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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    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!
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    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.
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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

    Arcade Café

    Fri | 14 December 2018 | 19:00 to 23:00
    Fri | 14 December 2018 | 19:00 to 23:00

    The Arcade Vaults are back for a Christmas edition of the Arcade Café, featuring all the usual amazing games including:

    • A Nintendo corner featuring an NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, and Switch
    • A PS1 (with light guns and dance mats!) and the all-time classic best seller, a PS2
    • An Amiga 1200 with LOADS of games (you name it, we probably have it)
    • Computing classics including the BBC Micro, a Spectrum ZX +2 and a Commodore 64!
    • Giants of the portable wars, the GameBoy Color, a Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx
    • A Sega Megadrive and maybe even a Sega Megadrive II, as well as a Dreamcast
    • Two of the early 80s classic, the Atari 2600 and er a Pong Clone made by Prinztronic

    We also have a special VR set-up from PlayFrame and some tournament fun!

    All for £3.50 - tickets available online at the link or on the door.

    The Tetris Effect Shindig

    Sat | 15 December 2018 | 12:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 15 December 2018 | 12:00 to 22:00

    To celebrate the debut/return of our PSVR, we're having a special day featuring a smorgasbord of Tetris related gaming, including the incredible, unique, must-be-experienced-to-be-believed, Tetris Effect VR!

    Take a break from Christmas shopping and check it out. :)

    If you've never seen Tetris Effect, check this video out. Note that its very hard to describe and must be experienced in VR! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urbLIyd-VsQ

    Rebel Arcade (December)

    Tue | 18 December 2018 | 18:30 to 23:00
    Tue | 18 December 2018 | 18:30 to 23:00

    We're back at Tiny Rebel Cardiff after a short break hosting our last regular monthly retro gaming night of the year Rebel Arcade. We're rejigging a bit and will only be in the Beer Hall, but as a special treat you can get an exclusive go at not just the amazing Tetris Effect on the PSVR but also the amazing Beat Saber (also on the PSVR).

    And of course, you can get your hands on the fantastic beer and cider selection available from Tiny Rebel whilst enjoying our classic consoles, computers and games.

    All for a mere £3 entry on the door!

    Retro Videogame Night (December)

    Wed | 19 December 2018 | 18:00 to 22:00
    Wed | 19 December 2018 | 18:00 to 22:00

    We're back at the Tiny Rebel Brewery after a short break for another night of gaming fun! Expect a large selection including Sonic, Mario, Pac-man, dancing games, shooting games, rocking out with Guitar Hero and FIVE decades of gaming fun!

    £3 entry on the door!


    Quizbit - Christmas Edition

    Fri | 21 December 2018 | 18:30 to 21:00
    Fri | 21 December 2018 | 18:30 to 21:00

    This year's Games Wales last Cardiff social of the year welcomes the return of the deadly Christmas Quiz, hosted at The Arcade Vaults and open to all! Challenge your knowledge on all gaming matters, from this year's gaming news, the latest in the game dev scene, and of course all this retrogaming!

    Entry is FREE for the entire Arcade! Bring your Christmas jumpers - gaming themed ones get a prize!

    Player Nation 2019

    Fri | 12 April 2019 | 18:00 to Sat | 13 April 2019 | 15:00
    Fri | 12 April 2019 | 18:00 to Sat | 13 April 2019 | 15:00

    Announcing Player Nation 2019, now across TWO days, with a special evening for the grown ups and an all day festival of fun for all the family!

    More details will be announced soon, but for now, keep the date free for next year.

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