A New 300-Capacity Club, CARPE NOCTEM, Is Opening In Cardiff City Centre

Carpe Noctem will be based on Charles Street, taking over the venue  previously occupied by the much loved cabaret club Minsky’s Showbar, which closed in March 2020

The new underground music venue will run with a capacity of 300 people, and has a license for events to go until 4am.

Noctem will look to open its doors end of February 2022. Carpe Noctem means Seize the Night which is extremely fitting for the hospitality sector as we all emerge from lockdown to welcome back all the frustrated clubbers and ravers that the pandemic forgot.


The club itself has undergone some major renovations since closing in 2020, with large bespoke murals and artwork from local artists adorning the walls, an upgraded sound system and huge cocktail bar spanning over 12 metres.


One of the owners Hannah Potter commented: “When we stepped foot into what was the Iconic old Minskys Showbar, we knew we had a duty to retain and preserve it’s history and charm. The building itself is full of classic features such as beautiful parquet flooring, chandeliers and brass fixtures which give the place the quality of a by-gone era, but it isn’t just the building that’s special – it’s the spirit!”

“We plan to preserve the culture and spirit of the iconic club by running queer and inclusive events amongst our fantastic repertoire of DJ’s and regular programme focusing on going back to the origins and essence of underground dance music that welcomes everybody who walks through the door.”

“We’ve given the old Lady some well needed TLC and we are moving her forward to a whole new generation.”

Carpe Noctem plan to open at the end of February, early March.

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