Academy 297

4.6
142 reviews
£25 and under
Cocktail Bar
Welcome to Academy 297.
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 142 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RichardH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

100% would recommend Academy297 to friends as a good place to go for a drink.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. We were seated by the window which was open, but it was very hot when we were there and felt all the windows should be open. Cocktails were very tasty but felt there could have been more options on the menu. We didn’t have food so cannot comment on that. Would definitely recommend and will be visiting again just hope theres more of a selection.

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SianW
Wales
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fab place, amazing and different cocktails, fast service

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LouiseB
Wales
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing afternoon, staff couldnt do enough for us, atmosphere chilled , cocktails beautifully presented stunning place and views from the top , cant wait to return and experience it at night 😉🍹🍸

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jennywren
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Finally get to enjoy an evening of cocktails at Barrys first roof top bar.. and it was worth waiting for. From its chic boho decor to an extensive range of cocktails this place has a welcoming ambience where its easy to relax and soak up the evening skyline ..drinks are perfectly presented and service is top notch ..will definitely be back

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BeckyM
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

More tapas on menu would be fab!! The ones that are available are lovely though

KM
KateM
Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was outstanding and the cocktails delicious. Great gem in the town of Barry.

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StevieH
Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely beautiful place with wonderful service. Can not wait to come back 🥰

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Kerri
Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great oasis. Felt very welcomed and looked after. Amazing quality cocktails. Cannot wait to visit again. Thank you

DD
DawnD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

There were 6 of us sat at the high tables. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of the bar.
Great service using the app. Always very quick and efficient.

CC
CClemo
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening with family. Will definitely be coming back

JG
JohnG
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, love the menu, perfect way to spend your afternoon at the rooftop bar

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KellyO
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Relaxed friendly bar with a good range of cocktails and drinks. Only issue i had was it was a very hot day and there is not enough ventilation. All the windows need to be open if you weren't lucky enough to be sat next to one.

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LouiseM
Wales
5 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great visit.
The let down was how hot it was up there , and not all windows/ roof panels were removed. It was the hottest day of the year, and most windows left on.

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SophC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff, incredible cocktails and a really beautiful area to sit in!

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JodieF
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

It looks lovely in there, really looking forward to it however it was like sitting in a green house. It's was uncomfortably warm and oppressive and when we asked a staff member if we could open a window, he told us he didn't know where the tool was to do it and just left us to it. We ended up only staying for 45 mins of a 2 hour slot as it was unpleasantly hot. Also, when we asked for some bread and olives the response was the bread was still defrosting.

LM
LouiseM
Wales
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic time as always, great atmosphere, music was really good , cocktails were amazing .
However it was a really hot day & was a real shame more of the side windows weren’t removed , it was extremely hot in there, so some more ventilation on a sunny day would have been nice.
Great experience though!

CH
ClaireH
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice atmosphere, nice staff..will def go back..bar really nicely decorated

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RoseW
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great, friendly staff and a trendy, comfortable and stylish venue. The cocktails were amazing! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

really lovely evening, staff were great really well organised and can’t wait to come back in June ☺️

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Hellsbells
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

Great experience once again. More choice of nibbles would be nice

LM
LouiseM
Wales
5 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely get together for a birthday

AE
AlunE
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite venue for a coffee or a beer . Very efficient service and staff . Booked in again later 👍

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great service lovely setting good vibes we will be returning 😃

JB
JessicaB
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, lovely drinks with fab service. Only negative is that we ordered Sofa bread with oil and balsamic when it arrived the sofa bread was stale and hard. We did however put this down to it being towards the end of the night.

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Hollie
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

such a lovely atmosphere, staff are friendly and it’s very clean.
The hand sanitizer doesn’t have the nicest smell! ha ha

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Ellie
Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Loved this place, drinks are amazing, staff very friendly, looks amazing, could have more options for food

CB
CharlotteB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a gorgeous venue. Beautiful decor and such a lovely atmosphere. Amazing drinks and excellent staff! Would highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Evening out with the wife great drinks and cocktails and lovely chilled atmosphere

JE
JadeE15andbeyond
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really lovely decor and nice staff. Cocktails were great.

Despite the strange weather at the moment it wasn't too cold or windy.

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BeverleyR
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fantastic evening here with friends. Staff helpful and chatty. Lovely setting. Nice feel to the place. Wonderful cocktails. Will definitely return again soon , staff very helpful and excellent service

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BecciL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it there, lush atmosphere and great place for drinks and a catch up x

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Huwbert
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did not have any food but other people were eating nibbles and it looked very good.

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KatieW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely place, our drinks were wonderful and the atmosphere was so comfortable.

SJ
SJSmith
Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Served quickly once arrived. Explained how everything worked. Had a lovely evening. Perfect night.

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NickyNoo
Wales
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the roof top bar cocktails were lush and we stayed dry and wqrm even though the weather was hideous its a bit pricey but u expect that as its not just a random pub its a gorgeous setting with lovely professional staff we will be back

LB
LiaB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff are always so lovely. Love it here

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BethanC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food2Service4Ambience5

Overall a lovely night at Academy 297 - would recommend to friends and family. Beautifully set on the top floor of the new Good Sheds at Barry Waterfront development, the bar is tastefully decorated and provides fantastic views. Lovely seating with a variety of options; benches, stools, single seats etc pillows and screens provide a comfortable atmosphere. Staff were super friendly and attentive, which can be hard with the set up (ordering via phone etc) but they nailed it. Drinks were really nice and accommodated all tastes (*cocktails, larger, soft drinks and hot drinks for the designated driver). There was little on offer food wise, which was fine, as we didn't expect food, but we ordered the bread and oil which was lovely to accompany our drinks. Overall a really enjoyable evening and will definitely be returning soon.

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Lcb21
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been twice since the May reopening and loved it both times! The decor is lovely, drinks and snacks taste amazing, friendly staff and efficient ordering system via the app.

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ShaneP
Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to go, friendly and nice atmosphere for drinks

FAQs

Academy 297 is rated 4.6 stars by 142 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.