Motel Nights

4.6
50 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 & 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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 50 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Energetic
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Sarah
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent choice of beers and cocktails, had a wonderful cheesecake as well.

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NikkiS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 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 4 June 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 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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BethB
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Betty
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 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 22 May 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 18 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe, friendly staff and good value cocktails!

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BethB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 May 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 💨

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a lovely evening. Great atmosphere, great selection of drinks and just an all-round nice place to be. Thanks!!

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BakedZiti
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

V accommodating, quirky venue, nice food, class larger. 100000% would go again xo

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Teddy
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wonderful service, very friendly people. Really lovely to be able to go out! Felt really safe with everyone wearing masks and of course the drinks and food were amazing!

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LauraC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely friendly staff, delicious frozen margs, and the fries were seriously tasty. Great spot for casual drinks.

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Sarah
Wales
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Sold out of veggie options by 8.30 and too I had smoke when there’s no option for non smokers to avoid it.

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LauraP
Wales
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Service was excellent. Music was great. Food was fab. Great selection of beers and cocktails. We will continue to come to this place time and time again!

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chloe
Bath
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Quirky place with a good drinks options. Food was really good, took a bit of time but it’s to be expected with street food. Staff were really friendly especially with Winnie and gave her some treats and a puppuccino.

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Niaeva
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome 😎 Thank you so much ☺️ Can’t wait to go again!! Tuesday infact 😊

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sallyd
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!! Love the place great music and drinks 10/10

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DanB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab independent venue with amazing drinks and wonderful staff. Couldn’t recommend highly enough!

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TimD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great use of space and chilled envinronment. Hope this place is around for a long time!

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AlexB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had such a great night here. Amazing service, lovely atmosphere and aesthetic; the food was beautiful and the drinks were decently priced. Can't wait to come back to this little gem!

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RyanC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a brilliant time in this unique little bar in Canton. We were welcomed and given seats under cover due to the rain. Brilliant feel to the place and lots to talk about with friends

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Bradley
Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and friendly service. Nice selection of drinks.

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CatFer
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I attended Motel Nights, difficult find with no signs. Was greeted by host(manager) who told us to sit where there was a free table (we made booking) we waited 15 mins and no service. Waved to the manager who was too busy smoking and socialising with another table, after an extra 5 mins, staff member took our order, we wanted food but were told that it stopped 5 minutes prior and missed it. We waited for another 35 mins and still no drinks nothing, no apology, no acknowledgement. So after a total waste of our time and this terrible service we left. There was no customer service, it was all over the place, it’s outdoor but enclosed manager smoking while greeting people. Staff members behind bar wearing mask on their chin. Travelled specially to visit and this ruined our night. Will not be returning, would advise others not to visit.

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Chocidol
Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Cocktails were amazing. Staff were super friendly.

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IsobelA
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Such a great little venue for an evening out! The staff were very attentive and made sure we never had to wait to order drinks and food. Love the decor and the glitter ball bath is so something you have to see!

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EmilyJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So glad we could finally try this fab new place! Had a great evening and love the disco decorations! Highly recommend.

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NicolaE
Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

We had a great time, a bit cold outside but warmer inside

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hannt
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wicked venue, great drinks, laid back atmosphere and the staff are amazing too :)

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CatrinS
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fun time and great with the happy birthday sign, great personal touch!

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Ffilew1
Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed, really cool decor and lovely drinks. Would definitely recommend to anyone

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Riffraff6
Wales
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This venue is fantastic! Like something you wouldn’t usually find in Cardiff. Full of life, the bar staff are really friendly and the food is good! The quiz nights are brilliant too. Will definitely come again.

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DaiD
Wales
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue with fantastic atmosphere. The team are friendly and good selection of drinks, food!

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CerysW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely vibe there. Great food and drinks and awesome service

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AmyT
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

Cool little bar, with great atmosphere, delicious cocktail very friendly staff. Didn’t eat, just drinks.

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RhysM
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing wings. Great service. Brilliant atmosphere and dog friendly.

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Gman
Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Hot chocolate wasn’t hot chocolate but charged for it

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RobE
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing place! The decor is unique, colourful and interesting. The food (vegan hotdog) was very nice and a large portion. Espresso martini's we're great as was the peach lager. Bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort to go there.

FAQs

Motel Nights offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 07837 502905.

Motel Nights is rated 4.6 stars by 50 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.