About The Arcade Vaults

We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things gaming. 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 games and even more so, anyone should be able to make them and understand how they are made.

The Stuff We do

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    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!
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    The Community Rooms are our co-working and events space, tailored for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do but open to everyone to experience. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space for work, with high-speed broadband (wired and wireless), tea and coffee, and a kitchen, plus various tech facilities and business support!
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    Our Upper Arcade and The Community Rooms are available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the spaces on their own to you, with access to our bar.
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    We organise events and parties across the UK. And we really do everything, including supplying the gaming gear and screens, promotion of the event, set-up, photography, prizes and so on! We also do educational seminars and networking events for those of you in the community looking to learn something new or meet like-minded people.

Upcoming Events

    Maximum Melee

    Thu | 19 May 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 19 May 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00

    Melee is back!

    We'll kick off with a singles tournament bracket and go from there - no pre-registration required, just turn up for now.

    - Venue fee: £3
    - Singles: £2

    Board Gaming at TAV

    Thu | 19 May 2022 | 16:30 to 22:00
    Thu | 19 May 2022 | 16:30 to 22:00

    Great if you love board games or maybe want to get into them and play with some friends (old and new)

    You are welcome to bring your own board games as well if you want.

    £3 per person
    No need to book just turn up and start playing.

    Starts at 4.30pm and runs until 10pm

    Join our FB group as well if you want to arrange with other players or just see what games we have on offer: https://www.facebook.com/groups/arcadevaultsboardgame

    Rehearsal - Cardiff Smash Ultimate Weeklies

    Fri | 20 May 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Fri | 20 May 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00

    Rehearsal is the Cardiff Smash weeklies from Showtime, Wales' number 1 Smash Ultimate Scene!

    Pre-sign ups are essential, so as this is a weekly event we'll direct you to their Discord for more information.

    Quizbit: 90s Edition

    Sat | 21 May 2022 | 19:00 to 20:30
    Sat | 21 May 2022 | 19:00 to 20:30

    Quizbit, our brain bending quiz is back this month for a 90s edition, hosted as ever by the lovely Tom!

    Test your general gaming *and geeky* knowledge in several rounds of mayhem! 6 max per team, with a £3 entry per person and a big prize for the winner!

    Rehearsal - Cardiff Smash Ultimate Weeklies

    Fri | 27 May 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Fri | 27 May 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00

    Rehearsal is the Cardiff Smash weeklies from Showtime, Wales' number 1 Smash Ultimate Scene!

    Pre-sign ups are essential, so as this is a weekly event we'll direct you to their Discord for more information.

    Maximum Melee

    Thu | 2 June 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 2 June 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00

    Melee is back!

    We'll kick off with a singles tournament bracket and go from there - no pre-registration required, just turn up for now.

    - Venue fee: £3
    - Singles: £2

    Rehearsal - Cardiff Smash Ultimate Weeklies

    Fri | 3 June 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Fri | 3 June 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00

    Rehearsal is the Cardiff Smash weeklies from Showtime, Wales' number 1 Smash Ultimate Scene!

    Pre-sign ups are essential, so as this is a weekly event we'll direct you to their Discord for more information.

    Rehearsal - Cardiff Smash Ultimate Weeklies

    Fri | 10 June 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00
    Fri | 10 June 2022 | 17:00 to 22:00

    Rehearsal is the Cardiff Smash weeklies from Showtime, Wales' number 1 Smash Ultimate Scene!

    Pre-sign ups are essential, so as this is a weekly event we'll direct you to their Discord for more information.

    The Vault (Smash Melee at TAV)

    Sat | 11 June 2022 | 11:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 11 June 2022 | 11:00 to 21:00

    Wales's first Smash Melee regional since 2019 is finally here - The Vault happening on Saturday 11th June! Tickets must be purchased online at smash.gg - link below!

    FEATURING

    • 32 Person Cap for Melee Singles
    • 16 Team Cap Doubles tournament
    • Phoenix Smash Live Stream
    • 10% off all food and drink in the venue

    PRICING

    • Registration fee - £10
    • Melee Singles - £5
    • Melee Doubles - £3 Per Person / £6 Per Team

    SCHEDULE

    • Venue opens - 11:00
    • Doubles - 12:00 - 14:00
    • Singles wave A - 14:00 - 15:30
    • Singles wave B - 15:30 - 17:00
    • Singles brackets - 17:30 until finish

    Please note: We kindly ask that no external food and drink is brought into the premises. This will be strictly enforced, thanks for understanding!

    Maximum Melee

    Thu | 16 June 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 16 June 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00

    Melee is back!

    We'll kick off with a singles tournament bracket and go from there - no pre-registration required, just turn up for now.

    - Venue fee: £3
    - Singles: £2

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27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB