cocktails are £6 – not that cheap!
20 reviews of Milgi Kitchen Lounge Gallery in English
I feel this is the best place in Cardiff. It’s like a mini festival, with the yurt out the back, cocktails, lovely outdoor lights, colourful tables, arty decor. I just really love it in here. Without this in Cardiff, it would be a sad city! Food is also great, and it’s a nice vibe. If I have friends coming to stay, I always take them to milgi. In eurpoean cities you get more of this cafe culture, but here it’s rare. So it’s nice to see. They also have great extra’s like art club, film nights, story telling in the yurt. Yep, yep, it’s great!
This place is awesome!!!! be it the food (amazing vegan yumness) or the lovely cocktails you won’t leave dissapointed. The seats are comfy and the decor is welcoming (as are the staff).
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Miligi has interesting, mish mash hippy decor, and a cool yurt out the back which has a festival atmosphere on the right night, especially when there is music playing. My experience is the staff are mostly friendly, but seem to get very stressed out at busy times (which is a lot of the time). Cocktails are cheap, but often quite sickly. Good range of bottled beers and ciders. I haven't tried the day-to-day food, but have attended a couple of the monthly supper club nights and the food at those has been imaginative and really tasty, with a different theme each time, and they have also been good value for money.
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daniellelandod, 29 March 2012:
i used to go to milgi quite alot, but IMHO it's gone down hill since the girls got involved with Brains in CAI, i think they should concentrate on they're own business instead of increasing Brains brewery's profit margin, not sure either how that fits in with they're independant, alternative, arty ethos, seems a little hypocritical to me, but who am i eh?
I do like Milgi, but I used to like it even more. The cocktails aren't as good as they used to be, before the sister's that owned it expanded to other venues.
There have been instances where we've been told by the rather discourteous staff that we couldn't go in because it was too busy. There have been other times when I've just wanted a quiet Sunday evening drink and the place has been rammed with quirky, yet undesirable vintage, hippy stalls, selling mirror covered moo-moos and tie-dye bags. The place just isn't big enough for this.
The summer events and the yurt (when it's not leaking) are pretty cool though, but the food is over-priced and over-rated, excluding the pie-minister pies.
Milgi has an extensive list of cocktails. Therein endeth its good points.
Staff are rude, discourteous and downright miserable. Regularly I've seen just a solitary member of staff manning the bar resulting in queues out of the door!
I've been there on numerous occasions and have never had a really bad night, but neither has it been a particularly good one either. On the few occasions I felt in for a good night it was invariably marred by the staff.
Been there a few times already and each of the times it didn’t disappoint me, it is a very young and cool place. You wouldn’t see this out of place in the middle of Barcelona, or other trendy city.
I really liked their cocktail options, a really wide menu with some really tasty ones. The thing I am yet to try is their food but I’ve been told it is very very good, specially the brunch!
The first time I was there was to see a design exhibition they had on display and that really interested me. After that I went there for a mini festival, with music, design, food and burlesque dancing! A strange mix but that went down really well. I am hoping to attend the Northcote lane market! Will report! ;)
If I had to say something bad about it it would have to be the indifference of the team, they were a bit rude and didn’t seem to care about the customer. Other than that it is faultless! Do try the Yurt! On a hot day it looked a bit stuffy but on a cold winter day it does looks lovely!
Hands down the best cocktail place in Cardiff - lots of varieties, flavours, styles and good balance of non-alcohol and alcoholic drinks. Their mojitos and candy collins are especially more-ish!
There is also a good selection of other hot and cold beverages, their hot chocolate is particularly of note and perfect for a cold Cardiff day.
Food is generally of a high standard and not too expensive. Good variety of healthy food on offer
The bar itself presents as quite arty but welcoming with lots of comfy seating and the giant yurt outback with its vintage furniture is a great place to kick back with some relaxing music and
Milgi’s is a great place to hang out especially on a week night when it isn’t too busy. The drinks are great and the cherry hot chocolate rocks. The yurt is a really fun space to hang out and they often have stroy telling nights or bands play and even tap classes occassionally. The Northcoat Lane market is also really fun (first sunday of the month). It’s just a shame this place is so small but then i guess if it was bigger it would lose its atmosphere. The staff are friendly too. I hired the yurt for a 30th birthday party too and it was well organised. Fab place!
Milgi is a great little restaurant/cafe but unfortunately waaaaay to trendy as bar/nightspot. I went back when it first opened and watched it get busier and busier and less and less fun. Like the uber-trendy Buffalo and Ten Feet Tall it suffers from being too popular of an evening.
I don’t want to be too down on the place as it really is a great place and the drinks are lovely but if you want a nicer experience then go in the morning for brunch or for a gentle lunch when you can relax and enjoy the beautiful decor and calm atmosphere. The food isn’t big but it is nice - and the chilli hot chocolate is yummy.
Milgi’s is a great local bar that offers a welcome escape in the Roath/Cathays area from all the student filled pubs like the Woodville and the George.
Making the most of the limited space inside, there are velvet sofas for lounging at the front and tables for dining towards the rear. Whilst you are waiting at the small bar you can check out the video art displayed on the large flat screens. Milgi occassionally hosts burlesque boudoir nights (what the butler saw) and the decadence perfectly suits the decor - electro renaissance with chandeliers and twinkling lights.
Outside is the famous yurt with a mismash of comfy chairs and sofas to recline on - be warned though, some of them are pretty low and after a few cocktails you’ll struggle to get up! I’m a sucker for a mojito…
I’ve read the reviews below and there is some mixed feedback which I can understand - when the bar first opened my friends and I were turned away quite rudely on a couple of occassions when the bar was clearly too full. It’s understandable but I think the bar staff were a bit over zealous. However I’ve been to Milgi far too many times since with no problems and I’m a big fan.
Try going on a Sunday to the Northcote Lane Market which is a great mix of eclectic clothing and goods, otherwise evenings have fantastic music and there is just a great vibe for sitting around and watching the evening pass by…
Went to Milgi recently on a weeknight and really enjoyed it. I agree that Milgi has had a bit of an identity crisis in the past. Tiffin boxes are the new menu. There are 5 set menus that you can mix and match if you want - the food was delicious, healthy and very reasonably priced. Drinks menu is superb and the cocktails worth the price tag. I’m enjoying Milgi at the moment and will go more often as it is getting a bit cheaper if I don’t drink too many cocktails!
Great place. Everything for everyone from a lovely and casual lounge area to an excellent restaurant boasting a varied and ever-changing menu to a unique chill-out area in the form of Yurt in the back area. All of this is overlooked by 4 screens displaying the best in independent 'moving image’ art from Wales and beyond.
My partner and I had enjoyed Milgis in the past - we liked the cocktail menu and were happy to pay the tenner or for a gormet burger one night we went in for food and drink and got wacked with expensive tapas and a la carte pretentions so we skipped the food and ate elsewhere. We came back for a nightcap, only to be asked to leave almost as soon as we got in the door on account of their licence not allowing standing in the bar if you didn’t have a seat or party in the bar already.
They were very curt with us and made us feel most uncomfortable and unwelcome. All the funky charm in the world doesn’t make up for being rude and expensive.
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legavenue39, 25 April 2009:
I totally agree with your comments. I went to Milgi’s last night at 11.15 pm with my friends and we were turned away. There were 4 of us and 5 people had just left and they still wouldn’t let us in. When I asked the manager to explain she was very rude and said it was capacity issues due to the amount of people smoking in the back and the number of people in the bar.
Surely common sense tells you that you either you put up a sign in the window when you reach full capacity or you get a doorman to explain and you use a clicker to count your customers. Just because the place is popular that does not give them the right to treat people with such contempt. If they are not careful they will piss off one too many customers and will find themselves going bust. Not a bad thing for Cardiff I think especially when you have Juno Lounge and Funky Buddha just around the corner with a much nicer welcome! Just remember Milgis there is always competition. That is not how you run a business!
Milgi really confuses me. It looks uber cool from the outside, looks uber cool inside, has a great big yert out the back where you can be ‘outside/inside’ in all seasons and now has a fab beachy-feel back garden bit behind the yert and yet…and yet…
I’ve never had a good night out in Milgi. I’ve been there a good handful of times with different people in both winter and summer and have never really kicked back and had a great laugh. Erm, how can i put it? Time has never whizzed by while at Milgi. It’s all a bit contrived and stilted and…too uber cool for my tastes me thinks.
Having said that, the drinks menu is extensive - although last night i asked for a ‘classic’ Mojito (as opposed to a coconut or ginger one) and it arrived in all its raspberry and passionfruit glory. What the bloomin hell is wrong with serving a straight-up Mojito??? I ask you!
Haven’t tried any food, though the menu looks fabulous. The staff are friendly and bring drinks to you wherever you are on the premesis and it’s all very very pleasant. But I do sometimes wonder what would happen if i asked for a non-organic, full-fat glass of milk. Would time stop, mouths hang open and the uber cool clientele gasp in horror?
Or is that just a personal hang-up? ha!
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grahamf, 17 November 2010:
Don't like fruit flavoured cocktails - I'm more of a classic cocktail man (whiskey sour, manhattan, cosmopolitan, margarita etc). And I don't like people poncing about with Martinis either - they should be half gin, half vermouth. Period. Pear and Lemongrass? Yuch. Hmm
Newly opened, The Milgi Kitchen, Lounge and Gallery had certainly made an impact on the population of Roath. Who wouldn’t want to sit down in luxurious old fashioned chairs and sip red wine sophisticatedly and then slowly make your way into the dining area and browse the new up and coming artists of this world, it definitely hit’s a new sort of dining experience. The food is tasty and the atmosphere is chilled, but there is a feeling that there trying a little too hard, but I’m sure by summer this place with be a perfect hot spot!
This is Cardiff best kept secret…
Milgi is an up market cocktail bar situated in the middle of the student district of the capitol. There is an extensive (if not slightly expensive) drinks menu with lots of your normal cocktails and your more exotic drinks like their famous Chocolate Orange Martini.
The garden has a huge Yert where DJ play chilled contemporary beats during the evening. As well as a drinking hole, Milgi has a great tapas and evening a la carte menu.
This is a great venue with many quirks, well worth a visit.
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