About Us

The Kings is Cardiff's busiest gay bar, open seven nights a week, bringing a fresh alternative to other bars on the Cardiff gay scene.

On a Wednesday, Friday & Saturday we're a pre-bar to Pulse but on other nights we come into our own with live entertainment.

The Kings was formerly known as 4Play. Following the closure of the historic Kings Cross bar, we resurrected the name, extended our licensed hours and added extra nights of entertainment to our weekly lineup. Whilst not a direct continuation of its namesake, The Kings is a nod to our gay scene's proud heritage whilst looking forward to an exciting new future.

The Kings has four distinct areas across 2 floors:

The Main Bar

Our recently refurbished ground floor bar contains extra seating on weeknights and extra dancing space at weekends, making it the perfect warm up to Pulse. The service area of the bar has been extended and the room has been given a fresh new look and design. The Main Bar is where you can find our entertainment throughout the week.

The Front Room

We've transformed our front room to create two separate areas: a quirky snug at the front looking out onto Churchill Way, and a cool chill out zone towards the back. Relax in front of our new fireplace when it all gets too hectic everywhere else!

The Lounge Bar

Located on the first floor, our cosy but stylish lounge bar provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the scene. Sit in the window and quietly watch the world go by. There's a small bar with a range of draught, bottles and spirits meaning you won't have to venture far!

The Rooftop Terrace

Easily accessible from both floors, our spacious but secluded rooftop smoking terrace is practically another room in itself, with plenty of seating for all your friends to sit around an have a natter. The Lounge Bar opens out onto the terrace, and there is a staircase that leads from the ground floor. If you'd rather not tackle the stairs, fear not as there's a smaller terrace on the ground floor level too.