Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

Arcade, Bar, and Cocktail Bar
Old Town Chinatown, Portland
  • Jason X.
    "drink PBRs real fast, and play Dr. Who Pinball upstairs."(38 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"(16 Tips)
    Josh C.
    "... pinball machines and classic arcade games of the 70s 80s and 90s. Best part is that..."(5 Tips)
168 Tips and reviews
  • pinball
  • video games
  • free play
  • killer queen
  • classic arcade games
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  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeMarch 18
    Overcrowded on a rainy saturday; tough to navigate around
  • Emily J.
    Emily JordanJanuary 9
    Trivia seems like the best bet, or DDR upstairs
  • Sydney W.
    Love it! But stick with the beer the mixed drinks are poorly made.
  • 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.
  • Casey S.
    Casey SullivanOctober 21, 2016
    Decent beer and lots of fun games.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeOctober 16, 2016
    Awesome pinball machines! Most are only 50 cents each
  • Tristan R.
    Tristan RhodesideSeptember 21, 2016
    Step back into the 80s with authentic retro arcade games and an entire second floor of pinball. And have some beer while you're playing!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SchneiderSeptember 16, 2016
    Fun environment for old school arcade video games, with a nice addition of good food and drink.
  • 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.
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngAugust 6, 2016
    The bee game gfg
  • Michael B.
    Michael BibeauJuly 29, 2016
    Great pinball selection.
  • 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.
  • Vahid
    VahidJune 3, 2016
    If you are born in 80s you will love this place!
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanMay 30, 2016
    Free play Sundays!
  • Sam D.
    Sam DuboffMay 29, 2016
    Terrible experience don't go here.
  • Alexandro S.
    Alexandro SamanoMay 18, 2016
    Funny place to be!!
  • Marina L.
    Marina LadudaMay 15, 2016
    Go play some games with your new friends.
  • Erik T.
    Erik ThompsonMarch 30, 2016
    Pinball and classic arcade games!
  • Annie M.
    Annie MediciMarch 9, 2016
    Addams family pinball!
  • Katie H.
    Katie H.February 12, 2016
    Bring some cash and play some Tekken!
  • Tim N.
    Tim NortonJanuary 27, 2016
    All there hotdogs, good stiff drinks and great video games
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuJanuary 7, 2016
    they have DDR for 50 cents!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Allen
    AllenSeptember 19, 2015
    Killer Queen is super addictive.
  • Ty S.
    Ty SmithSeptember 16, 2015
    Get a large group of friends or strangers and play Killer Queens.
  • Zach N.
    Zach NegreySeptember 11, 2015
    Arcade with fun old games. $5 to get in games were free.
  • Deanna H.
    Deanna HillSeptember 6, 2015
    Great old school games!
  • Logan S.
    Logan SmithAugust 27, 2015
    Free play night is great.
  • Ian M.
    Ian McClaneAugust 25, 2015
    Pinball and booze!
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartAugust 9, 2015
    Amazing arcade with cheap drinks, classic consoles and cutting edge pinball.
  • Erin M.
    Erin M.June 14, 2015
    Check out the bathrooms!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WalekeJune 7, 2015
    Fun video game place, the pinball machines could use some more lighting.
  • Bobbi F.
    Bobbi FosterMay 12, 2015
    The bathroom was awesome. Tiled to imitate a pacman game.
  • Jayren
    JayrenApril 1, 2015
    You know as a kid i never got into videogames i wonder if it was a blind thing that caused that.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisonMarch 29, 2015
    A fantastic place to grab a beer and play some well maintained pins!
  • Andre W.
    Andre WyattFebruary 20, 2015
    This bar is home to one of the three copies of Killer Queen, the hottest arcade game since Asteroids. Bring a couple friends and experience it here first.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJanuary 19, 2015
    Great cheap arcade games for $0.25 or $0.50 a round. Grab a drink and some snacks. You're going to stay a while.
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJanuary 18, 2015
    '94 World Cup pinball in upstairs in corner to the left as you head upstairs, opposite Paperboy. Ask for refunds downstairs when pinball eats your quarters.
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaJanuary 12, 2015
    Street fighter and beer.
  • Micah S.
    Micah SpielerJanuary 11, 2015
    Time crisis is in the back corner, and pin ball is upstairs. Bar doesn't open until 5pm, btw.
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganJanuary 4, 2015
    The blaring death metal drove us outside into the record low temperatures. I prefer Coin Jam in Salem.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrennemanDecember 25, 2014
    Killer queen is a great game. Play with at least 6 people. Ask others to join in the fun. They will thank you for teaching them
  • Josh F.
    Josh FajardoDecember 21, 2014
    Retro arcade with reasonably priced drinks. Hella fun
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsDecember 1, 2014
    So much fun to play pinball and drink at the same time
  • Luis M.
    Luis MendozaNovember 7, 2014
    Beers and old school arcade games? Did I mention pinball? Yes please!
  • Lori B.
    Lori BiletnikoffNovember 2, 2014
    A great place to play all the old games. Adults only...which is nice
    IIIIIVIRUSIIIIIOctober 18, 2014
    Play X-men as Colossus, duh.
  • Zac S.
    Zac SniderOctober 6, 2014
    Their big ass fan doesn't really stand a chance against all the games.
  • Gregory M.
    Gregory MilaniOctober 4, 2014
    A must go place for gamers aficionados
  • Bethy
    BethySeptember 30, 2014
    The dream of the 90s (and 80s) is truly alive at Ground Kontrol.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiSeptember 27, 2014
    If there's one thing you do, play 4-player Pacman.
  • J Z.
    J ZoellickSeptember 19, 2014
    Pinball games and vintage 80's games what's not to love here
  • Beau G.
    Beau GundersonSeptember 15, 2014
    Terminator 2 pinball!
  • carrie k.
    carrie kissellAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    check out free play every second Thursday and last Wednesday! (but please don't so I don't have to wait in line)
  • Gehlen E.
    Gehlen ExumAugust 25, 2014
    Do not go on weekends after ten- you will end up hating people because it is so crowded
  • Seth G.
    Seth GeogheganAugust 25, 2014
    I'm a kid again!
  • Morgan N.
    Morgan NelsonAugust 24, 2014
    Make sure you hit up the pinball upstairs!
  • 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
  • David S.
    David SmithAugust 8, 2014
    My childhood reborn
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmAugust 8, 2014
    Come on man! Quit hogging Space Invaders! Play a variety of games while you're here (that's the whole point).
  • Marc C.
    Marc CharbonneauAugust 8, 2014
    Pinball, video games and beer. Sometimes crowded and loud, but still fun.
  • Erik G.
    Erik GranlundAugust 7, 2014
    Classic arcade bar!? Heaven!
  • Nick J.
    Nick JohnsonAugust 7, 2014
    You'll need ID to get in, and they don't take non-US driving licences.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GardellaAugust 6, 2014
    Amazing pinball collection upstairs.
  • Joakim
    JoakimAugust 6, 2014
    Cool locale with lots of retro arcade games
  • 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.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 2, 2014
    Video games + cocktails = !!!
  • J W.
    J WJune 27, 2014
    4 man PAC MAN
  • 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.
  • Megan F.
    Megan FinnertyJune 6, 2014
    Paying for games is kinda lame. The arcade bars in Chicago are free.
  • Dinner N.
    Dinner NinjaApril 10, 2014
    Classic arcade. Games .25, pinball .50. Kids OK before 5pm.
  • Rowe I.
    Rowe I AMMarch 22, 2014
    Cool place to be for adult in their 40s+
  • Jon T.
    Jon TyburskiJanuary 7, 2014
    Get there early so you can get the full food menu. Nothing goes better with video games than vegan corn dogs.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BakerDecember 31, 2013
    Tons of well kept cabinets and an awesome, unique menu
  • natattack_77
    natattack_77October 21, 2013
    I'm sad to be leaving Portland because I fell in love with this place. My childhood was thankful for the visit. Best hour of my life and $3 I ever spent!
  • Justen M.
    Justen MartianSeptember 10, 2013
    Fan of The Simpsons? Check out The Simpsons arcade game!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LeeSeptember 9, 2013
    Heaven on earth for those of us that grew up playing these classic arcades in the 80s. (720, Star Wars, Bubble Bobble, Double Dragon 2). Most games are still a quarter like they were back in the day.
  • Matt
    MattAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Twilight Zone tilts like a mother fucker. Touch her gently.
  • Smedette
    SmedetteAugust 11, 2013
    $2 cover on nights they have a DJ. Boo on both counts.
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CraftJuly 30, 2013
    Pac Man tile floor in the bathroom!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Anastasia X.
    Anastasia XJuly 20, 2013
    This place rocks! I could play video games all night. So much fun on the classics, Galaga and Star Wars. Also serves food and drinks. Loads of fun.
  • Ben
    BenJuly 12, 2013
    Great place for out of towners. Awesome staff, friendly vibes and cheap drinks. Definitely plan on ending your nights here.
  • Paulina
    PaulinaJuly 11, 2013
    Mortal Kombat + cider. Do it.
  • 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!
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WooJuly 1, 2013
    All the machines have cup holders for your beers!!
  • Tom F.
    Tom FuertesJune 15, 2013
    Bouncer openly mocked and dismissed our EU patrons for not having US issued IDs. As a group we were all sober and amicable. Very disappointing as it came highly referred by the local in our party.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 12, 2013
    It's like stepping into Tron! Read more
  • Jason M.
    Jason MuhrJune 8, 2013
    Paperboy stand-up arcade game!
  • Avi S.
    Avi SchwabMay 20, 2013
    Open until 2:30AM every day.
  • 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.
  • Dartanion L.
    Dartanion LondonMay 9, 2013
    Brown-haired bartender guy makes seriously weak drinks. Stick to bottled stuff.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherApril 20, 2013
    Fantastic place, brings back good memories.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissApril 17, 2013
    If you're a retro game enthusiast, this is your Nirvana. Drinks are reasonable, however the food is kiddy party fare - c'mon, who really ate well in the 80's?
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LawrenceMarch 10, 2013
    Eat the hummus sandwicch, it's delicious!
  • 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.
  • Spike
    SpikeFebruary 11, 2013
    Your evening: Beer, arcade games, food. Then more beer, and more arcade games.
  • Sandy M.
    Sandy MëenddozaJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Check the slots for extra change today I found like $2 Dlls in quarters :)
  • Mike S.
    Mike ScottMarch 5, 2015
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