A place to play...
Engage with community...
Make great things...
Learn about games...
About The Arcade Vaults
We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things videogaming. If you make games, play games both old and new, want to learn about games, or would just like to engage with the community in this amazing world of games, then this is the place for you.
At the heart of The Arcade Vaults and its community is you; the players and the creators. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play videogames and even more so, anyone should be able to make them and understand how they are made.
The Stuff We do
- Our arcade is split into two areas - we have a space featuring classic consoles and hundreds of games, with a small free-to-play area where we also serve coffee, tea, drinks and gamer friendly snacks. We are also open on selected evenings for those that like a stronger beverage with their gaming fun!
- We have a dedicated co-working space for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space, with high-speed broadband (wired and wireless), tea and coffee, and a kitchen, plus various tech facilities and business support!
- Our upstairs space is a flexible area available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the space on its own to you, with access to our bar and free-to-play area.
D&D Kids Beginners SessionWed | 21 August 2019 | 13:00 to 17:00Wed | 21 August 2019 | 13:00 to 17:00
We'll be running a summer Dungeons and Dragons session designed for kids aged between 7 and 13 to get into the growing and amazing world of Dungeons and Dragons. Adults are welcome to stay with their children and watch the campaign, but please note this campaign is strictly for them! ;)
The Lost Treasure of Verraad
The Infamous Captain Gold Hart needs you! If you desire adventure and mystery then this is the crew for you. Earn your fortune with the sweat on your brow and the strength of your sword arm and sign on to this dastardly crew! Man The Aquavis and set yourself up for life as we search the perilous seas for the Lost Treasure of Verraad - your fortune awaits!
QuizbitFri | 23 August 2019 | 18:00 to 21:00Fri | 23 August 2019 | 18:00 to 21:00
Quizbit is back! We're running a video game themed quiz night featuring rounds of amazing questions about games and gaming related fun.
Entry to the quiz is only £2, with a maximum of 6 per team. Please note, we'll also be staying open later for anyone who wants to continue their gaming fun in the arcade!
This months' amazing prize will be confirmed soon! :)
SmashadaySat | 24 August 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00Sat | 24 August 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00
Its Smashaday (Smash, on a Saturday!)
We'll be running a series of tournaments throughout the day on Nintendo's amazing Smash Ultimate, including a Juniors tournament for the younger Smash fans in the afternoon, with various prizes available to the victors (in addition to the glory of course)
£3 (access to the arcade is regular pricing but includes tournament entry)
Please note, juniors and doubles will run subject to the number of attendees!
- Juniors (under 14) - from 3pm - FREE
- Doubles - from 5pm - £1 per person
- Singles - after Doubles - £2 per person
The Kids Gaming ClubThu | 8 August 2019 | 10:00 to Thu | 29 August 2019 | 13:00Thu | 8 August 2019 | 10:00 to Thu | 29 August 2019 | 13:00
Parents and guardians! Looking for a chance to take a break for a couple of hours over the busy summer period? Then look no further than our morning club for children aged between 6 and 12. We'll have a dedicated and qualified team member on hand to entertain your children with gaming related activities for a few hours every Thursday morning for all of August!
In the meantime you can grab a coffee and hang out here or escape in town whilst we keep your children busy! There will even be drinks included for the kids... :)
£5 for one child or £8 for two! Payment and information will be taken on the day.
Maximum Melee - Series 4Thu | 8 August 2019 | 17:00 to Thu | 12 September 2019 | 21:00Thu | 8 August 2019 | 17:00 to Thu | 12 September 2019 | 21:00
We're back with a new 6-week series of Melee events across August and September, featuring a mixture of Singles and Doubles tournaments with cash prizes as well as some free play set-ups for getting some practice in.
- Venue fee: £3
- Singles: £2
- Doubles: £1 (note that doubles will be subject to demand)
We're also awarding points to players each week depending on where they finish, which will go towards a league table over the 6 weeks.
Friday Fight NightFri | 13 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00Fri | 13 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
We're introducing a regular Friday Fight Night with brackets for Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and Street Fighter IV. (Note that brackets will run depending on turnout).
Plus, there'll be a smattering of various fighting games throughout gaming history, including retro Mortal Kombat, SFII, Tekken, Virtua Fighter and more!