Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, Portland

4.2
#4 of 15 in Fun & Games in Portland
No ordinary video arcade, Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, 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. Plan your Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade visit and explore what else you can see and do in Portland using our Portland road trip site .
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Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade Reviews
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  • This was a fun stop! There are many pinball games which we enjoyed! There were also all the games from my childhood in the 80s. We enjoyed getting out of the cold for a little bit.  more »
  • We had some time to kill before going on our pre-booked Shanghai Tunnel tour, which is close by. Both my wife and I had a great time here, and that was without drinking! And I could not believe the co...  more »
  • I've been checking out different arcade bars around the country on my visits, and this one is my favorite so far. With the Wargames theme in the main bar area, you feel like you're in NORAD with the l...  more »
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  • Great vibes, they have a giant Defcon screen across the bar, and the whole place has constant music pumping out on a low volume. Consistently packed, always someone to play with if you seek it out. 2 unisex bathrooms, clean, and decent. The cocktails aren't always good, absolutely don't recommend the banana drink(taste like ants).
  • The old location was more fun. It had way more games. I'm guessing this one will improve, but it has more of a club feel here, and it also feels slightly unfinished. Some cool games still though.
  • Classic arcade games, pinball and alcohol. I wanted to love this place but it is very crowded with narrow walkways between the games, making it sometimes uncomfortable to stand and watch a friend play a game. The bar service was good, though, and we did have fun. Still, we grew tired after two rounds of drinks and moved on. This place has a lot of potential but needs more room to make a longer stay more comfortable.
  • Really stellar atmosphere. Will say that the selection of games leaves a lot to be desired. Pretty much all of them are from the 80's and 90's, but they have a couple newer ones like Mario Kart and a Predator shooter. Oh, and a load of Pinball machines. Recommend Ground Kontrol if you are into older arcade games and pinball, not so much for people who prefer newer arcade titles you might see at a place like Dave & Busters.
  • Ground Kontrol strongly inspires a particular feeling for me. Meh The games aren't half bad, but its always just a bit too dark and a lot too loud and often too sticky to boot. Honestly my favorite part is the collection of Pinball machines upstairs, they're well kept and generally really interesting ones. The drinks are nothing to write home about, and I wasn't super impressed. I think coming during the day with family would be more fun.

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