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Ground Kontrol, Portland

Categories: Entertainment Centers, Fun & Games
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 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.
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  • 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 ...  read more »
  • Yes, I deliberately caps locked my title because, well, I'm basically a child trapped in a woman's body. The best 20$ I've ever spent was in this place. Loads of retro games and pinball fun was had, i...  read more »
  • I miss the arcades of my youth. This place had all kinds of pinball and video games. We had to take my 16yo daughter there just to show her what an arcade really looked like. The family was able to pl...  read more »
  • A good selection of games in the current limited space. Four stars because: We've been several times but had an uncomfortable experience the first time we went after moving to Portland. The bouncer on duty insisted that my wife's Arizona license was missing some security feature and was therefore counterfeit. (Arizona licences don't expire until you are 65 and hers was more than 15 years old at that point). After being shown other ID as well as all her cards and us offering to show it to a nearby cop, he let us in, but continued to insist he was right (supposedly having every security feature from every state memorized through the early 2000's as he never referred to a guide) and hassled us in front of other people waiting to get in. Protip for any future bouncers out there: it's OK to occasionally have a false positive when checking IDs, but it's not OK to be an ass when it's clear that you were mistaken.
  • Ground Kontrol has always been one of my must visits while I am in Portland. My partner has been to Portland before but has never had the pleasure of checking this place out. After dinner we decided it would be cool to just pop our heads in quickly and check it out. We only had 30 minutes until we had to catch the bus back to our hotel so all I wanted to do was show her the insides for a couple minutes and take off. When we got there there was a small line up of two people. I politely asked the bouncer if we could just pop in for a couple of minutes and we would be right out. The bouncer was needlessly incredibly rude to us. I would have been okay with being turned away had he done so in nicer way. I understand bouncers don't have to be friendly to the patrons, but they are also representative of the company they work for. I base most of my reviews on customer experience alone. And this was by far the rudest interaction I've ever had with one of the employees of this establishment. Needless to say I will not be returning any time soon.
  • Super fun place for an inexpensive date! Arcades are really fun in groups of people but I think I'd have fun if it were just me and my husband as well. We like to get in on the multi player games and get competitive! This place has a fun environment and buzz to it.
  • So me and my father decided to head here Friday afternoon, and everyone told me so many good things that last week when we had a day in the city we would go take a look. Everyone had told me so many great things, so I was really going to dig this. Unfortunately what had happened left us with a sour taste overall. A couple games were out of order which is fine they have a good selection that it did not really matter. First thing that kind of surprised us was the bar not opening til 5 . We were both set on at least having a drink with our food, but that wasn't the end of the world either depending on how things go. We ordered chips and salsa and a hot dog as a cook that is pretty easy fare to make without a whole lot of problems.The food we got only cost us about 8 dollars which would have been good if we ate it. First, getting our food took about fifteen minutes which was long even if you had to make the chips and salsa from scratch. When the food was delivered to us the condiments which came in a old six pack container of a hard root beer decided to tip over tossing everything around and nearly getting the relish and sauerkraut my father had on his dog almost on his shirt. We turn around to talk to the waitress/bartender and she is already gone. Not the greatest way to get your food, but whatever we signed it off as no harm no foul. Quite simply the food we got was some of the worst I had ever ordered anywhere. The hot dog was one part mush and the other part hard which suggests microwaving and the salsa I got with my chips made me feel like it was just flavorless. We only tasted the cold temperature of it. I asked for some chili with my nachos and one spoonful of that made me nearly gag. It was lukewarm and tasted really watery which is strange for a chili. Getting ready to go Pops wanted to go the restroom and it took him half an hour despite no one actually being in there and he had to buzzed in to it by the person who nearly gave us a relish and sauerkraut makeover. The games were really the only positive experience. The staff seemed scattered or focused on something else. Taking a half hour to get buzzed in to the bathroom was absurd from my view. I'm sure there is a reason for it, but at it this point the whole trying to give the benefit of the doubt was gone. The food was sub par at any cost because it tasted horrible and the experience was overall deflating. I had heard so many good things to go to this experience made me wonder what the hell everybody was on.
  • A classic video arcade that takes me back to my childhood. Old games like Pac-Man, Qbert, Joust as well as new games I'd never seen before. The games I played were just $. 25 (like the old days). Best part was adults only with a full bar after 5pm.
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