January 19, 2022

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Pontypridd’s first cocktail bar and live music venue is opening

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Pontypridd is about to see its first cocktail bar and music venue open in the town centre.

No 12 is set to welcome its first customers later this month, and its aim is to get the community together to enjoy some drinks and sample the best local music the county borough has to offer.

The business will be run under the watchful eye of Robyn Benge, 26, and her partner Craig Rees, 33. The couple have had big plans for the premises on Market Street since way before the coronavirus pandemic began. Now, a year-and-a-half on, they are finally about to see their dream become a reality.

Robyn said: “My partner and I are musicians ourselves and we have gone around the pubs. We have managed bars in the past, so we just thought we should give it a go ourselves.

“We want it to become a community hub where we have local music and local artwork.”

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Robyn said, as far as she’s aware, she doesn’t think the town has really had a cocktail bar before so the team will be offering people something new when they finally open the bar doors later this month.

No 12 will also stock beer from local breweries, and there will be a focus on supplying local produce.

Since announcing the bar would be opening, Robyn said the love and support they have received has been lovely.

Strawberry Daiquiri made with fresh strawberries at No 12 cocktail bar

Pontypridd is getting its first cocktail bar and live music venue

She added: “We couldn’t believe the amount of support we have had. It’s been quite overwhelming.

“We took it over just before Covid and we had all these dreams. We waited for the work and couldn’t open so it’s been a long time for us. It’s been quite emotional seeing everyone get behind us, and telling us to go for it.”

No 12 will open for the first time on August 9, and is now taking bookings for tables.

The venue will be open from Monday to Saturday, but the details about official opening times are due to be released soon so visit the Facebook page for all the latest updates, and to make any reservations.

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