Motel Nights

4.6
79 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 79 people are saying
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PaigeB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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StuartL
Wales
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice venue, limited menu but good food with vegan option

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BethanyG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 September 3, 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 September 3, 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
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and chilled atmosphere.
Staff friendly and welcoming

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AN123
1 review
Dined on August 26, 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
1 review
Dined on August 14, 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 August 10, 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
1 review
Dined on August 7, 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 August 6, 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
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 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 August 4, 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
Wales
1 review
Dined on July 31, 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 July 23, 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 July 20, 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.

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CharlesW
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 16, 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 July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great atmosphere!

Plenty of parking too.

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HRLN
1 review
Dined on July 3, 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 July 2, 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 June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, great music and atmosphere and good drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe, good cocktails!

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ShannonM
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LRC1
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 17, 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
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 17, 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 June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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Lola
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Anoymustard
1 review
Dined on June 11, 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 June 11, 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
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 11, 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 June 8, 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 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
1 review
Dined on June 4, 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!!!

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CatrinW
Wales
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gyros night, much bigger than expected (good thing) and tasted great

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BethB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved my Motel Nights visit! Potentially my new favourite cocktail place in Cardiff...

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Betty
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Booked a table but it was unorganised when arrived. No heating outside. No decoration attempts outside. Inside looked nice. Waited 1 hour for drinks. Drinks were nice once arrived. Some staff more helpful than others.

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SALLYB
Wales
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

All of the staff were super friendly, but they were stretched with the table service, perhaps ordering on your phone would help with this, it would also make it easier to pay and split bills.

I was a great start to the night though!

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Kate
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, friendly staff and good value cocktails!

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BethB
Wales
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We didn’t eat at the venue just had drinks. We were situated by the food trailer & the smell was quite over powering. It wasn’t the best table but the service was good and so was the atmosphere. Our two hour slot went fast 💨

FAQs

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

Motel Nights is rated 4.6 stars by 79 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 reservations at the moment.