Tuesday 6 November 2012

Former Cardiff Staff Club to reopen as bar

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The former Glamorgan Council Staff Club on Westgate Street, Cardiff, is set to reopen as a bar. The Grade II listed building closed as a club in 2007 after 50 years as operating as a club. The building was built as the house for the treasurer of the council, on the site of the former town slaughterhouse!

Anyway I always enjoyed going into the club when I worked in Cardiff it sold the best real ale in the City at the time and was a regular entry in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide as well as a being a Club of the Year winner. The atmosphere can best be described as 'lively' in the Glammy, as these photos taken by Maciej show.

Beatboxbars Limited, who run the Buffalo Bar in Windsor Place and 10 Feet Tall in Church Street Cardiff, will shortly be reopening the former club as Fire Island, "an upmarket bar and eatery". Oh well the former imates of the staff club will be remaining in Chaverspoons next door then! Buffalo Bar already holds an annual cider festival and stocks a range of imported beers so hopefully we will see such a range at Fire Island.

Despite having planning permission approval for the last three years, disputes over opening times have delayed the project due to objections from local residents. The main entrance will now be via Womanby Street rather than Westgate Street.
Fire Island, plans to host accoustic music sessions.

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