Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

Arcade, Bar, and Cocktail Bar
Old Town Chinatown, Portland
  • This arcade is famous for their arcade games. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Jason X.
    "drink PBRs real fast, and play Dr. Who Pinball upstairs."(40 Tips)
    carrie k.
    "check out free play every second Thursday and last Wednesday!"(7 Tips)
    Tim N.
    "All there hotdogs, good stiff drinks and great video games"(17 Tips)
    Josh C.
    "... pinball machines and classic arcade games of the 70s 80s and 90s. Best part is that..."(5 Tips)
170 Tips and reviews
  • pinball
  • video games
  • free play
  • killer queen
  • classic arcade games
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  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngAugust 6, 2016
    The bee game gfg
  • Marina L.
    Marina LadudaMay 15, 2016
    Go play some games with your new friends.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenJuly 31, 2014
    This place is awesome! The arcade machines are outfitted with cup holders so you can drink alcohol while playing old-school arcade games.
  • Kieran H.
    Kieran HealyJune 10, 2014
    Typical douchebag door guy that was rude to out-of-towners. Machines didn't seem as well maintained as other arcade bars that have technicians on staff regularly servicing equipment.
  • Bobbi F.
    Bobbi FosterMay 12, 2015
    The bathroom was awesome. Tiled to imitate a pacman game.
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChanJuly 7, 2013
    Amazing arcade with tons of pinball machines and classic arcade games of the 70s 80s and 90s. Best part is that the games are still a quarter to play!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaJanuary 12, 2015
    Street fighter and beer.
  • Deanna H.
    Deanna HillSeptember 6, 2015
    Great old school games!
  • Brian
    BrianJanuary 13, 2010
    Go on Tuesday and play Rock Band.
  • Paul D.
    Paul DDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 all you can play on theist Wednesday and second Thursday every month from 5pm-3am
  • Luke M.
    Luke MichaelsJuly 7, 2016
    Great arcade with many classic games (Burger Time!) and pinball machines. There is a full bar and many of the items on their food menu can be made vegan.
  • Shrub
    ShrubOctober 9, 2011
    This is my favorite place to end the night.
  • Rowe I.
    Rowe I AMMarch 22, 2014
    Cool place to be for adult in their 40s+
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerOctober 7, 2011
    Owners are super friendly and will give out free-plays on the spot. Also: 4 player Pac-man is the great equalizer - beloved by bros and nerds alike.
  • Joshua C.
    Joshua ConleyDecember 21, 2015
    Arcade games, pinball, and booze! Hell yeah! Gamer grub and quarter slots for the win!
  • Jess ⚓
    Jess ⚓December 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun and cheap date place. Bring quarters to play the games and wear shoes you won't cry over when someone inevitably spills beer on them.
  • Zac S.
    Zac SniderOctober 6, 2014
    Their big ass fan doesn't really stand a chance against all the games.
  • Roy B.
    Roy BrittonDecember 2, 2016
    Decent. Small place though. Has a lot of classic arcade games and a nice pinball selection. If that's your thing, can drop 10 bucks and have a good time.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]October 22, 2012
    For those gamers out there, this is a place to see. Bring back those awesome memories as a child. From Donkey Kong to Mortal Kombat, this place has it all! Bring quarters, bring lots of quarters!
  • Megan F.
    Megan FinnertyJune 6, 2014
    Paying for games is kinda lame. The arcade bars in Chicago are free.
  • Smedette
    SmedetteAugust 11, 2013
    $2 cover on nights they have a DJ. Boo on both counts.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly W.March 5, 2010
    Play your way through the 80s video games and pinball machines to the upstairs back corner: Dance Dance Revolution, people! Really earn that PBR.
  • Dew Tour
    Dew TourAugust 12, 2010
    Feels like "Bishop of Battle" up in here. Bring your quarters, your love of BPR, and we'll see you in the 13th level. Just you and the game man.
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LawrenceMarch 10, 2013
    Eat the hummus sandwicch, it's delicious!
  • Joe Z.
    Joe ZMay 15, 2013
    Fans of big multiplayer arcade games will find "TMNT: Turtles in Time", "The Simpsons" & "X-Men: Children of the Atom" a great blast from the past. Bring friends to play along for the best experience.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BibeauJuly 29, 2016
    Great pinball selection.
  • sam d.
    sam davidApril 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    fun fact: the flooring is LEED-certified recycled rubber.
  • Ben
    BenJuly 12, 2013
    Great place for out of towners. Awesome staff, friendly vibes and cheap drinks. Definitely plan on ending your nights here.
  • Lucille B.
    Lucille ButlerSeptember 9, 2016
    Super Mario Kart, a bunch of 4+ player games, TONS of pinball machines and I think I peeped a DDR Extreme machine, all in good condition. Thursday happy hour makes the spot hot as hell temp. wise.
  • Matt
    MattFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Coming on a Friday or Saturday? Get here before 8:30 to avoid the line and always check the table for drunk noob credits.
  • Rory K.
    Rory KaluzaSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink beer, play pacman, have fun!
  • Oregon Music Hall of Fame
    Good pinball!
  • Tim N.
    Tim NortonJanuary 27, 2016
    All there hotdogs, good stiff drinks and great video games
  • Drew T.
    Drew TysonAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Free play every second Thursday and last Wednesday only $5 entry
  • Chris T.
    Chris TrewAugust 10, 2014
    Paid my rent here with Galaga winnings
  • Lori B.
    Lori BiletnikoffNovember 2, 2014
    A great place to play all the old games. Adults only...which is nice
  • Rick O.
    Rick OlsonMarch 31, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    attend rock band night, every Tuesday
  • Gehlen E.
    Gehlen ExumAugust 25, 2014
    Do not go on weekends after ten- you will end up hating people because it is so crowded
  • Annie M.
    Annie MediciMarch 9, 2016
    Addams family pinball!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisonMarch 29, 2015
    A fantastic place to grab a beer and play some well maintained pins!
  • Paulina
    PaulinaJuly 11, 2013
    Mortal Kombat + cider. Do it.
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinSeptember 4, 2012
    They have Tempest! And Tetris! And Dr. Mario!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MuhrJune 8, 2013
    Paperboy stand-up arcade game!
  • Larry A.
    Larry AndersonNovember 30, 2015
    What's not to like about this place? Awesome selection of stuff, immaculately maintained machines, and a place to hang out and drink/snack. SPEND YOUR MONIES HERE!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's Travel1 week ago
    Billed as the West Coast’s “premier classic arcade,” the bar preserves the “golden age” of video games with dozens of arcade games and pinball machines. Read more
  • Garick C.
    Garick ChanFebruary 23, 2011
    :( The racing game ate a dollar of my quarters and the manager with a mustache wouldn't give me a refund. Poor #customerservice so I just left.
  • Charles S.
    Charles SimmonsMarch 16, 2012
    Whenever you're in Portland, come here for your classic arcade game fix. Beer and Wine and the hard stuff soon to come. Light refreshments and great fun for everyone.
  • Casey S.
    Casey SullivanOctober 21, 2016
    Decent beer and lots of fun games.
  • Allen
    AllenSeptember 19, 2015
    Killer Queen is super addictive.
  • Victor N.
    Victor NguyenFebruary 12, 2012
    Piss on Pac-Man! Power-up!
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