Swansea is fast becoming one of the UK’s most talked about locations, be it for an evening out with family or drinks with friends. From pub grub to exclusive menus, ale to fine wine or a little bit of live music, Swansea Bay teems with nocturnal tradition and boasts a variety of pubs and clubs.
Wind Street is the place to party and a prime area for bar-hopping and many nightclubs.
The Swansea suburb of Uplands is becoming an alternative attraction to the city centre’s Wind Street, with a variety of new bars and restaurants opening their doors, helping to confirm its cosmopolitan status.
In Swansea Bay we love our ‘live’ music scene and you’ll find gigs taking place every night.
Swansea Bay boasts a whole raft of venues to enjoy live performances, Music, and Cinema including new 3D cinemas in Llanelli, Carmarthen and Neath.
A range of cultural entertainment can be found across Swansea Bay, from opera and ballet to drama, plays, dance, rep, musicals as well as film and comedy nights. Choose from Swansea’s Grand Theatre, Dylan Thomas Theatre or Taliesin Arts Centre. Carmarthenshire offers Y Ffwrnes, a brand new cultural and arts centre in Llanelli, The Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen and Ammanford Miners Theatre. In Neath Port Talbot culture vultures can visit The Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot, the Gwyn Hall, Neath Little Theatre and Pontardawe Arts Centre!
Food & Drink
Swansea Bay is developing a reputation as an exciting place to eat out. The café culture is expanding with a huge number of venues from beachside to dockside, city centre to remote romantic villages. There’s definitely something to suit every pocket. Home cooks are spoilt for choice too with a wide range of tempting local delicacies to choose from…
Fish and Chip Shops – Wales hosts a number of top quality fish and chip shops which deliver delicious food and great customer service. Hikary’s Fish Bar (link to a news story) in Neath, has been named as one of the best in Wales as part of the National Fish and Chip Shop awards 2014 and is certainly worth the visit
Welsh Black Beef – is available at restaurants and butchers throughout the region. This breed of beef is renowned for its taste
Gower Salt Marsh Lamb – The sheep that graze on Gower’s tidal marshes gain their nourishment from a unique pasture of saltmarsh grasses, samphire, sorrel, sea lavender and thrift, giving the meat its distinctive flavour. Gower Salt Marsh Lamb awarded prestigious gold prize (link to news story on external website)
Cheese – Carmarthenshire Cheeses ‘Kid Me Not’ goats cheese and Caws Cenarth have won some of the industry’s top awards at the prestigious British Cheese Awards
Cockles and Laverbread – have been collected from Swansea bay since Roman times and have been sold in Swansea since the middle ages. Laverbread is boiled edible seaweed collected from the coastline. Both are available at markets, restaurants and food stores throughout the region as delicacies
Ice Cream – The region hosts not one but four award winning ice-cream makers. Carmarthenshire’s Mario’s and Frank’s ice cream, and Swansea’s Joe’s and Verdis are all well worth a visit.
Try a tour of the Penderyn Distillery (link to external website) and see the whisky-making process close up as well as learning about the importance that wood and water plays in the success of the whisky!
Or why not arrange a visit to Hurns Brewery (link to external website);makers of Tomos Watkin ales such as Cwrw Haf (Summer Ale). These locally brewed beers are now sold in the USA and in a number of European countries.
So whether it’s a meal, leisurely drinks with friends, opera, rock, folk or jazz, catching up with latest film releases or a night at the theatre you’ll never be short something to do any evening of the week.