popworld sounds the kinda place where 14yr olds would go with fake ID's. Several Lambrini bottles in between splatters of sic hidden in a darkened lane close to the building
Bit like the previous establishment then!
I hear the old Beatbox bars owners are looking to set up somewhere new in Cardiff. I saw them out on the prowl this Saturday. Wonder how well that will go down.
There is an application for a TexMex type eaterie/bar for the unit in Church St next to the Harvester (previously occupied by the works). Details are -
The applicant and intended occupier is Applejacks Bars Ltd, who will
operate a ‘Hybrid bar and restaurant’ which will be a new operation in Cardiff.
The premises will offer gourmet street food dining experience based on an
American / Mexican concept where all food and drinks can be ordered with
1.9 The menu will mainly consist of Gourmet Burgers and Hot Dogs with Tacos,
Taquitos and Burritos on offer, as well as salads and daily specials such as BBQ
ribs & Chicken wings. The theme of the food will be complemented by the
drinks list where the emphasis will be on quality rather than quantity. Again
the emphasis will be on premium range (largely) American drinks with
cocktails, specialist beers, unusual continental bottled beers, reputable brand
ciders & lagers, non-alcoholic & gluten free lager plus a wide range of soft
drinks, minerals & non-alcoholic beers & cocktails.
1.10 The outlet will also include a function room available for hire for
community events, exhibitions and musical gigs. Externally the façade will be
cleaned & new signage will be added. Any new changes to the façade and the
proposed signage will be subject of separate applications in due course. A
fuller Operational Schedule for the proposed outlet is included at Appendix B.
1.11The application seeks an amendment to the opening hours for the outlet.
The hours sought are as follows:-
10.00 – 03.00am daily with performance of recorded music and supply of
liquor, with an extension to 04.00am on New Year’s Eve & Bank Holidays.
The Licence Application seeks the hours of 12.00 – 3.00am for the daily
performance of music.
Be interesting to see what opening hours they get allowed.
Wahaca have put in a planning app to open in 51/53 The Hayes. A decent Mexican chain that always used to have big queues in London.
Already been reported in the 'St Davids Shopping Centre 2013' thread below.
I read that the James Sommerin restaurant in the new building being constructed on Penarth Esplanade is to open in April. Apparently it has 400 bookings already. I know it's not quite Cardiff but I wonder if this restaurant will deliver that elusive Michelin star?
I had long been led to believe that Cardiff's lack of a michelen star restaurant was a big embarrassment.
While it is obviously not great to lack one, we are by no means alone and there are far larger cities that lack one.
Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Belfast, Cardiff and Liverpool are the major cities that lack any Michelin starred restaurants.
Birmingham on the other hand has 4!
I genuinely think the concept of a Michelin star is outdated and bears no impact on anything those days.
Yes, that's true. Even in France it's seen as a bit stuffy.
Granted, a Michelin star would be a real coup for the city but it's not something that the city should try and define itself with. Essentially what the city needs to improve the restaurant/dining out scene is add more diversity, less chains, and more independent establishments (that are of value, and I'm not talking about money here).
In terms of cafés the city doesn't too badly at all imo, I was up in Birmingham recently and I was surprised at how hard it was to find a coffee place or a café that wasn't a starbucks or a Costa.
Planning application today to turn what was Club X (Now 'Base' I think) into appartments.
I don't support that one bit.
Charles Street. Why is there no vision?!
Something called the Gravity Station opening up in the Barrack Lane development -
This seems to be a niche off licence with the ability to 'try before you buy'. I like the sound of it.
The Goscombe Pub in Canton has closed. It appears that Smith & Jones which operated it has gone into administration.
On a happier note, I was in Urban Tap House early on Saturday evening. It was packed out. Good to see.
The White Hart on James Street is shut.
I can't say I'm surprised. It's a cracking pub, but didn't move with the times and was dead in the week.
It's up for sale. Would be a tragedy if it's not taken on as a pub again.
I'm not sure if this is still happening, but came across this design for a revamped Minskys Showbar.
That would be great to be fair. Barrack Lane is pretty decent, and Admiral should change the dynamic of the whole area.
The leaseholder of A.M nightclub on St Mary Street has taken back the venue from its operator due to concerns of irresponsibility that has jeopardised its licence.
Walked passed the new Gravity Station bottleshop/bar on way home tonight. I was going to pop in to buy a couple of beers, but it was packed. Had quite a buzz about it. The real ale scene is really thriving in Cardiff. I hope it's sustainable.
Bacchus (previously Cardiff Arts Institute and Incognito) shut at the end of May and the building is up for sale. Brains must have given up on the venue.
Do we reckon someone else will take it on as a bar? Or restaurant, offices, student accommodation?
As a gay man who lived in Cardiff for 8 years, I must say that the gay scene there died in 2007 when Pulse (or ‘Repulse’ as I call it) opened which then led on to the opening of Wow Bar and 4Play which later became Kings to capitalise on the closure of Kings Cross which in now the Corner House restaurant.
Before that, Charles Street was almost always busy and the clubs were full. Exit and X really were the places to be. The problem with the Cardiff gay scene is that it had too many venues. At one point, there were 11 gay or gay-friendly venues: King’s Cross, Golden Cross, Pulse, Wow Bar, 4Play, Fusion, Eagle, Icon, X, Exit, X:it and Minsky’s. And all of this for a city with a population of 330,000. It was never going to be sustainable.
The idea of a gay village is rather outdated for many reasons. We don’t really need to be ghettoised any more, and a night out in Manchester’s gay village will just show you that it’s more of a place for hen parties and straight women to have a hassle-free night out rather than a place for gay men and lesbians to meet. This is mainly due to the use of mobile app dating services like Scruff and Grindr which have totally destroyed gay nightlife as well as greater tolerance, acceptance and equality generally and the economic downturn. People don’t go out any more. Gays do their dating and meeting over apps. Also, why on earth would somebody want to put up with Wow Bar or Pulse when they can have a much nicer night out in a restaurant or a quiet straight bar?
I have many fond memories of Charles Street, but the kind of gay scene it offered is from an age gone by.
Brewdog on Westgate Street, the old Double Super Happy unit, seems to be a hive of activity at the mo and hopefully should be ready by the end of the month. Do we know what's going in the old Habitat unit yet?
A bierkeller has applied for a licence in what used to be bar riza, millennium plaza
I'd have preferred to see the whole of Millennium Plaza or whatever its called demolished. It's a hateful building. It's odd to think that it's off the beaten track when you consider O'Neills and Prince of Wales are about 200 yards away but such is the mindset of the local populace that you are probably right.
In other news I noticed a sign saying that something like the 'Ultimate Carvery' was opening in the old La Fosse unit underneath Habitat. No prizes for guessing what they will specialize in.
Also does anyone know what's happening in the unit previously occupied by Promised Land in Windsor Place? I'm sure a new bar was due to open 'imminently'.
Cote coming to Mill Lane..
I know it's fashionable to blame the council for every single fault or issue, this is a universal phenomenon in every town and city. However, is not the saturation zone actually a police policy, whereby they automatically issue an objection to any licence application in certain locations?
At least this administration has not blindly conceded to this objection, so credit for that, surely.
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