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Motel Nights, Cardiff, Wales

Motel Nights

4.6
4.6
87 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!"

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Cafe Dining

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 17:00–23:00
    Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    07375 503062

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Something different every day of the week:<br />Wednesday - Wings<br />Thursday - Clwb Seoul<br />Friday - Side Piece Street Food<br />Saturday - Side Piece Street Food

  • Private party facilities

    Private hire of the full venue is available on Sunday - Tuesday for private functions, photoshoots and filming opportunities
    Please email concierge@motelnights.co.uk for information and fees.

Menu

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What 87 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. SH

    StefanieH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We didn't actually eat but it wouldn't let me submit without putting something so i put the same as everything else. I liked the vibe of the place and our servers were lovely. The drinks were nice but quite pricey for the size. I would definitely come back but maybe on a Friday night when there's 241 rather than a Saturday night. I'm glad this area has a few places to visit now.

  2. MS

    MaredS

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall4food1service4ambience4

    Really enjoyed our evening , but we’re disappointed that we weren’t told that the food had to be ordered by a certain time . we were planning on eating there and were given menus But when we went to order at 8.45 we were told that the food van had closed . So we had to leave and go for a curry which was a shame as we would have liked to stay all night ! Please tell customers when the food is due to stop in future! Otherwise we had a great time

  3. R

    Rawr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  4. NJ

    NJandfamily

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  5. SD

    StephenD

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  6. L

    Lara

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  7. LD

    LeahD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  8. PB

    PaigeB

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  9. DH

    DanielH

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  10. SL

    StuartL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Nice venue, limited menu but good food with vegan option

  11. BG

    BethanyG

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  12. A

    Alicesaffron

    1 review

    5.0

    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 !!!

  13. MG

    MGJx

    1 review

    4.0

    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 👍🏻

  14. O

    Ows4

    1 review

    1.0

    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.

  15. LG

    LucyG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and chilled atmosphere. Staff friendly and welcoming

  16. AN

    AN123

    1 review

    4.0

    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!

  17. d

    djleekee

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  18. KU

    KristiU

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  19. CW

    CariW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    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

  20. B

    Bhushan

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  21. YR

    YvonneR

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience1

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

  22. RS

    RebeccaS

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    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

  23. A

    Arran

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  24. T

    Totti

    1 review

    4.0

    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

  25. RR

    RosieR

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  26. CW

    CharlesW

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    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

  27. CR

    CRAIGS

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and great atmosphere! Plenty of parking too.

  28. HR

    HRLN

    1 review

    1.0

    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.

  29. L

    Laurensworld46

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  30. NH

    NiklasH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good service, great music and atmosphere and good drinks.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the vibe, good cocktails!

  32. S

    Shannon

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  33. LR

    LRC1

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    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.

  34. G

    Gary

    1 review

    5.0

    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….

  35. T

    Tajw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

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

  36. L

    Lola

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  37. A

    Anoymustard

    1 review

    5.0

    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!!!

  38. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    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

  39. C

    Cadwgan

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

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

  40. NS

    NikkiS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Motel Nights is rated 4.6 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 17:00–23:00
    Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Cafe Dining

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    07375 503062

  • Catering

    Something different every day of the week:<br />Wednesday - Wings<br />Thursday - Clwb Seoul<br />Friday - Side Piece Street Food<br />Saturday - Side Piece Street Food

  • Private party facilities

    Private hire of the full venue is available on Sunday - Tuesday for private functions, photoshoots and filming opportunities
    Please email concierge@motelnights.co.uk for information and fees.

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