The Barfly is one of the newest clubs in Cardiff. It's situated opposite Cardiff Castle and i have to admit that i'm a big fan of it. Barfly plays indie music and is a good alternative to the infamous Clwb Ifor Bach that i'm not too impressed with. Prices vary on the door depending on how well known a band is, local bands choose the prices they want to charge so beware! The most i've paid to get in is £7 which was for the Crocketts who i rate as one of my fave new bands, although if you don't really fancy seeing a band then you can go there about 11pm on the weekend and listen to local DJ'S (Mike TV normally who is now on Red Dragon Radio)playing a vast collection of indie bands. This ranges from Welsh bands as the Manics and the Stereos, to the Spiral Carpets and Greenday. This brings me to the fact that i saw James Dean Bradfield there on a Saturday night and so i was well impressed! Some days you can go there and there's only 2 other people than you but other nights it's completely packed. It's a matter of luck really. If you've been working all day and you want to have a sit down then don't go there because there's only a few benches at the back of the room and their always occupied by snoggers. Barfly is basically a basement and not a very large one but the atmosphere makes up for it, although after the smoke machines been used a few times you can't see the other side of the room and sometimes it can get hard to breathe. Drink prices vary with special offers but because on Friday and Saturday Metroes and Clwb Ifor is still very popular prices are very reasonable after 11pm to attract more customers. At the moment there's the offer of three Bacardi Breezers for £5. You should definately pay Barfly a visit if your in the area. Fun will be had by all! p.s.If you went to Barfly a few months ago and wore a funky cardigan i ad
mired you from afar! This brings me to the added point that there are quite a lot of student talent that goes there and is obviously a very positive factor!
As the other opinions on the Barfly club are all positive, I had to put down my thoughts as they differ somewhat. There are 3 Barflys, in London, Sheffield and Cardiff. I write about the one in Cardiff. The barfly is located right in the middle of town, on Kingsway opposite the castle and next to Beatties.(that's if anyone reading does actually decide to go there after reading my op!) The Barfly is open every night from 7 pm till 12, and from Fridays-Saturdays until 2 am. They have bands playing every night, which are always indie and very often local "talent" (Not my idea of talent but there you go!) On Friday and Saturday nights there is an "Indie Disco" called *Fever*. I have never been but my flat mates love it. There is no dress code for the barfly and most people just go in fairly trampy clothes, or possibly wear a nice top for the disco. Typical person you will see propping up the bar is a bloke with shaggy hair, a brown cardigan and puke coloured cordruoys (hence the title of my opinion). When I have been, the cost to get in has been £5-£7 to see the bands. I think that is an utter rip off, especially as the bands are ones that you have never heard of! When you go in, the club is down a steep set of stairs. You have to get your hand stamped before you go in, and it takes days to come off! The club is really nothing more than a darkened basement room. Maybe it's just me, being from a big city, but I expect a bit more than that from a club, even if it is a venue for bands rather than trend central. There is one bar, with two bar staff (who incidentally, always seem to ignore me!). There's a small raised stage at one end of the room where bands perform, with most of the floor used as dance floor/audience area. At the opposite end to the stage are a few booths with seats and tables. It is very dark down that end and often used by snoggers. So
be warned! The lighting system in the barfly seems to consist of an old bloke turning the lights on and off in time to the music. The joys of technology eh? Similarly, the sound system, while very loud, is not really all that and a bag of chips. The cheapest drink are bottles of a dubious mixture called Vodka Ice, at £1.50 a bottle. It's basically a cheap rip off of Smirnoff Ice, which tastes like alcoholic syrup (not nice). After a few of those I felt a bit worse for wear (not drunk I assure you, just ill). The smoke and heat in the room didn't help. There was no ventilation whatsoever, and I really couldn't breathe. I found the people quite annoying, the type that shove you out of the way and stand in front of you when you are trying to watch a band. As I'm only little I can't see over peoples' heads'! So in conclusion, I would say the Barfly is expensive, smoky and very HOT. I suppose the music depends on what night you go on and what bands are playing, but I for one won't be going back. If you really like indie music and are into that scene, and take your own oxygen mask then you might like it! I just think they are ripping off students. But then it is your own choice to go there. Each to his own. It's definitely not my style as far as clubbing goes. Oh yeah, they have a web site too..it's at www.barflyclub.com
Last weekend I went to Cardiff. It was my friends 21st, he's at Uni there and it was my first visit. I thought about writing an op on Cardiff in general but since we didn't see that much of it I think I'll focus on the Barfly club. It might amuse you to first hear of our car journey to Cardiff. In case you don't know Cardiff is situated in South Wales just the other side of the Seven Bridge which transverses the River Avon. Travelling up from Dorset it's a pretty straight forward journey really, head north towards Bristol, keep going, over the bridge and you're there. It should take about 2.5hours from house to house. The roads are pretty normal things with cars passing each other, you have to drive on the left (even when you get into Wales), but one thing to watch out for are the tolls on the Seven Bridge. You only have to pay on the west bound side (pay to get in to Wales, free to get out!). I knew there were tolls there, so I had a bit of change, one thing I didn't realise was that it was going to cost £4.40! It didn't help that we didn't see a sign with the charges on until after we'd gone past the last exit. We found out that the nice people on the tolls won't let you in for £2.16, apparently that isn't enough. We also found out other drivers aren't amused when all the tolls have to be shut so a stupid idiot that didn't have enough money can be taken across all the booths, then over a little bridge back to the other side of the carriageway. Especially a stupid idiot in a nice sexy BMW. (Shameless plug for my lovely car there, if you wanna hear more about it I did write an op on it). The last thing we found out was that Avonmouth (the next nearest town) is actually quite a way from the bridge and seems to take forever to get to. So, if you've ever wondered what happens if you don't have enough money at a toll booth - now you know. Anyway, back to the matter in
hand, the Barfly Cardiff. Before I continue, please bear in mind that by the time we got to the club we were all rather inebriated, so this might not all be 100% accurate, but it's a good as I remember. The Barfly club is situated 5 minutes from the train station. Exit the train station and turn right at the traffic lights (Wood Street). On your right hand side is a JD Wetherspoon pub. At the next set of traffic lights turn left into St Mary's Street. Follow St Mary's Street to the end of the road which incorporates High St. Cardiff Castle should be directly opposite. Turn right at the traffic lights into Duke St. Follow Duke St to Kingsway. Barfly Cardiff is located next door to Beatties. Or from the M4 it's 5 minutes drive. Leave M4 at junction 32, signposted A470 City Centre and follow signs to City Centre (North Road). Carry on past College for Welsh Music and Drama, Police HQ into Kingsway. Barfly Cardiff situated on your left hand side. According to the website it's 180 miles from the nearest tube station, and they suggest getting the train from Paddington, then following the train station directions. I am told that Saturday was indie night (this would fit with the music), and that on different nights they have different things on, and that I should check flyers and the website for more details. We arrived at about 11.30 I think and I think it cost us about £1.50 each to get in. Although that may have been £3.50 it's hard to read those bleary tills. We didn't have to queue at all to get in, and there is a cloakroom situated by the tills. The first thing I noticed was the feeling of a hot wet flannel slapping you round the face as you passed through the lobby area and into the main club. The heat was like no other. It isn't a massive place, and it was packed. It's very dark (duh) and undergroundy feeling, and the dress code was typical student really. (Plenty of denim, scraggy ha
ir, baggy trousers and trainers). I should comment on the price of the drinks, but I?m not really sure how much they cost. I remember seeing a sign up for 'Vodka Ice' £1.50 a bottle, so that's pretty cheap. The music was excellent. It was a mixture of 90s indie (Oasis, Inspiral Carpets, James) 70s rock (the doors and stuff) and a tiny bit of 80s in there too. There were people dancing everywhere, not just at the dance floor, which made for a really good atmosphere. I didn't see any trouble in there; it did have a pretty happy if sweaty vibe. Back to the heat.......the place was so hot the air-conditioning was dripping. Personally I found it difficult to dance to more than one song in a row as I was just getting too hot. Also, although I arrived there slightly merry (cough cough) I didn't have any alcohol while I was there, I was just too dehydrated. By the time we'd been in there an hour it felt like four, and the heat was starting to make me feel sick. Some people were wearing jumpers in there! I'm not sure how they survived it! It's a shame, because besides that I thought the club was great, but because of the heat I'd think twice about going back again.