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

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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, tailerod 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


    Sat | 22 February 2020 | 16:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 22 February 2020 | 16:00 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)

    Venue fee:
    £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 4pm - FREE
    • Doubles - from 5pm - £1 per person
    • Singles - after Doubles - £2 per person

    Friday Fight Night

    Fri | 28 February 2020 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 28 February 2020 | 17:00 to 21:00

    The Arcade Vaults and the South Wales Fighting Game Community join forces to bring you an evening of Fighting games!

    We'll have the newest and best fighters available to play, with possible tournaments running for a select few games depending on the registration.

    Plus, there'll be a smattering of various fighting games throughout gaming history, including retro Mortal Kombat, SFII, Tekken, Virtua Fighter and more!

    Dungeons & Dragons: One-Shot

    Sat | 29 February 2020 | 12:00 to 21:00
    Sat | 29 February 2020 | 12:00 to 21:00

    Have you ever wanted to play a Role Play Game but been a little bit put off? Did you ever have those friends in School who played Dungeons and Dragons and always wanted to play but were worried what your other friends would think?

    This is your chance!! – Dungeons and Dragons or DnD as it’s known for short is the world’s most popular Role Play Game (RPG). For February we're following on from the popularity of our January event and are once again running a special adventure in all 8 sessions - The Vanishing Circle - The Final Drum from Below.. Each party in each session will take part in the same adventure, competing to be the best adventurers you can be with perhaps a small prize for the winning group...

    Will you survive to escape the Tomb of Brundith Axehand!?

    The Vanishing Circle - The Final Drum from Below.

    The Last Thane of the Axehand Clan, Morgrud has hired you to visit the tomb of his ancestors and retrieve the fable Axe of Brundith. The Axehand Clan has fallen on hard times and hopes to revive it’s fortunes by retrieving the fabled weapon of their forefathers from its final resting place below Mount Bonespear.

    Join us as your group of intrepid adventures delves into the depths of the tomb beneath Mount Bonespear, take on all manner of evil creatures as you try reach the inner sanctum and the tomb of Brundith Axehand himself.

    Be Warned! Axehand scouts have returned from the tomb smeared in all manners of slime, grunge and grime and warn that it has become the home of all manners of evil creatures which you will have to overcome to complete your mission! The Dwarves tell of drums echoing in the deep, dark fastness below the tomb itself...

    Maximum Melee - Winter League

    Thu | 30 January 2020 | 18:00 to Thu | 19 March 2020 | 21:00
    Thu | 30 January 2020 | 18:00 to Thu | 19 March 2020 | 21:00

    The Maximum Melee League is back after a successful initial run, for its 8 week Winter series! Over the weeks there'll be the usual singles brackets (with cash prizes) too.

    The weekly venue fee will still be £3, but we'll be upping the bracket fee to £3, of which £1 goes to the league prize pool and £2 goes to the weekly one. We'll also be using a new mod and ruleset (more info to follow).

    How it works:

    • The top 6 players weekly get 10, 8, 6, 4, 3, or 2 points depending on where they finish.
    • A minimum of 4 weeks of participation in weeklies will be needed to be part of the league.
    • The league prize pool will be split for top 3 players 60/30/10.
    • There will be a trophy :)

    Stream will available at https://twitch.tv/thearcadevaults

    Wayback Wednesday

    Wed | 12 February 2020 | 13:00 to Wed | 1 April 2020 | 18:00
    Wed | 12 February 2020 | 13:00 to Wed | 1 April 2020 | 18:00

    Introducing Wayback Wednesday, retro gaming for students! For the next 8 weeks, every Wed from 1pm-5pm any student with valid a ID gets entry for just £3, as well as 15% off ALL drinks. Bring on the retro gaming...

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