OUR HISTORY

Cafe Play by Night opened in October 2017, aims to be the cultural hub of Mumbles hosting comedy, pop-up kitchens, film nights, jazz and live acoustic music, as well as being an atmospheric evening venue at weekends.

By night, using an innovative method of partitioning the frame by Gower Sail Shades, the venue is transformed into a large, ambient space based on three tiered levels and focussed around a bespoke designed copper-top bar by the avant-garde Box Furniture Company and local images by Gower Travel Photography and local artist Terry Bevan.

Cafe Play by Day opened in July 2012, the first of its kind in the area. It has been designed with parents and children in mind- a lovely light airy space with lots of seating, and a fantastic 2 story play frame. We have created a relaxed atmosphere where parents can sit back and enjoy a nice cup of coffee while the children play in a safe and secure environment. 

With locally sourced ingredients you can enjoy the freshly prepared meals, or simply enjoy a piece of cake! We are fully licensed & have an extensive menu with choices for all, a range of party packages and great events on at different times though out the year.

Prior to it’s latest incarnation as Cafe Play by Night, the venue began life as The Regent Cinema in 1926. During WWII the building was used as a base for the Home Guard and following that it became a well-known venue under a succession of different names, these included The Casino Ballroom, The Showboat, Tiffany’s, Nutz, Stud’s, Howard’sand Bentley’s!

Bands that played at the venue during this period included Motorhead, Slade, Whitesnake, Mungo Jerry, Pan’s People, Sailor, Van der Graaf Generator and Suzi Quatro.

The venue has literary connections with it mentioned in Dylan Thomas’s short story Old Garbo(although he re-named it The Regal) as well as Kingsley Amis’s short story, Age Old Ceremony at Mumbles.

 We’ve included some information from the archives in the gallery below, however if you have any pictures, details or memories from that period, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Bands that played at the venue over the years are…

David Coverdale, Bethnal, Racing cars, Jenny Haan’s Lion, Heavy Metal Kids, Pleasers, The Enid, Van der Graf Generator, Strider, Pat Travers, Stray, Steve Gibbons, Alkatraz, Nutz, Osibisa, Motorhead, Jim Capaldi, Mungo Jerry, Trapeze, Jasper Carrott, Pan’s People, Sad Café, Metal Ticket, Slade, Suzi quatro, Chi Lites, Real Thing, George McCrae, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, Blaster Bates, Fantastic, Faded Glory, Supercharge, Strawbs, Crawler, Sassafras, Budgie, Frankie Miller