The Bootlegger

The Bootlegger, Cardiff: Hours, Address, The Bootlegger Reviews: 5/5

The Bootlegger
5
3:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Monday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Friday
3:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Saturday
3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
About
The Bootlegger was first established on 01.03.2014. 29,307 days after prohibition ended, The Bootlegger family opened their doors in their first bar in Bristol, since then the family has carried on its journey heading west, opening it's doors in Cardiff, back to where the minds who conceived the idea grew up. There's still a lot more to come from the Bootlegger family who will spread their wings more in future times.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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JAF_Wales
Cardiff, UK928 contributions
Cocktails
Sep 2021
We called in at happy hour for cocktails with high expectations. It was mid week and we were seated in the back room which was empty other than one other table so there wasn't as much atmosphere as we'd have liked. Although there is a good range of cocktails on the menu we thought some tast+ed a bit weak so maybe try elsewhere.
Written 15 September 2021
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David K
Porth, UK22 contributions
The Womanby Street Massacre!
Sep 2021
Stewards day out after the Covid prohibition.

!4 Stewards from The Principality Stadium on a day out after (Covid) prohibition was lifted.

The Bootlegger nailed it...

Our gangsters and molls had a fabulous time. Made to feel welcome from the moment we walked in. Arthur and the other staff were attentive and at our service for the whole time we were there.

Fabulous Cocktails at a reasonable price. The venue was perfect for what we wanted.

Well worth a visit, you won't be disappointed. Can see why it's No1.

Thanks once again,
Spats (Baby Face) Kemp
Written 12 September 2021
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Vikki G
Gloucester, UK3 contributions
Great night out!
Aug 2021 • Couples
I booked the Bootlegger for my partner and I for Friday evening. It was quite busy so I am glad I booked as it meant we had seating. I loved the vibe here, the drinks menu was cleverly done. The Cocktails were delicious and the bar staff clearly have a passion for making them. The live music was mostly northern soul/motown and you couldnt help but enjoy the whole atmosphere. We had such a great night! Thank you :-)
Written 14 August 2021
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Liz W
Cardiff, UK1 contribution
Cardiff’s hidden gem!
Aug 2021 • Friends
5* cocktails. 5* staff. 5* service. 5* welcome. Wouldn’t drink cocktails anywhere else now we’ve discovered you
Written 12 August 2021
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Lee B
3 contributions
Bootlegger.
Jul 2021 • Friends
My friends and I visited bootlegger on Friday 30th of July. It was just another amazing night from start to finish’ The staff make you feel so welcome and the music is just brilliant. The guys behind the bar are a credit to the bar with their amazing range of cocktails and made quickly and taste unbelievable. The floor staff just don’t stop working hard and are so friendly. Definitely coming back soon.
Written 2 August 2021
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NannieJannie
34 contributions
Not so good this time
Jul 2021 • Couples
Slightly disappointed with second visit here. Had booked table for 2 - cocktail menu given to us and after 35 minutes and not being able to get anyone’s attention I had to go and tell staff nobody had taken our order . Probably not enough staff on at a peak time on a Saturday so staff were under pressure. Previous week as our cocktails had taken a while to arrive - 10 mins or so - we had first round free. As such a good experience decided to book table for the following week. Cocktails good price at 2 for £14, but the margaritas which are our favourite were really small and unfortunately not served in a standard margarita glass. Don’t like to write negative comments but on a good note we did have 2 free shots at the end as an apology for lack of service which was appreciated. Annoying that an automatic service charge is added on rather than that being an option. Otherwise we did enjoy our time here albeit being a bit disorganised on this occasion - sorry.
Written 1 August 2021
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sjw
1 contribution
PERFECT PLACE FOR ANY OCCASION
Jul 2021 • Friends
the friendliest staff, quick service and INCREDIBLE drinks!! This was my second time coming here and it just gets better and better each time. Our server, Arthur, was incredibly friendly and was always popping over to see if we were okay and had everything we needed. The two ladies behind the bar were so fast and efficient and served the best drinks I’ve ever had. Can’t fault them for anything. Will 1000% be coming back in the very near future. ALL STAFF DESERVE A RAISE
Written 31 July 2021
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Joseff R
1 contribution
Amazing!!!!
Jul 2021 • Solo
Amazing place. I would and have recommended to all of my friends. Not only the cocktails but also the mocktails were exceptional, but the service was so caring considering the whole table service at the moment. Everyone working there informs us when there is going to be a wait etc etc, the vibe there is very unique. Everyone is having a laugh and it’s very comfortable. I shall be coming back again. Thankyou to all of the bar staff and the manager
Written 29 July 2021
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Helena M
Cardiff, UK3 contributions
Poor experience. Don't bother!
Jul 2021
Visited Bootlegger (Cardiff) for the first time on Friday 23rd July 2021. Unfortunately I definitely won't be revisiting. We booked a table and when we arrived we were taken to our table, but a member of staff didn't return to take our order for 15 minutes. It was another 20 minutes until we had our drinks. It was only the two of us! Understandable if we had been a large group and all ordering different drinks. I ordered two of the non-alcoholic cocktails and couldn't even drink them. They just tasted like overly-sugary juice with added syrup. Ordered a non-alcoholic beer instead, bit disappointed that they only had one alcohol free beer but better than the 'mocktails'. Male bartender was also having to read the menu to see how to make the alcohol-free drinks - I get that it's a lengthy menu and people might not order the AF drinks as often as the others (I have many years experience doing the same job and I totally understand), but it just doesn't look great to customers. Both bartenders were also wearing their face coverings UNDER their chins - what is the point? Even when they brought the drinks over they didn't make an effort to pop their face masks back over their nose and mouth. Very unprofessional. Music also kept cutting out and making for unpleasant noises (not the staff's fault but it just added to the bad mood). Had booked the table for 2 hours but left after an hour and went to Wetherspoon instead!
Really disappointed as my friend had come down from Birmingham to visit and wanted to show her what Cardiff had to offer. Thankfully later on in the evening we went to Lab22 and they had the most beautiful alcohol-free cocktails. They were only £1-£1.50 more than the ones I had in Bootlegger but absolutely stunning. Beautiful presentation and just so much thought gone into them. Made to feel as if I was having a real cocktail and not just juice! Overall we left with a very bitter taste in our mouths. Definitely won't be going back. Sorry, Bootlegger, but it's not for us!
Written 25 July 2021
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Beth Hunger
2 contributions
Best night
Jun 2021 • Couples
Best cocktail bar in Cardiff! Never tasted a cocktail so delicious, would recommend anything on the menu! Great value for money, friendliest staff and amazing atmosphere! They play the best music and I come back every time i visit! Couldn't recommend more, literally the best place in cardiff for a night out! Benji, Meg Alina and Arthur deserve a pay rise ;) Thanks for n unforgettable night! 😁
Written 5 June 2021
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