By Olly Davies
On Saturday 14 March, Tiger Tiger opened its doors to customers for the last time after being sold. The prime placed nightclub on Greyfriars Road has closed after nearly two decades.
In a comment on their social media, management said: “Tiger Tiger Cardiff has been sold to the Shoreditch Bar Group who will comment soon on what the future has in store for the site.”
The Shoreditch Bar Group are a well established London firm who own and run many venues across the country, many of which are in London.
Both Tiger Tiger and the Shoreditch Bar Group are owned by Novus. A spokesperson for Novus confirmed the closure of Tiger Tiger, but was unable to comment on the future of the site at this early stage.
The Shoreditch Bar Group bought out the remainder of Novus’ late-night establishments in June 2019. Novus Chief Executive, Sharon Badelek, said at the time: “We are thrilled to be selling this incredible estate to such a vibrant and passionate company.
“It was important to me [that] these venues and, more importantly, our teams ended up in safe hands with an exciting future, which I believe we have found in Shoreditch Bar Group. We wish them every success with the future of the estate.”
Shoreditch Bar Group Operations Director, Mark McEvoy, added: “Cardiff is a welcome addition. The team and I look forward to meeting and working with the teams to continue to take these venues forward. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”
Tiger Tiger has become a staple part of the Cardiff student nightlife over the last 15 years. Running a lot of events during Freshers’ Week, Tiger Tiger helped forge many friendships.
Tom a second-year Biological Sciences student at Cardiff University, said: “I am sad Tiger Tiger is closing down. It always provided options for a night out.
“It was never too busy in there. You go to places like Pryzm and you can barely move. And [not to mention] the price of drinks!”
Chris, a student in her final year at Cardiff University, also fondly reminisced about “those rogue nights out” where she and her friends made the spontaneous decision to go out. “Tiger Tiger always provided a venue.”
Other students, however, do not have such fond memories. Ed, now a postgraduate student, felt it lacked atmosphere and that Cardiff had “so many more better places to go!”
Ultimately, in recent years, the face of Cardiff’s night scene has been changing dramatically. In just the past year, both Gwdihw and Buffalo have closed down. Also, the closure of Glam led to the arrival of Story, a new nightclub venue in the city centre. Further changes are also set to occur as 10 Feet Tall/Undertone are in the process of closing down. The late-night music and club scene in Cardiff has changed irrevocably in a very short space of time.