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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.
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  • My wife and i stopped in here on our way back to the hotel and we thought it was really neat. There was a $3 cover and it was jammed inside - just enough to make it a bit more fun. Got a drink from th...  more »
  • Every time we visit Portland, we have to go here. This place is just so much fun! Downstairs is all vintage arcade games and upstairs is all pinball. They have a full bar and really good drinks too. D...  more »
  • On the night walked past this store. Look inside the store from the outside and feel nostalgic games lined up to adults. And many local people, everyone was having fun.
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  • 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!