My friends and I were out in Cardiff on Saturday evening and deliberating where to go for drinks after our meal at Wagamama. We decided to give Kapu a try, as it's a new bar on Mill Lane. I advise to go there early on a Saturday night so that you can get a table. Front of house was friendly & welcoming and took us to a table and provided more chairs to accommodate our party of 8. Table service all night, which is a nice touch so that you don't have to negotiate the busy bar yourself. It's a small bar, so gets packed out easily.
I can see that Kapu has tried to create a Cardiff version of a mix between London's Mahiki and Trailer Happiness, but it feels a bit tacky rather than cool. That said, it is offering something new and different to Cardiff night life. Their cocktail selection is fun and served in tiki cups; we tried a zombie which was pretty tasty and came served set alight, which makes for some cool photo opportunities! They also have various reasonably priced sharing cocktails; we enjoyed the Wealthy Traveller. We then decided to treat ourselves to their signature cocktail the Treasure Chest, which serves 8. It's blatantly nicked from London's Mahiki, but who cares, it's a pretty cool thing to treat yourselves too! The presentation of the Treasure Chest, how it is brought to your table and served is awesome. Fair play, it was pretty strong too, I recommend it!
The ambiance of the bar was nice and chilled earlier on in the evening, but when it started to fill up, a DJ started playing with a live drummer accompaniment, which was loud and livened up the atmosphere. The clientele of this place on a Saturday night is typical Mill Lane, full of orange posers taking themselves a bit too seriously. I would definitely visit Kapu again, but probably avoid it at the weekends, unless I was getting there early to secure a table.
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