“ 11 Womanby St., Cardiff CF10 1BR. Tel:029 20 232199. „
Clwb Ifor Bach, also known as the Welsh Club is a must when in Cardiff. All the new up and coming Welsh bands visit it as well as new indie type bands from around the world. It is situated 10 minutes away from Cardiff central train and bus station, on Womanby Street near the Millenium Stadium. The Club has three different floors with different types of music playing on each floor. This includes indie, rock, metal, hip hop, funk, dance, and chart. The bottom floor has plenty of room for dancing and also sitting in groups of friends. The middle floor normally concentrates on funk and is very laid back with lava lamp patterns projected on the walls. The top floor is used for live bands with room no sit down. Student night is on a Tuesday when there are plenty of offers on certain drinks. There is always a good atmosphere and it attracts plenty of people who prefer more indie/rock type of music. The prices to get in vary depending if any live bands are playing or not. You need to become a member if you want to end up there on drunken nights although if you want to see a specific band you can buy tickets prior to the event and not worry abotu membership. The whole concept of Clwb Ifor Bach centres around Wales and the Welsh language. The clwb aims to promote Welsh. Although to become a member you are supposed to be a Welsh speaker or want to increase the knowledge of Wales in general no one bothers to question this when you sign up. Membership costs £2 and lasts a year. Clwb Ifor Bach is the place to be in Cardiff, regularly haunted by members of Welsh bands such as the Manic Street Preachers and Super Furry Animals and you are guarenteed a good time there. If you are not Welsh don't let this put you off as you will be welcomed. Go there!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For years now Clwb Ifor Bach has been the centre of Welsh music in Cardiff, the place to be after rugby internationals. After going down a dubious side street and cuing for a while the entry into Clwb Ifor Bach is via a steep set of steps. Once at the top you enter a small bar area which is brimming with singing Welshmen. Only some five minutes from the Millennium Stadium entry is very reasonable depending on what is happening. The bar is very basic but as the Irish would say the crack is amazing and one of the best night there is after a Wales V Ireland rugby match (except for the last one!!!!!!!). The prices for Beer are average at the Clwb and basic food such as Pasties etc is available but its very much a ?spit and sawdust club? no frills just honest enjoyment. As a youngster I spent many an hour at the club following the welsh music scene, groups that the rest of the UK would not have heard of welsh speaking and singing groups:- · Maffia Mr Huws, · Trwynai Coch, · Edward H, Kelly from the Stereophonics called at the Clwb on his acoustic tour to a packed house. If in Cardiff and you fancy meeting some of the real Welshmen, try Clwb Ifor Bach you will have a friendly night of fun.