Accessibility info

The ground floor is accessible, but unfortunately, the top floor is not. 

Where can you carry on the party?

Quite often the venue is open until 4am!

You also have Blue Honey Night Cafe around the corner, a small late night bar that’s often rammed with surprise guest DJ sets and outrageous karaoke. 

Kong’s is an arcade game bar in a huge basement with an incredible nightclub room at the back of the venue. 

Undertone is another basement venue about a 4-minute walk away, they program some of the best local techno, house and bass nights.

Check out current listings and buy tickets for shows at Clwb Ifor Bach through TicketWeb.co.uk 

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