Famous for being the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas, the Edwardian district of Uplands has developed in recent years into one of the city’s most exciting nightspots with everything from stylish bars to renowned live music venues; from takeaway joints to classy restaurants packed into its two main streets.
Fans of live music will find something to tap their toes to any night of the week. The longstanding Uplands Tavern is one of the country’s premier live music venues. Showcase your own talent at one of the weekly open mic nights or enjoy local and nationally acclaimed bands. Across the road, The Garage has hosted bands such as Bad Manners and Finley Quay in recent years.
A stone’s throw away you’ll come across another local favourite, Noah’s Yard. With its stylish décor and smartly dressed bar tenders, cosy furniture and superb coffee and beers, Noah’s is a favourite with Swansea’s young professionals, who crowd the bar and spacious outdoor area on any given weekend. If you’re a fan of jazz don’t miss the live shows here every Monday.
Right across the street you’ll see The Verve wine bar, which also features a good restaurant. End your tour of Uplands bars at the quirky Mozarts and dance into the early hours.
If you’re looking for a meal out then you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds and your budget. Try the Gower Kitchen for a tasty, seasonal menu or head to Brew Stone Bar and try their popular pizza and ale menu. Fans of Asian food will love the flavours cooked up at longstanding favourite, Vietnam.
Though best known for its nightlife, Uplands is a great place to come during the day too. Take a walk around the pretty Cwmdonkin Park or stop for a hot drink and bite to eat in one of the busy cafés. Steam, at the top of the road is great for coffee and cake, while Crumbs in Gwydr Square has generous breakfasts and vegetarian food.
Don’t miss the Uplands Market, held on the last Saturday of every month. Browse the stalls for everything from gourmet Welsh cheese to cured meats and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Finally, if you visit in October, be sure to get tickets for the Do Not Go Gentle Festival. Held in honour of Dylan Thomas this is a mix of poetry and music, designed to be ‘something he might have liked’, with several venues across the area hosting events.
Uplands is located 2 miles west of Swansea town centre. It makes a great place to base yourself, with easy transport links to the town centre and quick access to the stunning Gower Peninsula.