This guide of things to do after dinner in Swansea highlights the coastal city’s vibrant nightlife scene. By day, it’s a wonderful place to explore if you’re looking for pristine beaches and unique Welsh culture. But as the sun sets in this historic hub, a variety of exciting evening entertainment comes alive.

    So, come discover the best of Swansea with us as we bring you through the best places to go in the city at night. From partying through the busiest nightlife spots to enjoying an evening stroll by the pier, there will always be a place in Swansea to tickle your fancy.

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    Wind Street

    Home to Swansea’s most popular bars

    • Nightlife

    Wind Street is a vibrant nightlife district right in the centre of Swansea. While it has a laidback charm during the day, the lights illuminating the streets at sundown make it easy to see why locals and visitors come here for drinks and entertainment.

    From speakeasy bars to hipster pubs, Wind Street is where you’ll find rows of nightlife establishments to your liking. If you’re looking for a unique experience, do stop by No Sign Bar, one of the oldest bars in Swansea. Located in the middle of Wind Street, it has been serving patrons since 1690.

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    Sin City

    Live music performances in the heart of Swansea

    • Nightlife

    Sin City is a club and a live music venue on Dillwyn Street in central Swansea. Featuring shows from electric music to Indie and rock shows, Sin City has long become one of the most popular spots for a great night out.

    Presenting itself as a laidback establishment, Sin City often hosts themed nights such as the ‘90s Reload’ party. On Thursdays, it hosts a student club night so university students around the area can party to their heart’s content without burning a hole in their wallets.

    Location: 14-16 Dillwyn St, Swansea SA1 4AQ, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 10 pm to 3 am, Friday from 10.30 pm to 4 am, Saturday from 10 pm to 3.30 am (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1792 468892

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    Mumbles Pier

    The historic Victorian pier by Swansea Bay

    • Nightlife
    • History
    • Photo
    • Budget

    Mumbles Pier is an old Victorian pier dating back to 1898. Set in a village of the same name, it stretches out 835 metres into the waters of Swansea Bay. Families and couples often take strolls around the area – must-sees include the Mumbles Lighthouse and Port Talbot.

    Well-lit at nightfall, the pier is a suitable spot to unwind after dinner. If you’re looking to add excitement to your visit, drop by the ice-skating rink or one of the bars lining the shores of Mumbles Pier.

    Location: Old Lifeboat Cottage, Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles SA3 4EN, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm (hours may vary)

    Phone: +44 (0)1792 365200

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    Uplands

    One of the UK’s hippest areas

    • Shoppers
    • Nightlife
    • Food

    The Uplands is a suburban community accessible within a 10-minute drive out of Swansea’s city centre. The award-winning district offers an array of independent boutiques and restaurants across its main shopping square.

    At nightfall, the streets of Uplands come to life thanks to the ever-growing list of pubs and bars. An old-timey, local favourite is The Upland Tavern, a spot for live music and drinks in Swansea. It’s even visited by the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas in the past.

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    Langland Bay

    Sandy shores for pleasant strolls

    • Nightlife
    • Photo
    • Budget

    Langland Bay is a family-friendly beach on the southern coast of Swansea. The beach is sheltered from the onshore winds, making it a favourite for local and visiting surfers.

    At nightfall, the beach's calm waves make for a great spot if you'd like to take a sandy stroll with your loved ones. Do be careful, as lifeguards only patrol the area during the day between May and September. To enjoy a panoramic view of Langland Bay, you can visit the clifftop walk that leads you from this beach to Caswell Bay.

    Location: 54 Langland Bay Rd, Newton, Swansea SA3 4QP, UK

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    Pontardawe Arts Centre

    For an evening of performance arts

    • Nightlife

    The Pontardawe Arts Centre is a traditional theatre in Neath Port Talbot. It is a historic establishment to the locals, having once housed the Pontardawe Public Hall back in 1908. Today, this multi-purpose venue features a variety of entertainment facilities, including a refurbished performance studio and a surround-sound cinema capable of seating 450 people.

    An art gallery displaying masterpieces from local and international artists known as the Oriel Lliw is part of the Pontardawe Arts Centre. If you’d like to enjoy a drink, there’s an in-house bar at the theatre entrance.

    Location: Herbert St, Pontardawe, Swansea SA8 4ED, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm (closed on weekends)

    Phone: +44 (0)1792 863722

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    Clyne Gardens

    A large park with an iconic Japanese bridge

    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Photo

    The Clyne Gardens is a large botanical garden between the village of Mumbles and Mayals. Spanning 19 hectares of greenery, it’s well-known for its abundance in rare flowers that change with the season.

    The Clyne Gardens is also where you’ll find the tallest recorded Magnolia tree in Britain. Most locals visit the garden to escape the bustling cityscapes, with people often stopping by the iconic Japanese bridge for pictures. Public amenities such as toilets and disabled-friendly facilities are right by the entrance.

    Location: Mayals, Swansea SA3 5BW, UK

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +44 (0)1792 401737

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    Singleton Park

    Swansea’s largest urban park

    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Photo
    • Budget

    Singleton Park is an urban park just outside Swansea University. Spanning over 250 acres of greenery, it’s best known for its large botanical gardens and the iconic Swiss Cottage, which dates to 1826.

    Come sunset, you can enjoy a quiet evening by a lakeside pub aptly named The Pub on the Pond. A variety of music events and cultural exhibitions take place at Singleton Park throughout the year. It was where the popular rock band, Stereophonics, performed a sold-out concert back in 2019.

    Location: Mumbles Rd, Sketty, Swansea SA2 8PY, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1792 636000

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    Taliesin Arts Centre

    Drama, dance, and music recitals in English and Welsh

    • Nightlife
    • Families
    • History

    Taliesin Arts Centre is a performance arts centre nestled on the grounds of Swansea University. It opened in 1984, with Stephen Hawking hosting the inaugural lecture. The venue has since been a hub for in-house productions and touring performances.

    From dance shows to jazz and world music programmes, the Taliesin Arts Centre is where you’ll find shows in both English and Welsh. If you want to dwell in historic displays, check out the 2-storey Egypt Centre. It opened in 1998, displaying antiquities from Ancient Egypt.

    Location: Sketty, Swansea SA2 8PZ, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1792 602060

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    Cinema & Co

    Indie movies, live music, and art exhibitions

    • Nightlife
    • Families

    Cinema & Co is an independent entertainment hub by Castle Street. Setting itself apart from regular cinematic experiences, it focuses on indie movies, live music, and art exhibitions.

    You’re welcomed to explore its choice of experiences, such as a book club on Thursdays and kids’ club on Saturdays. In case you’re feeling peckish, Cinema & Co serves snacks and beverages at their onsite bar.

    Location: 17 Castle St, Swansea SA1 1JF, UK

    Open: Hours vary by day

    Phone: +44 (0)7305 908260

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    Elie Lam | Contributing Writer

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