Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

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Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby JackieHarris » May 17th, 2017, 9:45 am

I've been working on this quietly for a while, and we're finally open! :D

Konbo is a Japanese arcade inspired cafe in Edinburgh. We have candy cabs running a range of games (all original PCBs, of course) in a pleasant cafe environment, with good quality coffee & locally sourced pastries, cakes, plus some Japanese sodas and snacks. 2 Blasts, 2 NACs, 2 Astros, imported stools and a mix of vintage and repro arcade art.

We just opened this past weekend, and we've had a great response so far. A nice mix of casual and hardcore gamers, all different ages, plus people just coming in for a quiet coffee and a cake :)

Please come visit us if you're in the area. There's a full list of games, plus opening hours, directions, etc. on the website: http://www.konbo.co.uk

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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby jugemscloud » May 17th, 2017, 10:54 am

i seen this had opened at the weekend, best of luck with your endeavour. ill be through in edinburgh in the next few weeks and be sure to pop in.

is possible to get games changed around? as thats an issue we've had with the 1.5 arcade places through here that the staff aren't knowledgeable on the equipment so tech faults aren't being identified and addressed and no shmups to play (even if we bring our own :lol: ) as they're scared to change games (megabytes is not worth the time imo they can't even clean their crockery - greasy coffee no thanks, and super bario doesn't have any vert cabs so despite the fact that my studio is within 1 minute walking distance of it I've been in twice for a total of 1 hour)
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby JackieHarris » May 17th, 2017, 11:08 am

jugemscloud wrote:i seen this had opened at the weekend, best of luck with your endeavour. ill be through in edinburgh in the next few weeks and be sure to pop in.

is possible to get games changed around? as thats an issue we've had with the 1.5 arcade places through here that the staff aren't knowledgeable on the equipment so tech faults aren't being identified and addressed and no shmups to play (even if we bring our own :lol: ) as they're scared to change games (megabytes is not worth the time imo they can't even clean their crockery - greasy coffee no thanks, and super bario doesn't have any vert cabs so despite the fact that my studio is within 1 minute walking distance of it I've been in twice for a total of 1 hour)


Thanks! :)

Yeah, absolutely, we're taking regular requests for game changes. Got over 40 PCBs we're rotating, plus happy to put certain games on if we get a bit of notice or aren't too busy on the day! The team are getting trained up on games & cab maintenance too, so shouldn't be an issue there :)

Got 1 dedicated vert cab (Blast) so will always have at least 1 shmup running.
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby markedkiller78 » May 17th, 2017, 1:22 pm

8-) I'll definitely try to pop in next time I'm in the capital
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby cools » May 17th, 2017, 2:31 pm

Want some AO stickers to brighten up the place? :awe:
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby garrz32 » May 17th, 2017, 5:40 pm

Am down in that neck of the woods in July, I might have time to nip in past. Out of interest how close/far is it from Grassmarket.
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby nem » May 17th, 2017, 5:43 pm

That's awesome :awe:
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby Dache » May 17th, 2017, 6:02 pm

Amazing! If I'm ever in Edinburgh for work, I'll be sure to make an effort to come down!

You've nailed the game side of it, so what's your coffee like? What sort of grinder/espresso setup are you running? I saw you get your beans from Artisan Roast and those guys are great - did you go through their training as well? I'm one of those massive coffee snobs so if you hit that, I'll be dead impressed. (And jealous.)
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby JackieHarris » May 17th, 2017, 7:06 pm

Cheers for the comments! :)

garrz32: it's about a 15 minute walk from Grassmarket.

Dache: We have a beautiful La Marzocco GB5, an Anfim grinder, and we're well trained up ;)
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby garrz32 » May 17th, 2017, 8:07 pm

ahh thanks bud, it's such a niche market I wish you luck ...

Time willing, I'll be in past to have a blast on your cabs :thumbup:
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby wigsplitta » May 17th, 2017, 8:36 pm

That's a really nice looking setup you've created. Coffee, cabs and cool decals/posters. Really hope it all goes well for you. Great to see that Edmond is in the mix too, he'll keep everyone in line :awe:
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby charlie chong » May 17th, 2017, 8:48 pm

i would of been down already but i had an abcess on my bottom :wtf: so sitting on a stool wasn't my idea of a good time and i got a recovering broken foot too so yeah :lol: might try for friday or saturday tho
mark will pm you my new moby no if ever you fancy rolling through at some point :awe:

also installing ketsui and d.o.j on one wooden board is a good idea cos they are both the same screen size/position and it will make swapping easy for your helpers ;) i will even donate a jamma extension harness to make it easier for them if you want :awe:
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby JackieHarris » May 17th, 2017, 9:09 pm

charlie chong wrote:i would of been down already but i had an abcess on my bottom :wtf: so sitting on a stool wasn't my idea of a good time and i got a recovering broken foot too so yeah :lol: might try for friday or saturday tho

Bad news, hopefully see you at the weekend if you've recovered!

charlie chong wrote:also installing ketsui and d.o.j on one wooden board is a good idea cos they are both the same screen size/position and it will make swapping easy for your helpers ;) i will even donate a jamma extension harness to make it easier for them if you want :awe:

Nice tip :thumbup:
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby Rossyra » May 17th, 2017, 10:34 pm

8-)

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Postby trev1976 » May 17th, 2017, 11:36 pm

Looks really good..
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby rodwod » May 18th, 2017, 3:40 am

Great Idea. :awe:
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Postby mastercello » May 18th, 2017, 1:50 pm

Nice one, congrats!

Bad that i've been in Edinburgh two weeks ago... :cry:
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby monouchi » May 18th, 2017, 2:38 pm

Awesome. :awe:

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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby gray117 » May 19th, 2017, 12:07 pm

Looks very good, and not over the top - coolest coffee slinger I've seen for sure - best of luck!
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Re: Konbo arcade cafe, Edinburgh

Postby emphatic » May 19th, 2017, 3:42 pm

Very nice place!

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