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Gareth Bale’s mini-golf bar Par 59 opens its doors in Cardiff

Par 59, Cardiff. Credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Par 59, the St Mary Street bar, restaurant and mini-golf concept backed by Gareth Bale, is throwing open its doors today (March 18th 2022).

Par 59’s bar, restaurant & competitive entertainment concept is the result of a partnership between Bale’s company Elevens Group LTD and The DEPOT, one of Wales’ most successful, independent entertainment brands.

Par 59, Cardiff. Credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

The new city centre bar features two custom-made mini golf courses, which can be found by following the stairs (or lift) down to the basement venue on St Mary Street. On arrival, you will be greeted by friendly staff at the entrance, as well as at the bottom of the stairs, who will direct you to where you need to go.

Par 59, Cardiff. Credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

There are a number of finishing touches to look out for. There is an array of places you can sit for food and drinks, including some very impressive group table arrangements that you can book.

As you go around 9-hole courses, each has its own mini drinks table and storage that you can use. There’s also enough space underneath for a handbag, but there is also an on-site cloakroom that you can make use of if you have larger items with you.

At the 3rd and 7th hole, a waiter will come around and check if you want to order another drink as you go around.

The final hole of The Gambler course at Par 59. Credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Phase one of the venue includes 4,000 sq ft of bar space, and two 9-hole mini golf courses which have been custom designed for the venue. Each round of mini golf will take players around 45 minutes to complete.

We were impressed with this particularly interesting roulette wheel design at Par 59. Credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Food and drink orders can be placed directly from your table, using the provided QR code. Although, we’d recommend joining their wifi first to ensure you have enough signal to place your order.

Par 59, Cardiff. Credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

For hungry players, local street food traders Dirty Bird have created a new dine-in menu especially for the venue. Dirty Bird will serve up a custom-designed menu of buttermilk fried chicken dishes, along with brand-new vegan options, for up to 164 covers at a time.

One of Dirty Bird’s new dishes and loaded fries at the venue. Credit: Rhys Gregory / Wales247

Phase two of the venue will open later this year.

Speaking ahead of the opening, Nick Saunders, founder and Managing Director of The DEPOT and co-founder of Par 59 said:

“In partnership with Elevens Group LTD, we have been able to transform a city-centre site which had previously lain empty since 2016. We’re really proud of the fact that by working with local suppliers (including Wild Creations, Studio Severn Architects, and Paramount Interiors) we have been able to put revenue back into the local economy during a global pandemic. Once open, Par 59 will also provide new employment opportunities for 45 staff.”

Wales & Real Madrid star Gareth added:

“I’m thrilled that we’re finally able to announce our opening date for Par 59; now all that’s left to do is play some golf!”