Started a few years ago, Noah's Yard is the new 'it' place to go in the Swansea/Gower area. Every Monday night there is live jazz from local bands with a small entry fee of £2 and the ever-changing magnetic sign over the door is a great conversation starter for all the new people you will meet inside. On the weekends, Noah's is heaving with everyone from students to local millionaires. Owner Noah Redfern's eclectic taste in music and Swansea-based artists gives everyone something to talk about, along with a feel-good vibe from the lovely bar staff. Along with the extensive list of drinks, bar snacks and art gallery, Noah's Yard is definitely the biggest success to hit South Wales in the past decade.
38 Uplands Crescent, Uplands, Swansea, SA2 0NE
Google map: bit.ly/Ti0BY8
I found this little cocktail bar just off the Ramblas during my last summer in Barcelona. My best friend Lucy and I loved it here. There are no drinks menus, you just tell the suit-clad barmen what you like and they'll invent it for you. It's the perfect place to escape the soaring heat and rat-race of central Barcelona, without walking too far. There is no strict dress code, but it's probably best if you don't wear trainers here. The low jazz music keeps a comfortable mellow vibe running through this small bar and has kept my interest for years.
Carrer dels Tallers, 1, 08002, Barcelona Spain
+34 933 18 95 92
Google map: bit.ly/S9QZ3g
My best friend and I found this place by chance. It's so easy to walk past and looks like nothing from outside but when you walk through the door you're welcomed into a cool, refreshing cocktail bar where there's no drinks list - just ask and they'll make it! It's a quirky escape from the rush of city life. It's also very reasonably priced, but there is an unspoken dress code of smart-casual.
C/Tallers 1, El Raval
Google map: bit.ly/L5YemV
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