OutUK's Adrian Gillan catches some Welsh rarebit boyos down in Cardiff.
Get off on yummy lads in scrums or strapping miner boys sluicing off their soot? Dream on! Cardiff is in fact Europe's youngest capital, a contender for the European City of Culture and has some seriously horny, luscious, lilting stunners with dark hair and eyes, high cheekbones and strong jaws to die upon.
Cardiff's new Millenium Stadium
Like all the best British cities there's definitely a gay or gay-friendly street so you can go bar-hopping and in Cardiff it's Caroline Street. A fun traditional place to start the night proper is the Golden Cross, which is in a fine old building, which also boasts wholesome home-cooked grub throughout the day - especially on a Sunday lunch. Regular strippers, karaoke nights and drag including the outrageously non-pc Kitty Litter. Like the rest of the scene here, it is nicely mixed: all genders, all ages.

Minsky's Showbar is in St. David's Centre and specialises in Drag shows and other cabaret. It attracts a gay and lesbian mixed crowd and has an extensive food menu available. Wow in Churchill Way is another of the well established camp venues with a cabaret every night. It also attracts a gay and lesbian mixed crowd, and has additional seating outside.

Eagle is one of the newest gay bars and was voted by readers of Boyz magazine the best bar in Wales and the West for real men. It offers a complete contrast to the virtually non stop drag, camp emphasis of the other gay/mixed/gay friendly venues in the capital city of Wales. It's open 7 days a week. Men only after 9pm Fri Sat. Membership is required, but you can join on arrival. Theme nights, 1st Sat Leather/Rubber, 2nd Sat Bears, 3rd Sat Uniform, 4th Sports/Construction.

CLUBBING

Drunk enough to dance? Pulse has really shaken up the Cardiff club scene with it's stylish upper bar where food and drink is available, and downstairs club packed with horny Welsh lads out for a good night. The emphasis is on fun with nights like School Disco and Fannyoke.

Mr Gay UK Heat night at Pulse

OUTDOOR LIFE

Outdoor cruising means central Castle Park, only a five minute walk away from quarters queer. If you stand facing the main castle gates, turn left and follow the road right along, keeping the castle grounds on your right. Cross the River Taff using the bridge before darting into the castle park through an entrance immediately on your right. The first, but generally least busy, cruising area is a couple of hundred yards down this path. For heavier action, carry on for about half a mile until you cross a footbridge into the main castle grounds. After crossing this bridge turn left for the heavy stuff; turn right for gentler cruising and towards the area where the daytime action happens - though in the daytime, of course, you can enter by the main castle gates, so saving you a twenty minute stroll!

GETTING STEAMY

But, cum rain or snow, the Eagle 50 sauna is where it's at and pretty much as you'd expect - spaces to steam and sweat in every way. It's a clean and cruisy sauna with friendly staff, which attracts all ages with a dry sauna, steam bath, video shows, relaxation rooms, darkroom, glory holes and free extra towels and condoms. Massage4men & Wax4men has staff who are qualified in sports, Swedish, Aroma and Tantric massage and in reflexology. They also do male body waxing and are exclusively for gay men.

BED & BOARD

If you're looking for a place to rest your queer head then highly recommended is gay guesthouse Ty Rosa.
A newly refurbished Victorian terrace house Ty Rosa is run by two very friendly gay guys Paul and Stuart.

They'll point you in the right direction to all of Cardiff's attractions gay or otherwise and they serve a great breakfast too. Reserve early as they get booked up quickly. There are a couple of other gay friendly options too.


Bedroom at Ty Rosa. Book online
The Courtfield Hotel is an attractive Victorian townhouse, just ten minute walk from the city centre and bars. The Wynford is also in the city centre and is gay-friendly and lively. The Big Sleep is a newly refurbished hotel with light airy rooms right in the city centre and a fun designer feel. This and other hotels can booked online using the OutUK Booking service.

THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK

Courtfield Hotel (101 Cathedral Road; T: 0292 022 7701)
Golden Cross (283 Hayes Bridge Road; T: 0292 039 4556 Website)
Eagle (39 Charles Street; T: 0292 023 2859; Website)
Eagle 50 (50 Charles Street; T: 0292 022 0388)
Pulse (Churchill Way; T: 07825 505653 Website)
Massage4men & Wax4men (Wenallt Mansions, Thornhill; T: 07974 328437; Website)
Minsky's Showbar (53 Cathedral Walk, St. David's Centre; T: 0292 023 3128; Website)
The Big Sleep Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality (Bute Terrace; T: 0292 063 6363; Website)
Ty Rosa (118 Clive Street; T: 07003 450272 Website)
Wynford Hotel (Clare Street; T: 029 2037 1983 Website)
Wow (4a Churchill Way; T: 0292 066 6247; Website)

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