Motel Nights

4.6
85 reviews
£25 and under
Cocktail Bar
"Just a stone's throw away from Victoria Park in Canton we are a brand new café, bar & event space in a unique location with bags of character. Great coffee, great food, and an atmosphere never seen before in Cardiff!

Centred around a strong community vibe, during the day our space lends itself to co-working space as well as an open plan coffee shop, open to the public, serving food and drink. When the sun goes down the motel comes alive under a seductive glow of neon playing host to a variety of in house events as well as a fully private bookable venue. With a sheltered outdoor space and street food served 'til late, the motel will be the perfect place to host your long-overdue birthday party and private functions.

We value good times first and foremost, and our space is centred around that!"

Experiences

  • Optional Booking Contribution

    £1.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    This small contribution will help keep the disco balls turning. Alternatively, select 'No Thanks' to continue with your booking free of charge.

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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 85 People Are Saying
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Rawr
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vibe, lovely food (they had Queen Pepiada arepas) and great service. The best music in the bar, too 😍

NJ
NJandfamily
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ate from pop up, Keralan Karavan, and it was fantastic. The food was delicious and the service from Keralan Karavan was great. The main was maybe a little overpriced, but the skill and effort that went into it was second to none.

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StephenD
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the evening. Would highly recommend for the food and the venue!!!

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Lara
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really fun atmosphere. We went for the movie and vegan pan Asian food. It was all lovely, on the higher end price wise but a really great range of beers that aren’t available in your average pub and food was really great. It was very rainy but we sat under the canopy which kept us dry.

LD
LeahD
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lush food, great service, amazing setting. I’ll be back!

PB
PaigeB
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Second time coming to Motel Nights and it’s lovely! Cocktails are delicious and the 241 was a great deal! Food was also really tasty!
Looking forward to coming back for their birthday celebration in a couple weeks!

DH
DanielH
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great venue, really good drinks and the food on offer was fantastic. Cool vibes, friendly and helpful staff too!

SL
StuartL
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice venue, limited menu but good food with vegan option

BG
BethanyG
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Wonderful bar, vibrant atmosphere only down side is we didn't know that food wasn't served till after half 6 so we didn't have time to stay and try it!

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Alicesaffron
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small venue a couple minutes drive out from Cardiff town centre. Went with friends for some cocktails which were amazing and the food was great. The owner was super friendly, would 100% recommend !!!

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MGJx
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Music and atmosphere was amazing. Loved the set up. Drinks were great, especially the Margaritas 🍸
Food took a while to be served but the place was busy so understandable. The sauce on a lot of the food was too spicy for me personally. I would have preferred a milder or naked option. Overall great venue. Would definitely return 👍🏻

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Ows4
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Waited over an hour and a half for food and it still wasn’t ready. No offer for discount as an apology. The waiter was very polite, just a shame we had a disappointing night there.

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LucyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and chilled atmosphere.
Staff friendly and welcoming

AN
AN123
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall4food2service1ambience3

Quiz was slightly disappointing compared to a previous week (5th August) - only 2 rounds. Host didn’t seem too engaged.
Food took an hour to arrive and we weren’t told when we ordered that the sauce had almost ran out. This meant the Korean chicken was just friend chicken with a drizzle of sauce!

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djleekee
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

No actual sign outside the venue but instead a giant letter A.

Great ambience inside the bar room complete with funky soundtrack and glitter ball. Visit the toilets for more glitter ball action.

Most of the food on the menu is gluten free and cooked fresh and was delicious.

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KristiU
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Loved our visit to motel nights. I had a lovely watermelon gin and my husband had a peach larger which was lush. We went of Tuesday for a pizza from fizz n flour and we weren’t disappointed the pizzas were gorgeous.

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CariW
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and amazing staff. The staff were super friendly and very attentive, made us feel welcome

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Bhushan
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to drink and eat and spend time with friends. Friendly helpful staff. Disco ball heaven. Awesome disco & funk tunes.

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YvonneR
South Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Have waited a long time to go here. Rather overrated, and not really clean.

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RebeccaS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a cool place. Great decor, music, service. So great to have a small independent bar. Absolutely banging cocktails too

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Arran
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Drinks were great and the staff were very lovely and friendly however the 45 minute wait for cocktails were the only problem. I would highly recommend extended your bar or making another bar outside so the drinks can flow more frequently. Other than that I loved it! Thank you.

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Totti
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Fantastic place, drinks were great!!
Wouldn’t order food again meatball sandwich wasn’t worth the price

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RosieR
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere at Motel Nights and there's always amazing food on offer! Awesome Vegan options and always something new here to try.

CW
CharlesW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, great vibe and a real Gem
Difficulty in finding the entrance. As it is out the way but deffo worth a visit x

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CRAIGS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great atmosphere!

Plenty of parking too.

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HRLN
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

We were really looking forward to our visit but unfortunately left after 30 mins. Has potential to be a really nice bar, but it just needs a bit of money put into it. Furnishings are random, everything feels abit old, and just weird being sat in an actual car park with only a cheap glitter curtain separating it. It’s less retro/rustic and more just cheap. Cocktails undrinkable and food sub-par with limited choice. Staff are really really lovely, but we just didn’t understand the vibe.

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Laurensworld46
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flippin’ delightful evening! Had a great time, super accommodating, great drinks, great food. Lush night.

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NiklasH
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, great music and atmosphere and good drinks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe, good cocktails!

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Shannon
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best place in Cardiff......and the cocktails are absolutely dreamy!!❤❤

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LRC1
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Usually love this place but last night was a bit of a fail. Booked a table inside but wasn't made aware at the time of booking that a quiz would be in progress - so our party of 3 were seated outside instead. Usually fine but there were mozzies everywhere and we were all bitten (obviously not staff's fault but would have been good to have been warned that we'd have to be seated outside!) There were a few tables of larger groups who were very rowdy and boisterous - parties seemed to know each other as kept running around the sheltered spaces in between tables and switching seats etc with no social distancing/masks. Appreciate people having a drink and a laugh but we could barely conduct our own conversation due to the noise and interruptions, squealing, screeching and singing. Felt a bit like being in the students union at 3am on a Saturday, not a random bar in the suburbs on a Thursday evening. Wasn't exactly a relaxing experience for a few post-work drinks.

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Gary
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. We definitely aim to come as close as we can to last place in the quiz every time we do it….

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Tajw
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff, really dog friendly, great cocktails and vegan options.

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Lola
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and vibes ⭐️ Good value for money too.

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Anoymustard
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this place by accident... but it was a great accident. Great vibe and lush cocktails. Service was great, really lovely and friendly staff.

Looking forward to going again soon!!!

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is an absolute gem added bonus its dog friendly. Staff are fabulous
Already recommended to lots of people

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Cadwgan
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent choice of beers and cocktails, had a wonderful cheesecake as well.

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NikkiS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake’s Tacos we’re AMAZING! The location and ambience is so nice for a friendly catch up with pals. Have been before and will return!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Nice enough place but didn’t live up to expectations entirely. I feel like this place has some potential but it’s missing the ambience. Tables and chairs are in a car park, and the tables and chairs themselves on our table were a little grubby. Two different songs were playing at the same time from inside and the gyros kitchen.

Service was quite slow. It took about 5 mins for anyone to notice we were waiting to be seated when we arrived. Then another 10 mins to take our order once we’d been seated, even though it seemed the bar staff were attending to other tables who had been there for a while before even taking our first order. Service got a little better the longer we were there. We were given very little notice that the time on our table had run out. We were told that it had run out and that we needed to leave immediately, and offered takeaway cups as we had all just received fresh drinks. We were then told it was fine and that we could stay a few hours longer.

Drinks selection was pretty extensive, the Jubel Alpine Peach is delicious and not something I’ve seen served on draft at any other bar. Prices seemed a little high for Cardiff, I’ve paid less in many many bars in London.

Overall, our experience wasn’t awful, but neither was it anything to rave about. This spot is nice enough but there are other bars in the Canton area that I would prioritise going to over here. As I mentioned there is a lot of potential here as the concept is cool, but it’s not quite there yet.

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HannahL
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails and food was absolutely brilliant!!! The service was good the staff were friendly and really fast bringing drinks and food to the table.

The only noise really was the trains passing but it didn’t bother me!! It was lovely to be out and the weather was great!!!

FAQs

Motel Nights offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 07375 503062.

Motel Nights is rated 4.6 stars by 85 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.