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Welcome to Konbo
Edinburgh's arcade gaming café
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Vintage Arcade Machines
Classic games on original hardware
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Retro Gaming Goods
Japanese imports & rarities
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About

We bring Japanese arcade culture to Edinburgh in a comfortable café setting. Enjoy vintage 80s/90s/00s arcade games, combined with quality coffee and fresh food. We also stock Japanese snacks & soft drinks, plus retro games & collectables.

We run regular events and tournaments. Check our Facebook page for upcoming event details.

Hire our venue for your event, with game selection of your choice! Email us for more details.

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Games

We have vintage Japanese arcade machines running original game boards (PCBs), from arcade classics through to specialist games rarely seen outside of Japan.

We have more games than we do machines, so the selection is always rotating.

Café

We make a point of sourcing our food from local Edinburgh suppliers. We serve speciality coffee by Artisan Roast, hot chocolate by Coco, a selection of traybakes by Tasty Buns Bakery, and our grilled cheese sandwiches are made with bread from Au Gourmand.

We also stock a range of imported Japanese snacks, instant noodles and soft drinks.

Private Hire

We’re available for private hires! Get the place to yourself for your party / meeting / whatever, with any game selection you like – all on free-play for the duration.

You can hire either our back area (with 3 arcade machines, several tables & seating) or the whole place (6 arcade machines, plenty of tables & seating). We’re happy to put on whatever line-up of games you choose from our collection (subject to availability). Send us an email to start the ball rolling, and we can figure out the best arrangement for you 🙂

FAQ

Q. Is there an entry fee?
A. Not normally, no. We’re a cafe with arcade games; you can just walk in, same as you can with any cafe. The only time there’s an entry fee is during evening events, and even then it varies (you can find a list of upcoming events here). 

Q. Is there an age restriction?
A. No, people of all ages are welcome. The only time this isn’t the case is at our ‘Free Play Night’ event which runs Thursday nights, 8-11pm; there is BYOB at this event, so it is 18+ only. There are no age restrictions at any other times.


Q. How do I play the games? How much does it cost?

A. We sell tokens to use in the arcade machines. It’s £1 for 4 credits.


Q. Are the games emulated? Are they multi-boards?

A. No, we strictly use original arcade hardware. This is the real thing, running in vintage arcade cabinets.


Q. How many games do you have?

A. We have over 80 games rotating across 6 machines, and we’re adding more games to our collection over time. You can see the full game list here.


Q. How often do you change games? When will you next have X game on?

A. We rotate games almost every day, and strive to maintain a mix of different styles on at any one time. 


Q. If I request a game, will you put it on?

A. We’ll do our best! If you request it in person on the day, and we’re not too busy, and an appropriate machine is available, then we’ll be happy to put it on for you. If it’s a game you are specifically coming in to play, we recommend you contact us at least a day in advance to avoid potential disappointment.


Q. What’s the story with your arcade machines?

A. They are all vintage 1990s Japanese ‘candy cabinets’. If you’d like more background details on the machines, we recommend this excellent article on the subject.


Q. Do you ever run tournaments / gaming events?
A. Yes we do, regularly! We run weekly evening events, monthly tournaments, and other special events too. All events are listed on our Facebook page, so check there for full details of what’s lined up.


Q. Can I book your venue for my birthday party / work event / meeting / whatever?

A. Yes, we offer private hires! Contact us to discuss your needs. Generally we can rent out either our back area (with 3 arcade machines, several tables & seating) or the whole place (6 arcade machines, plenty of tables & seating). We’re happy to put on whatever line-up of games you choose from our collection (subject to availability), all on free-play for the duration of the hire. Send us an email to start the ball rolling, and we can figure out the best arrangement for you 🙂

Contact

You can reach us by email at info@konbo.co.uk.

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