Coyote Ugly Cardiff Hen Do

Coyote Ugly Cardiff
Coyote Ugly Cardiff

Coyote Ugly Cardiff Hen Do

Organising a Cardiff hen do can be pretty stressful, but living within easy striking distance of a crazy city like Cardiff made my job a lot easier  – and the timing was ideal, thanks to the huge buzz around the opening of the UK’s first ever Coyote Ugly bar. After all, Coyote Ugly just happens to be one of our bride-to-be’s favourite films ever – so our Cardiff hen party plans were soon in motion!  Lets dive in to my Coyote Ugly Cardiff Hen Do.

Coyote Ugly Cardiff

Coyote Ugly - New York - London & now Cardiff

The original Coyote Ugly Saloon opened its doors in New York way back in 1993, inspiring the 2000 cult film of the same name, but this brand new bar in Wales’s capital – rumoured to be twice the size of any other in Wales – is the latest launch from the famous American chain.

 

The building used to house the old Square Club, right in the heart of Cardiff, on St Mary Street – making it ideal for hens like us who are arriving by train into Cardiff Central, which thankfully (tottering along in heels…) is only a short walk away.

Coyote Ugly Cardiff

It's not all about the Coyotes

The bar is pretty big with a rustic design and a capacity of about 900. The female staff, known as “Coyotes”, are super confident and full of energy: serving up drinks as well as singing, entertaining and dancing on the bar, giving the place a really great atmosphere.

 

They genuinely seem to be having a good time, so you’d have to be a real misery not to get sucked into the whole party spirit.

Coyote Ugly Cardiff

Your last night of freedom? "Girl, you could be dancin' on the floor!"

If you’re organising a hen party you can book in to train up as a Coyote during the day, if you fancy strutting your stuff in front of a packed bar – because once night falls you are then called up onto the bar to test out your new-found moves.

 

In our case, I wasn’t sure the bride-to-be would fully appreciate being dragged in front of an audience, and us Maids of Honour have to remember that a successful hen party needs to deliver exactly what the hen is after.

Coyote Ugly Cardiff

Wild and chaotic it is

So I organised a booth for the evening to accommodate our whole party group, and we just enjoyed kicking back and watching the entertainment instead of providing it – although that’s not to say we didn’t create some carnage on the dance floor once we’d had a suitable number of shots.

 

From what we can remember collectively (which is foggy and fabulous in equal measures) we had a thoroughly great night out, and would definitely go back there for other celebrations.

 

Cardiff has always offered heaps of choice when it comes to great bars, clubs and music venues, but Coyote Ugly definitely brings an extra dose of fun to the capital. If you’re easily offended, this is not the place to spend your evening: quite a few people get soaked, lose a few items of clothing along the way, and behave in a raucous manner. Classy and quiet it is not.

 

Wild and chaotic it is – and if that’s your idea of fun, it delivers it in bucket loads. Hire yourself one of the 40 booths, tuck into some American barbecue food to thoroughly line your stomach, and then get stuck in to some serious drinking and dancin’!

 

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Top 10 Cardiff Activities
Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Whether you’re planning a trip to the city or you already live in the Welsh capital, it’s good to have a decent list of Cardiff activities to keep you entertained. There are plenty of options in our top 10 Cardiff activities list below covering everything from family days out and weekends with your friends to stag dos, hen parties and birthdays.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Welsh Games - Cardiff's #1 Activity

When it comes to sheer unadulterated fun, there’s nothing quite like the experience that you can get from Welsh Games. From a bucking bronco sheep to water rides, gladiator style battles, dragon races and sumo suit wrestling, it’s got everything you need to make a hen party, stag do, birthday or corporate event a very memorable occasion.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Go Karting

TeamSport Go-Karting Cardiff covers a lot of bases, providing go-kart racing for large groups or small family parties. It’s got a new multi level 500 meter go-kart track for you to blitz around on and the 200CC karts mean that you can get up to 40mph and an average lap time of just 41 seconds. It’s based just outside the city centre, so it’s pretty easy to get to if you’re planning to do a few activities in Cardiff on the same day.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Escape Rooms

Think The Crystal Maze meets Krypton Factor and Cluedo and you’re not too far away from the general concept of Escape Rooms Cardiff. Essentially, you get trapped inside one of a number of themed rooms and you’ll have an hour to get out. You’ll need to find clues, solve puzzles and work out codes to make it out on time.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Treetop Adventure Golf

Based inside Cardiff’s Saint David’s shopping centre, Treetop Adventure Golf is a great activity that can last as little as 45-minutes or as long as you want with two different 18-hole courses to play. There’s Tropical Trail, which is designed like an Amazonian jungle and Ancient Explorer, which is styled like a trek through the Inca kingdom, so there’s a good amount of variation for return trips.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

St Fagans

The National Museum of History at St Fagans is a great day out and while it is incredibly family friendly, there’s plenty to see and do for anyone. Admittedly it’s not going to be on anyone’s stag or hen do activity lists, but if you’re looking for something to do on the weekend then it’s an easy win. You can visit historical shops from the early 19th century, learn about roundhouses from the Iron Age and walk around the exceptional grounds of the museum, which are equal to any National Trust property.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

National Museum Cardiff

With a great selection of permanent exhibitions that range from natural history to a stunning art collection, as well as a steady stream of special exhibitions, there’s plenty to see at the National Museum Cardiff. The Evolution of Wales galleries are worth the trip for all by themselves, taking you from dinosaurs and prehistory, right the way up to the modern day.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Cardiff International Pool

Cardiff International Pool is way more than just a place to go for a swim with its lazy river, jacuzzis and water park slides. It’s a great family activity and a lot of fun for friends with Cardiff Bay and the marina just around the corner, so it can easily be a part of a bigger day trip to the seafront side of Cardiff activities.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Cardiff International White Water

Also located close to Cardiff Bay is the International White Water Centre, where you can learn to take on the rapids on the incredible course that they have at the facility. Cardiff activities include canoeing, kayaking and white water river rafting for individuals, families and larger groups.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Boulders Indoor Climbing centre

Continuing with more action activities, Boulders is a great option if you want to flex your shoulder muscles and finger grip skills. It’s got a number of different walls to scale for all ages and abilities, so you can start out with easy climbs and work your way up to the trickier runs.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Rugby games

If you like your activities to be more spectator-based and you love to watch a little sport, there are plenty of Cardiff activities that tick these boxes. While there’s cricket at Sophia Gardens and football at Cardiff City Stadium, it’s the rugby that the Welsh capital is most renowned for.

 

Cardiff Blues games run from August to May at the Arms Park and there are international games at the millennium Stadium during autumn and for the Six Nations in February and March, so there’s a steady stream of opportunities to experience the great atmosphere that Cardiff has to offer.

Guest blog by Gerard Harris, editor of Tuppence Magazine