Our round-up of the best nightlife in Llandudno includes trendy cocktail bars, end-of-the-pier cocktail bars, real ale pubs and several late-night dancing clubs.
Nightlife in Llandudno
If you’re looking for a mini pub crawl, the area around the Llandudno Pier and North Shore Beach is a great place to start. And the Cottage Loaf – or simply The Loaf to locals – is a great place to start, and easy to get to from our Llandudno North hotel as it’s a 15-minute walk around the Promenade. A traditional Welsh country pub with wooden beams, a roaring oak fire in winter, solid oak furniture, cask ales and the sort of homemade food that screams ‘hearty,’ it’s right in the middle of the action on Market Street opposite Llandudno Town Hall.
If old, traditional pubs are your thing, then they don’t come much older or more traditional than the Kings Head. The oldest pub in town, they have an excellent food menu spanning sharing tapas plates, traditional pub classics and a popular Sunday roast which you can enjoy by a roaring fire in winter or in their sun-trap beer garden in the summer. They also run quiz nights every Tuesday and Wednesday and regular live music sessions.
A short walk away towards the pier is Queen Victoria, a welcoming Victorian pub and restaurant stocked with real ales and lagers and a decent range of wines, cocktails and spirits. Meat-eaters will love the Stone Steak restaurant upstairs as well, where you can order an array of exotic meats and fish direct to your table on a hot lava stone so you can cook it just as you like, with plenty of infused butters and dipping sauces to choose from.
Heading onto Madoc Street behind the Victoria Centre, The Albert is yet another Victorian pub with a prime location. Home to one of the best real ale lineups in Llandudno, the cosy wood-lined pub has built up a strong following thanks to its warm welcoming, regular quiz nights and well-above-average pub grub.
Finally, Tapps Micropub on the other side of Madoc Street is well worth checking out for its huge range of craft beers and real ales featuring some of the best local brewers. With friendly bar staff, plenty of board games and a tasty range of deli and bar snacks, it’s the perfect haven for beer drinkers – and as it’s a shop as well, you can even take your favourite bottles and cans home with you after your session.
Bars in Llandudno
700m out to sea on the town’s pier, there are few better spots for a sundowner than Ocean’s Bar. Located right at the end of the pier, the bar has amazing views out across the bay and back towards Llandudno and, unsurprisingly, gets very busy when the sunshine strikes with plenty of al fresco seating. Inside, the decor is a little tired, but grab a table near the window and one of their Welsh gin and tonics and you can’t go wrong.
Just down from the Llandudno Pier is Snooze, a popular wine and cocktail joint open until 11.30pm at the weekend. A smart bar – so much so that there’s a loosely enforced dress code – Snooze have one of the best drinks menus in Llandudno spanning a wide range of wines, cask ales, premium whiskies as well as a wide range of Peruvian and Colombian coffees and loose leaf herbal teas. And if you get peckish after working your way through the drinks cabinet, they do a great range of tapas dishes and gourmet stone-baked pizzas including vegetarian, vegan and dairy- and gluten-free options.
Carrying on the bar-crawl theme, head around the corner to Mostyn Street and you’ll find Fountains. A busy café during the day that turns into a late-night hub, it stays open until 3am at the weekends and a variety of guest DJs. The small bar can get busy at night, with drinkers sprawling out onto the covered smoking terrace, while they also do a decent range of bar food in the evenings and one of the best value breakfast deals in town.
Sticking on Mostyn Street, Harvey’s New York Bar & Grill is just as it sounds, an American-themed diner with a lively neon-lit bar. If you’re just drinking, grab a table at the bar opposite the miniature Statue of Liberty and check out their range of cocktails, but we’d suggest getting a table – if only so you could get some onion rings, nachos or fajitas to help wash down the drinks. And maybe one of their luxury shakes.
Just a 10-minute walk from our Llandudno North hotel, Sinatra’s have an imaginative range of cocktails served in contemporary glasses and one of the best collections of gin in Llandudno. Housed in a trendy New York-style bar and lounge, the food is equally as good, covering sharing plates and snacks, a full lunch and dinner menu and a delicious range of desserts and homemade cakes.
A lively seaside resort, Llandudno has plenty to offer when the sun dips down behind Great Orme. Most of the nightlife action is centred in or around the Promenade which is where you’ll find Broadway Boulevard. Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night until 3am, the three-tiered club plays a wide range of dance music including hip hop, EDM and house music as well as hosting guest ‘celebrity’ appearances.