I love an activity bar and we are very lucky in Cardiff to have quite a few, with everything from crazy golf to ball pits to darts. The newest activity bar to open in Cardiff is Alcotraz Cardiff: Cell Block Nine-One, which before going I didn't really know what it was.

I knew it was prison-themed, I knew it involved smuggling drinks in, I knew I'd have to wear a very flattering orange jumpsuit and that was about it. Trying to do more research before going I found the website a little vague, calling it "an exciting theatrical prison experience" which I understand as it only adds to the excitement and anticipation.

So on a Friday night I turned up outside Alcotraz, with my fellow "cellmate" (my friend), interested to see what was to come. Alcotraz is in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter and from the outside looks quite unassuming. You can keep up to date with the latest What's On news by signing up to the newsletter here.

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My friend and I joined the queue, had our bottle of alcohol we were "sneaking" in checked to see if it was sealed, and then allowed in. First, we had a quick safety and rule briefing before being told we were Cell D and got introduced to the first guard of the night - Gilly.

Gilly was a very excitable, very enthusiastic guard who gave us our very flattering orange jumpsuits and took us up to meet our second guard of the night - Willy, both of whom had great American accents. Willy was a bit more relaxed and briefed us on the golden rule, we could trust our fellow cellmate Cassidy and to prove he could trust us had to repeat the code words (I won't spoil the code words for you) back to him.

Two people posing in a fake prison cell
We got trapped in our cell

From there we were led into our cells which were impressive, it did feel a bit like being on a movie set. Each cell had its own bunk, stools, toilet, sink, shelf, and of course bars - making for some great photo opportunities. There was a lot of attention to detail in the cells which definitely added to the experience.

Here came the bit I had heard about - putting on the orange jumpsuit. While I am not sure bright orange all over is my best look it did add to the fun getting into costume and was entertaining to watch my friend wiggle into his.

After repeating the code words to Cassidy our smuggled-in alcohol bottle was whisked away and the show began. Throughout the night our aim was the defeat the evil warden and break out of Alcotraz. Want less ads? Download WalesOnline’s Premium app on Apple or Android.

Three people taking a selfie
We made friends with Cassidy

We were given different tasks to do, ours was to butter up the warden so we could get the governor's number as part of the big escape plan - again, I won't give away any spoilers. Between the different tasks the actors, Gilly, Willy, Cassidy, and the warden acted out different scenes and they deserve a special shout-out.

The acting was very good and they stayed in character all night, constantly chatting to us all and never breaking their character. It was very impressive to see such good improv acting as we spoke to them about their lives before working in Alcotraz, Gilly has a particularly sad backstory involving some wolves, and what it was like working in the prison.

Throughout the night we were brought out different drinks using the alcohol we had provided and I was also impressed by this as the talented bartender turned our raspberry gin into five very nice cocktails. The drinks were also extremely well presented, with glitter and fruit, which I thought was a very nice touch.

Two cocktails
The cocktails were great

Overall I had fun at Alcotraz and the acting and cocktails were the real highlights. I didn't realise it was going to be immersive theatre for the whole time, again I wasn't really sure what to expect and I'm not sure if it is something I would go back to do again, having already done it.

It was a good night out however being spoilt for choice in Cardiff for activity bars I think Alcotraz faces some fierce competition. If you love immersive theatre you will certainly love this and it a great to see a new and very different activity bar open in Cardiff.