Tiger Tiger offers a choice of bars and dance floors, although it’s perhaps not the best place to go for food.
Tiger Tiger can be found in the middle of Greyfriar’s Road, next to other high street stalwarts like Lloyd’s Bar and Varsity. Its close location to the city centre means it attracts shoppers for lunch during the day, too.
Inside, you arrive at the Tiger Bar first. There is a small amount of seating in here, but the rest is cleared for dancing and queuing for the bar. There is also a glass walled room at the back of the Tiger Bar which can be hired out for occasions. The room to the left is a VIP area, although there is not always a strict enforcement of this.
Upstairs there is the Medina room, which is long and a little cramped. A long bar runs along the back wall, and it tends to get extremely busy. Then, there is a small tunnel-like corridor, draped with material, which leads you in to the Club room, where you will find another bar. This is an island bar, surrounded on three sides by seating and it also has a dance floor. The bar in the Club room is a little less busy than the others, but that is probably due to the fact that, if it is your first time venturing into Tiger Tiger, the narrow corridor by the toilets is rather difficult to notice. The smoking area at the club is merely a door to the street outside, and no additional seating is supplied.
The people visiting Tiger Tiger tend to be those looking for a fun night out and a place to dance. After a few pitchers this can mean people tend to be a little on the rowdy side, if you’re after a quiet night out or some specialist music, you’re way off target here. The bar staff are quite efficient, however they are not the charmers you get in some of the bars at other clubs, and the bouncers are a little power-driven at times.
Monday night is the club’s branded success story, Vodka Island. You will hear chart anthems, RnB, hip hop and soul. It is all very commercial and underground classics are not likely to be dropped. In the club you will find the latest and greatest dance anthems.
The rest of the week is aimed either at students or young-ish professionals, so the music is a mixture of the aforementioned chart bump and grinders and some middle of the road funky house. Nothing to experimental going on here.
Following on from the success of silent discos in other parts of the UK, Sundays at Tiger Tiger now offers a headphone party, where you are provided with wireless headphones and can dance around in silence to chart music.
Finally, Lucky Voice is the new karaoke experience offered by Tiger Tiger, and you can book a private room in which to sing your heart out.
Tiger Tiger does a roaring (sorry) trade on happy hours. Most days from 5pm-8pm you will be able to take advantage of offers like cheap jugs of cocktails, £2 bottles of wine and beer or money off champers.
Having recently upgraded their menu, Tiger Tiger is rather disappointing in this area. Although the dishes are cheap, the food tastes cheap. The burger and chips at £6 is undercooked and the patty isn’t very good quality. Tiger Tiger is definitely more of a club venue rather than a food venue.
The Last Word
If you’re looking for a party atmosphere, cheap drinks, and a place to let your hair down, Tiger Tiger offers just that. Perhaps not as popular as it used to be, it is still trying its best to keep up with the demands of the Cardiff clubber.