Any Cardiffian worth their salt will have memories of The Philharmonic. Whether it was where you ended up on your Friday nights out, or your hot ticket for the NYE crush, the St Mary Street pub-club was a landmark for many years. My memories of the place seem to revolve around oppressively crammed New Year’s Eves, when you were treated to the beery-breathed bonhomie of a total stranger vowing he loves you like a brother, honest, no lie, I swear.These days, of course, that’s a vision of Hell itself, something to rival a Hieronymous Bosch gallery of grotesques; something to have you casting envious eyes at the damned’s macabre punishments and thinking that they are, frankly, getting off far too lightly.But dinner? Really? In short, ‘eating at ‘The Philly’’ would be filed under ‘Worst idea since Canesten’s new Wasabi variety.’So telling you my curiosity got the better of me and I accepted an invitation to eat there would have once seemed…well, let’s settle for ‘unlikely’.A little research before accepting seems in order, so neither of us are wasting our time. Initial signs are encouraging. Almost all the food- their figure was 90%- is made from scratch, with a heavy reliance on local markets. Consider my curiosity piqued.
Cardiff’s shopping and foodie scene is always evolving and the past year has brought lots of brand new places for us to eat, drink and shop. From pizzas to cocktails and even a Harry Potter-themed shop , there are so many cool, new independent places for you to try out. Here are 13 brilliant places to take a look at…
The achievements of women are being commemorated worldwide and a number of pubs in Wales are looking to help with the celebrations. In honour of International Women’s Day , two venues in Cardiff are offering discounted drinks for the day. They will be slashing prices, allowing their female customers to enjoy a cheaper-than-usual drinks on Thursday, March 8 . And both bars have given the same reason for the cut-price booze – to reflect the gender pay gap in the UK.
It’s that time of year again when Six Nations fever hits rugby fans across the country – bring it on! But if you are not actually going to the games, there are plenty of places in the capital to soak up the match-day atmosphere – and not to mention wash down some top grub wit
Cardiff has seen a never ending stream of new places to eat and drink pop up over the years and 2017 has been no exception. From the return of old city icons like The Philharmonic to continental newbies like Asador 44, there’s been enough variety to cater for both meat lovers and vegans alike. Here’s our quick guide to what you can expect from a night out at each of them.
Cardiff’s burger scene has gone from strength to strength during the past five years – and it just keeps getting better. The inventiveness, and also inclusiveness for different dietary requirements, knows no bounds as there is always something new on the menus. During the last year or so, loads of new places serving burgers have been popping up and here are some of the best on their menus right now…
The Philharmonic will finally reopen to the public on Saturday, July 29. The grand opening of The Philharmonic will be preceded by a VIP launch night on Friday, July 28, before the beloved bar opens for business nine years after it closed its doors in 2008. The developers began work on the iconic building in June 2016, but had to carry out extensive repairs to the structure to repair a lot of the remedial work carried out by previous owners.
For many, The Philharmonic in Cardiff was one of the places where they enjoyed their first pub-going experience. So when the St Mary Street nightspot closed around six years ago, regulars were disappointed. But now it’s been taken over by a new management team and has had a £750,000 makeover – and it looks totally different. Reopening at the end of July, we’ve had a sneak peek of one of the rooms in the Victorian building, which has been totally transformed. And people can enjoy their own 3D tour of t
Iconic Cardiff nightspot The Philharmonic will soon re-open again nine years after closing down in the late noughties. After months of extensive building work and a £750,000 renovation, The Philharmonic will open its doors to the general public at 12 noon on July 29. The developers began work on the building in June last year, but had to carry out extensive repairs to the structure to fix a lot of the remedial work carried out by previous owners.
Customers have already had a glimpse inside the Philharmonic ‘s newly-refurbished upper bar but now, for the first time, they can see the full results of the £750k makeover at the legendary Cardiff pub. After being closed for more than nine years the St Mary Street bar has had a stylish refurbishment and a secret lane – separating the old bar front and the basement – has been made a main feature of the room.