Feel Like A Kid Again At Ground Kontrol
If you're looking for things to do in Portland for the young at heart, look no further than Ground Kontrol, the West Coast's preeminent classic arcade.
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade celebrates the "golden age" of arcades with more than 100 classic pinball machines and video games, preserved in prime condition for video-game lovers of today and future generations to enjoy. That’s just the tip of the iceberg there, though, with competitions, a full bar, music, live performances, and more as well.
The games here are all vintage ‘70s arcade games, and they’re all set in a genuine old-school arcade atmosphere. The authentic game-room environment features real cabinets just as you remember them. Enjoy more than 25 of your favorite old pinball machines like Baby Pac Man, Theatre of Magic, and TRON: Legacy and more than 50 of the video games you recall most fondly like Mario Kart, Frogger, Tetris, Space Invaders, and Dig Dug. In all, the site offers more than 100 games.
Food and Drink
Onsite, you'll find a full menu of fare, including a variety of side dishes, hot dogs, and sandwiches. They also offer a full bar of beers, ciders, and cocktails as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
Music, Live Performances, and Special Events
On any given night here, you can expect to hear a DJ or a live band, see a comedy show, or watch friends embarrassing themselves on Rock Band Karaoke. The site also offers frequent "Free Play" nights with unlimited credits good for all games, and you can enter bonafide pinball and video game competitions, and win real prizes. Some special events are associated with holidays and special calendar occasions.
And, if you’re good enough at any of the machines, you could wind up in the High Score Hall of Fame. Incidentally, there’s also a Hall of Fame here for famous visitors of the site, including those in the fields of gaming, music and film, and TV.
There’s also a mailing list you can join on the Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade website to be kept updated about all upcoming events.
Rent This Classic Arcade
If you’re coming in a small group, you can book table reservations in the lounge area. Each table seats four to eight people. It’s perfect for fundraisers, family reunions, project-completion celebrations, birthday parties, and bachelor or bachelorette parties. You need only bring your own place settings, decorations, and desserts.
Or, if you’d like the whole place to yourself, you can rent it, arcade, bar, food, lounge areas, DJ booth and all, for parties of four to 175 people. This is ideal for any large gatherings like wedding receptions, company events, and milestone birthdays.
The address is 115 NW 5th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. The site is open daily from noon to midnight, though hours are subject to change, and there's no entry after 11 pm. It’s all-ages until 5 pm, at which point it becomes 21+ with ID checked at the door. For more information, call (503) 575-2879 or email [email protected]