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Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, Portland

4.3
#2 of 16 in Fun & Games in Portland
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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. Use our Portland trip generator to visit Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade on your trip to Portland, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I came here with my husband in the afternoon expecting to not enjoy being here but I did like playing the pinball games, the arcade is air conditioned which made it more comfortable to be there.  more »
  • We ended up coming here twice on our trip to Portland. It definitely has a "Portland" vibe to it, but it reminded us of a bar we go to in Colorado that also has old video games and pinball machines. W...  more »
  • Great place to enjoy nostalgia at a very reasonable price. The selection of machines they have is a welcome surprise. Some of the pinball machines are true classics that I haven't seen anywhere else w...  more »
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  • Ground Kontrol is such a well thought out bar that really invests in the games and theme. I highly recommend experiencing the bathroom in full gaming mode! The pinball games are awesome, and I have been assured by a friend much more knowledgable that they required quite the investment and are relatively rare. The beers are pretty solid, but make note no drinking before 5pm. And don't forget to bring cash for quarters!
  • Great to see classic arcades, with tons of old favorites and some new and innovative ones too. On my visit they were remodeling half the place, but it was still nice. They serve snack food and the prices are decent.
  • Best arcade in Portland and they are getting bigger. They serve alcohol. They have well maintained pinball machines. They even have a working Tempest machine. Highly recommended.
  • This place is just too cool. Great beer selection including imports you've likely never heard of but should certainly try. The bathrooms are like stepping INTO a game of Pac-Man. Two floors of video games. A live DJ playing some swanky tunes. LED tables where you can eat some grub and chat with friends. Haven't had the food yet, so I'm not sure if it's good or not but the rest of the place will leave you satisfied.
  • You cannot find a better selection of video games and pinball anywhere near here. Several night per month they charge only a door fee and you can play as many games as you like for no additional fee. They have a great bar too!