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“Jazz anyone?”

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Ranked #31 of 163 things to do in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

This is a well kept secret. Free jazz on a Friday evening and a bar/bistro where you can get decent food and wine. Don't tell anyone!

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

We went there to my cousin's wedding in the 'old' building. It was a lovely venue for both the ceremony and the reception. The food was excellent and beautifully served.

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Reviewed 28 December 2012

The new building which has recently transformed the RWCMD, Wales' National Conservatoire, is an absolute gem and a gift to the city itself. Home to the new young talent who will become the actors, singers, directors, designers, costumiers, producers etc of the future the Richard Burton Theatre and Dora Stoutzker concert hall are absolutely first rate. The cafe and concourse are inviting and the terrace overlooking the listed Bute Park is a little materstroke. The college has exceeded its brief of being among the best places to train for the cultural industries and has become a great public venue whether you're enjoying a lunchtime concert, popping in for coffee or mingling in the packed Friday jazz sessions. The place is alive with music and theatre and a quick coffee or early evening drink can frequently be accompanied by singers rehearsing in the concourse - making a casual drop in a very special experience. The year round ticketed performance programme is rich and varied and the venue is available for corporate and wedding hire. We use it for social and leisure occasions and have had some of our most successful business events there too. The venue is great for cycling as one path comes through Bute Park and makes a lovely ride - however public cycle racks are not well surveilled and it can be a hotspot for bike theft. I'm hoping the venue will sort this out and make better, more secure provision. Check parking arrangements beforehand, but walking is easy from city centre. Definitely worth a visit and convenient for Cardiff's spectacular Castle and Bute Park, Cathays Park and Gorsedd Gardens and the National Museum Cardiff with its outstanding collections.

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Reviewed 4 December 2012

The cafe section is located on the ground floor of this fairly new building. The prices were excellent especialy the coffees abnd teas. It has high, tall, windows which lets you overlook the fantastic Bute Park. It can get busy with a lot of students also using the cafe but all that adds to the ambience of this cafe area.Free jazz is on offer from 5.15pm every Friday during term time. This is one cafe which should not be missed when you are in Cardiff next.

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Reviewed 14 October 2012

A stunning building with two good music/drama venues that makes this worth a visit but there is some room for improvement. The lack of any dedicated parking means you need plenty of time prior to a performence. The same can be said for the cafe/bar. Reminded me of a canteen complete with queues. We ordered tapas from a menu much shorter than that advertised on the website, and then had to sit and wait for 40 mins for it to arrive. Bar staff said it could only sell wine by the glass but four tables within our view had full bottles on them. When the meal was eventually plonked down we discovered we had to go looking for a knife and fork. What was presented was tasty and very good value for money.

We would visit again to see a performance but perhaps we should eat at home first.

1  Thank Denis9
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