Academy 297

4.6
84 reviews
£25 and under
Cocktail Bar
Welcome to Academy 297.
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 84 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SteveT
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Exceptionally draughty and cold ( Table 7) - removable windows and roof will be great for fine weather, but not December with cold westerly wind .
Drinks were ok .
Hopefully will revisit in warmer times

KW
KWxxx
Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With panoramic views across the surrounding area of Barry and a relaxing interior, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail at lunchtime!

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SBBJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

More nibbles please. We would have loved some nachos!

GB
GemmaB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning Decor, amazing ambiance and great staff. 100% recommend a visit

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Absolutely loved it. The cocktails were beautiful. Such a beautiful place to get together with friends x

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ChloeH
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and cosy. Drinks were delicious but pricier than other cocktail bars I’ve been to (but still fairly reasonable!). The staff were very friendly and service was quick and easy to order via the QR code. The only thing I was surprised at is that we had a table booked from 7-9pm (when the bar closed due to current restrictions) however we were told just after 8 to make our last orders, so felt a little bit rushed. Other than that, we really enjoyed our evening, and will definitely be back!

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LyndaJ
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall4food1service3ambience4

Lovely venue. Ordering drinks through the scan code is a nightmare & does spoil the evening. Academy should say where the tables are located either in the bar area or the conversatory rea would be help.

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NicolaJ
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and the staff were very helpful and friendly

CM
ClareM
Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous bar, amazing drinks and really friendly and helpful staff who helped make my husbands birthday surprise perfect!

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Lisa
Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In the circumstances with covid restrictions was a lovely 2 hours our waitress was lovely and it was her first shift she was very friendly and chatty
This was our second visit and we will definitely return

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Eddy
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere but very cold and wicker chairs were very uncomfortable, need thicker cushions. Bread very poor with tapenade, was expecting more artisan bread not a white roll with no taste. Not worth £4. Lovely cocktails and friendly service. Music was very loud.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience3

Lovely place, lovely staff, too bright sparks my migraines, need to turn up fridges champagne cocktails always warm .

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MeganB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both cocktails and serivce was amazing. Will definitely be returning in future!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great environment but thought they had food. The nibbles are delicious

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CharlotteRees
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and ambiance, with fantastic drinks service. The drinks menu was nice, but a little limited, however the cocktails themselves were amazing, mostly sweet. It would have been great to have a happy hour to try some more, we wanted to try them all. We tried the bar snacks, which were lovely, but again the menu was limited; understandable as they don’t have a kitchen. The decor was quirky and atmospheric, but we were sat on 2 very low chairs and one high hanging cage chair and a stool. Our party felt odd sitting at different heights, but most tables looked comfortable with tall chairs or comfy seating. It was different! Overall a great night in a nice place, and we couldn’t fault the service.

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SimonT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great service, great drinks but a bit pricey

JD
JohnD
Wales
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We didn’t have any food but there isn’t a star marked N/A so I put good otherwise I couldn’t review the rest which was lovely. Cocktails made with care by friendly staff.

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Daisy
Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was an amazing night and the cocktails were lovely, would definitely go back

LH
LorraineH
Wales
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food1service4ambience5

No food only snacks- peanuts and rice puffs which were good.

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AiyshaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great bar, amazing cocktails, will be visiting again shortly!!

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Nikky
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent night. Felt very safe as tables far apart. However, Cocktails were very potent. Suffered the next day!

LM
LouiseM
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff, great atmosphere, will be returning

ND
NicolaD
Wales
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Perfect Cocktails, and surroundings. Warm welcoming. Cannot wait to come again .

DC
DanielleC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the staff were really accommodating and friendly to us

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AndreaG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn’t eat but drinks, service, atmosphere were all great xx

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amyt
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I asked for a normal table in my request, and I was told we would have to sit in a swinging chair not comfortable at all with that option, so we were placed on an overflow table next to a wall where people were all posing.. We had one drink and left wouldn't return any time soon

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Espresso
Wales
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited friday night and all I can say is - those Espresso Martinis are the bomb.

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AndyC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The Long Island iced tea sharer was just a jug of coke that tasted odd, it kind of tasted like an ashtray.
The red wine seemed to be off - perhaps the bottle had been opened for too long?
Gin was fine, not a lot you can get wrong with that though. If I come again, I’d just stick to the gin.
I’d have a rethink on the Long Island iced tea sharer and the quality of wine. The wine in craft republic is superb, maybe have a word with them.

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Emmab
Wales
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience3

Lovely place , staff lovely but cocktails weren’t great far to sour to drink

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kellieEdwards
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great afternoon at the bar. Staff were friendly and good at their job. Would definitely visit again!

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HollieB
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

covid compliant and very lovely, service was quick and toilets clean

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Corona on tap 🙂
Shame theres not more snacks or bar food available.

LM
LouiseM
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Lovely time in our 2 hour slot, nice atmosphere, great service.

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StevenC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new venue and really good atmosphere. Loving the Corona on tap aswell

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LucyA
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I didnt try the food but it could have more range such a chicken bites, nachos extra.

The cocktails were lovely. Loved the names. Would love more variety of cocktails such as more vodka/ fruity cocktails.

The staff were supper friendly. The decorations are stunning and it was a lovely atmosphere. Had a good time
Will defo be visiting again

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HelenC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance! Cocktails are a must. Would highly reccomend to anyone!

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RebeccaA
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fab place, staff are friendly , lovely vibe . Thanks ..

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Ellie
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so lovely and the cocktails were good-value for money. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience3

Cold and noisy, group of ladies smoking Ecigs!! Staff informed, but nothing done...

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LucyL
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful few hours atmosphere lovely 😊
Can’t wait to be able to stay longer than 2 hours

FAQs

Academy 297 is rated 4.6 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.