Trip Planner:   USA  /  Oregon  /  Portland  /  Fun & Games  /  Ground Kontrol
Ground Kontrol, Portland
(4.3/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
No ordinary video arcade, Ground Kontrol, ranks as one of the best in the United States, featuring beloved golden-age games and nearly 30 pinball tables. Play classics like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Street Fighter, or challenge yourself to pinball madness. Pinball games include a range of themes, from The Addams Family to Twilight Zone. The venue also hosts DJs, comedy shows, trivia nights, tournaments, karaoke, and a full-service bar. Use our Portland trip generator to visit Ground Kontrol on your trip to Portland, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Create a full Portland itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Portland

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Portland by other users

12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Oregon & Seattle BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Portland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Portland BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Portland BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 35 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Portland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Portland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in California, Portland & Seattle BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I'm a bit if a pinball fanatic, when I discovered this place a almost freaked out. I went inside to see an array of classic arcade machines and possibly hundreds of pinball machines, they were beautif...  more »
  • I dropped in just after 5 PM when you can buy drinks. I looked over the bar and the menu. You can buy food and drinks. So I ordered a beer and walked around to check out the arcade games. There are tw...  more »
  • Amazing place! Tucked away on Couch St, Portland. I Visited here while travelling down the west coast from Seattle - LA. I will start by saying that despite being in my early 30s, I still love & play ...  more »
Google
  • Didn't even get in the place past the door guy. He was a total jerk. I have an out of state ID and have grown a custom to aiding anyone looking for my DOB by telling them where about it is and my birth date, NICELY mind you. This guy responded by asking my friend and I what we did for a living. We responded and before we could figure out what was going on he replied, "How do you like it when people come in and tell you how to do your job?" I, of course, apologized and explained I was only trying to help when he then added, "Well, I didn't ask you for your help, did I?" I couldn't handle that kind of unnecessary hatefulness so we left and went to Quarter World which was SUPER friendly and a great time. If your door man is a jerk, I can only imagine how much worse the rest of the place would have been.
  • This place is a lot of fun, it's always busy but the games are awesome and after 5 it gets real fun for 21+. The staff is great and the beers are cold so it makes it a perfect atmosphere to enjoy the evening and play some arcade games.
  • As far as bars go, it doesn't have the widest drink selection. However, this is my favorite bar in town! Clean and friendly, classic arcade with great music. The party always seems to be happening at GK. (Check out the game called Killer Queen, 5 vs 5, total blast!)
  • really cool looking and PACKED on the inside. they have these glowing tables and fun arcade games. no driving ones which would have been nice. i did not like how the bartender said he would not give me a double...really? you want me to order two drinks just give it to me in ONE. kind of stupid never heard that but its worth it to check out, im not even a gamer at heart myself but the atmosphere was fun
  • This place is super cool! Simpson's arcade game! I haven't played it in forever! And a bar? Can't beat that!