The nightlife in Bridgend is entirely what you make of it. You can enjoy a pint or two at one of several great pubs around town. Or if you’d prefer, sip your way through some seriously tasty cocktails at a couple of our favourite bars. It may come as a surprise that there are some seriously late-night club options where you can dance to everything from cheesy disco beats to the latest and greatest house hits.
Nightlife in Bridgend
Bring your appetite to The Haywain and sample the food of one of the best gastropubs in Bridgend. You’ll find it in Brackla, less than a 10-minute drive from both of our Bridgend hotels. It’s a traditional pub with characterful bare stone walls, a wooden bar and one of the best Sunday roasts in the business – and it’s less than a tenner!
If you’re staying at our Bridgend Central hotel, and you’re looking for somewhere to grab a drink nearby, the Red Dragon pub is just a 10-minute walk away and a solid option for a swift half. It’s a Brains pub so you can expect a good selection of beverages, the food’s good value and it’s always reasonably busy so you can enjoy a good atmosphere.
A top town centre option is The Kings Head. It puts on some extremely popular quiz, live music and poker nights, plus you can catch televised football and all of your major sporting events on the myriad TVs. The pub is big, service is fast and friendly and there’s plenty of tipples to choose from.
Saving the best until last, The Coach was named the best pub in Wales by WalesOnline and regularly features as a favourite in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. It’s an excellent microbrewery pub on Cowbridge Road, which you can find towards the bottom of the town centre. There’s a fantastic selection of real ales and ciders to choose from, and the staff is super knowledgeable, so if you can’t make your mind up, don’t be shy to ask for a recommendation. It’s an old-school freehouse, so head down for an enjoyable evening of good drinks, good prices and good craic.
Pubs in Bridgend
It’s one of the smallest nightlife options in town, but The Little Bar on the Bridge has bags full of character. A word to the wise before we begin waxing lyrical: It only fits around 25 people, so there’s a reasonable chance you won’t get in during busier times of the week. You can easily kill a few hours sampling the bar’s extensive selection of beers. There are only ever a few options on tap, but they are always changing (and always delicious), regularly coming from some of the most exciting breweries in the business. Should you manage to drink your way through the wall of taps, turn to the big ol’ fridges filled with bottles and cans from around the world. There’s also a brilliant selection of gin and whisky if you find yourself in the spirit for some spirits.
The Corvo Lounge is a great little cafe bar on Adare Street. It used to be the Queen Victoria Pub, which was once a local favourite for the people of Bridgend. It’s still a popular drinking destination today. The only difference is the decor has been brought kicking and screaming into the stylish present, the food menu has become a bit more creative and a lot more delicious and the drink menu has diversified into some dastardly tasty cocktails.
It’s easy to walk right past Nolton Corner without knowing it’s even there. It’s a discreet doorway just off Nolton Street, but enter and you’ll find yourself winding your way upstairs to a cool bar with a cracking drink menu of craft beers, wine and cocktails. The decor is probably best categorised towards the speakeasy side of the spectrum. It’s open late, it’s always lively and it’s as good a place as any in terms of cocktails.
The Loft Lounge is a popular cafe bar on route to Ogmore Castle, one of our top activities in Bridgend. In terms of food, there are some great tapas options, which are absolutely delicious. They’ll do you a good coffee if you visit during the day, or go after hours for a delectable menu of delicious cocktails.
If you find your foot tapping, your shoulders rolling or your hips wiggling while you enjoy a drink in one of Bridgend’s brilliant bars or pubs, it probably means you want to swap sit-down drinking for dance floors and disco balls. Bridgend’s nightclubs might not be the best in the world, but they’re fun and you can boogie until the early hours of the morning.
Sax on Derwen Road is one of the most popular club options. It’s split across two rooms, occasionally brings a bucking bronco to Bridgend and has one of the latest licenses in town; you can stay out until 4:30 a.m.
The Roof is just a little further up the road. It’s another good option for the younger crowd. On paper, it doesn’t have a whole lot to brag about, but The Roof is all about atmosphere. If you want a lively night, there’s arguably nowhere better.
Your third and final option is to head around the corner onto Market Street to Eden Bar. It’s split across two levels: On the ground floor, you can dance yourself silly to a soundtrack of chart hits, hip-hop and R&B, or make your way upstairs where it’s all about techno and house music.