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Ground Kontrol Trivia Tour – Saturday 6/20, Noon-1pm

google-plus-cover-photoWant to know more about arcade and pinball history while learning more about Portland’s premiere classic arcade? Join tour guide Marina Martinez at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade for an informative and fun trip through several decades of arcade gaming, with plenty of interesting highlights about Ground Kontrol’s unique role as both a Portland institution and a destination for visitors from around the world. Once the tour concludes, it’s time for games!
Your ticket includes $5 in game coins to spend after the tour, so stick around to revisit old favorites (or try some new ones), and head to Ground Kontrol’s lounge for soft drinks and something from our delicious food menu. You’ll be an arcade expert before you even press start!

Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours right away. Ground Kontrol welcomes all ages from Noon-5pm, so feel free to grab tickets for the entire family!

WHAT: Ground Kontrol Trivia Tour
WHEN: Saturday 6/20, Noon-1pm.
COVER: $20, including $5 in game coins to use after the tour! All ages welcome. Tickets available online at Mercury Ticketing
Categories: Arcade News, Events

LIVE: Crunk Witch, Mechlo, Tonight We Launch – Sunday 5/31, 9pm

Crunk WitchJoin Crunk Witch (on tour from Maine) along with local favorites Mechlo and Tonight We Launch for a legendary night of chiptune chaos!

The show kicks off at 9pm, and it’s just $5 at the door. Show your support for the chiptune scene! 21+ only w/ ID. Bonus: Ground Kontrol serves happy hour on beer, wine, cider and well cocktails until midnight!

ABOUT CRUNK WITCH

Crunk Witch, comprised of Brandon Miles and Hannah Collen, is a bass heavy bit-pop duo from Presque Isle, ME.

“Crunk Witch are dramatic in all the right ways. Silly and sincere and wholly invested.”
– Portland Phoenix

“A big sound showcasing a mastery of production and vocal fireworks.”
– The Big Takeover

“The most energetic live show I’ve seen in years”
– DC Underground

This husband and wife team has been delivering their fantasy fueled blend of pop/rock, 8 bit synths, and drum & bass production since late 2009. Their latest album entitled “Heartbeats in Hyperspace” was released on August 13th 2014, and sold over 2500 copies in it’s first week. Soon after, Paste Magazine named Crunk Witch: “one of the best bands from Maine” in their 50 States Project. Back in 2011 the band generated a heavy youtube buzz when their song “Battle Beyond” was featured in a youtube video that was seen over 30 million times. Now a full time touring act, the duo plays over 100 live shows a year nationwide.

WHAT: LIVE – Crunk Witch, Mechlo, Tonight We Launch

WHEN: Sunday 5/31 at 9pm.

COVER: $5 at the door. 21+ only!

Indie Game Night: Brawler’s Ball Edition – Thursday 5/28

This month, Indie Game Night becomes the ultimate PvP exhibition! Fist vs. Fist. Arrow vs. Arrow and … Ball vs. Ball? Along with Indie Game Night favorites Gang Beasts and Towerfall, we’ll be playing Lethal League. Lethal League is a competitive projectile fighting game where you have to hit an anti-gravity ball into the face of your opponent to win. The ball speeds up with every strike, up to explosively extreme velocities!

We’re also welcoming our new Indie Game Host, Rich Lau! Rich will be scouring the internet for the most intriguing upcoming indie games and working with local developers to feature a new mix of games each month. Be sure to let him know what you like!
It’s totally FREE to play at Indie Game Night, so get down here, grab a drink and a controller!
WHAT: Indie Game Night: Brawler’s Ball Edition
WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 7pm-late.
COVER: No cover! 21+ only.

 

Geeks Who Drink featuring Speedy Ortiz Giveaway! Tuesday 5/19

Speedy OrtizSpeedy Ortiz - Foil DeerGround Kontrol has partnered with Speedy Ortiz and Mississippi Studios for a super-special grand prize at this week’s Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz!

Speedy Ortiz has been touring the country in support of their recently-released sophomore LP, Foil Deer, and they’re hitting Mississippi Studios on Monday May 25. Best the rest of the teams at trivia covering everything from pop culture to wordplay to bad television, and you could win a pair of tickets to the show plus a signed LP from the band’s merch table!

Of course, there are also other great prizes on the line, including Ground Kontrol gift certificates and a surprise or two. Seating is limited and it’s totally FREE to play, so get down here early!

Ground Kontrol serves a full bar and food menu after 5pm nightly, so this is a 21+ only event. Bring ID!

Not sure you can make it, or you want to make sure you get tickets before it sells out? Head on over to Mississippi Studios and grab ’em now!

ABOUT SPEEDY ORTIZ

Attention came swiftly following Speedy Ortiz’s 2012 Sports EP on the Boston-centric label Exploding In Sound, and with good reason. Massachusetts-based songwriter/guitarist Sadie Dupuis’ knotty, lyrically dense songs were fully realized by her bandmates, with intricate guitar lines crisscrossing over Darl Ferm’s fluid bass and Mike Falcone’s precisely executed drumming in a way that was simultaneously catchy and jarring. After the success of its 2013 Best New Music-honored debut full-length Major Arcana, the band formalized its assault through a year and a half of relentless touring with bands in whose brainy-slash-brawny legacies it followed—among them Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Ex Hex, and The Breeders. In 2014, the band added guitarist Devin McKnight of the Boston-based post-punk group Grass Is Green, whose guitar parts both match and challenge Dupuis’.

Speedy Ortiz’s second proper album—Foil Deer, recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn when the band wasn’t pushing forward on its hectic 2014 tour schedule—comes out on April 21, 2015. The songs represent a leap forward, possessing a lightness that mirrors Dupuis’s post-grad school outlook; they also have a deliberate nature to them, one that emanates from extra studio time and more experimentation with the band’s essential form. (Ferm contributes a few unexpected guitar parts; Falcone’s vocal harmonies zing in with more force.) Speedy Ortiz possesses big-tent rock swagger and punk’s restless yet intimate spirit in a way that makes the impulses seem identical; while the quartet can still command crowds at festivals like Primavera Sound and Pitchfork Music Festival, they also relish playing Boston’s teeming basements alongside the city’s next generation of bands. That willingness to push not just forward, but in all directions, makes Speedy Ortiz one of rock’s most exciting outfits.

Website: http://speedyortiz.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/killquilty

Facebook: http://facebook.com/speedyortiz

WHAT: Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz featuring Speedy Ortiz giveaway

WHEN: Tuesday 5/19, starting at 8pm

COVER: No cover, free to participate! 21+ only.

 

No Pun Intendo featuring Alex Falcone – Thursday 5/21

No Pun IntendoStand-Up Comics & Stand-Up Games! Every Third Thursday, No Pun Intendo brings fantastic comedians to our lounge! Plus – video game competitions between teams of audience members with fabulous prizes!

Each month, we feature fantastic comics from Portland & beyond. This month’s lineup:

Allie Goertz (cossbysweater LP, SF Sketch Fest)
Steve Magnuson
David Mascorro (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)
Dan Weber (Reading the Bible With Dan podcast)
Whitney Streed (Whitstand)
Alex Falcone (Late Night Action)

Hosted by Portland’s Funniest Person 2014, Steven Wilber!

Just $3 at the door to support local comedy at your favorite arcade-slash-bar! Show starts at 9pm. It’s 21+, so bring your I.D.!

We’d like to thank our sponsor The Devastator – The Comedy Magazine For Humans – featuring writers and artists from Adult Swim, The Onion, The Daily Show and Marvel Comics. You can get an issue at your comic book shop of choice, Amazon or direct from http://devastatorquarterly.com/

Celebrate 35 Years of Pac-Man with Prizes and Pie! Thursday 5/14 – Monday 5/25

Happy Birthday Pac-ManThey grow up so fast! Thirty-five years ago on May 22nd, Pac-Man was released to Japanese arcades and became a smash success. Just a few months later, he finally made his way to the U.S., and continued his reign as king of the arcades. The pie-shaped pellet-powered protagonist has remained a fixture at Ground Kontrol since day one!

We’re teaming up with Random Order Pie Bar for a celebration that combines pie and prizes! Here’s how you can join in the fun:

From 5/14 through 5/25, stop by Ground Kontrol any time and play Pac-Man. Post a photo of your personal best score to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayPacMan (it helps if you location tag it, too!) On Monday 5/25, the top 3 scores will be selected for a prize pack with Ground Kontrol and Random Order gift certificates!

From 5/22 through 5/25, stop by Random Order and grab a slice of limited special Pac-Pie or stop by Ground Kontrol and try our signature Pac-Man cocktail. You’ll get a special #HappyBirthdayPacMan card with offers redeemable at both Random Order and Ground Kontrol! After you’re done redeeming your offers, you can write a special birthday message to Pac-Man and drop it off at either location for display. Don’t forget to take a photo of your Pac-themed pie or cocktail and post it with #HappyBirthdayPacMan – 7 lucky winners will be selected randomly for a Ground Kontrol/Random Order prize pack!

Sure, 35 may not be the most exciting birthday to most – but with pie, Pac-Man, drinks and classic games, how can you go wrong?

WHAT: Happy Birthday Pac-Man Celebration w/ Ground Kontrol and Random Order

WHEN: Thursday 5/14 through Monday 5/25. Specials available at Ground Kontrol and Random Order from 5/22-5/25.

Categories: Bar News

Introducing Our New Drink Menu!

After much refinement and (of course) adequate testing, our bar staff (led by our new bar manager, Zoey) is ready to serve up a new round of signature cocktails and shots!

If you’d like something sweet, try the Coin Jam – Stoli Razberi vodka, raspberry puree and a blend of lemon and lime juices. Feeling a little brave? Press Start combines locally-produced Hot Monkey pepper vodka from New Deal with Stoli Citros vodka, pineapple juice, lemonade and fresh pineapple. Or unwind with a super-smooth Double Danger: Bulleit bourbon, white peach puree, club soda and peach bitters. There’s even more to explore on the new menu, with three more brand-new cocktails and five shots!

We’re proud to feature juices, purees and bitters from Aloha Juice. Don’t drink? No problem – we’ve also got unfiltered apple cider, fruit juices and a variety of soft drinks on offer! Just let our bartenders know what you’re in the mood for, and they’ll get you back to your game, drink in hand, in no time. Cheers!

Clash of the Classics: Mr. Do VS. Jungle King

Clash of the ClassicsWe’re often asked, “How do you guys decide what games to feature?” It’s a mix of what we’re fans of, what our fans want, and what just looks like a lot of fun. Sometimes, though, it’s just gotta come down to cold, hard cash – specifically quarters!

Our monthly Clash of the Classics feature is our chance to take the weight off our shoulders and put it on the coin boxes, letting us sleep easier at night knowing some sort of arcade justice was served. How does it work? It’s simple: Whatever game earns more over the next week is the game that stays, while the runner-up retires to a temporary hiatus.

This month, we’ve got a previous winner going up against a new contender. The 1982 Dig Dug-inspired Mr. Do! is an oddity, with a cheerful presentation that belies its surprisingly difficult game play. By contrast, Jungle King (Taito, 1982) isn’t action-shy – starting off with a familiar wild scream, it throws players into a series of challenges that don’t let up.

We were pretty surprised when Mr. Do toppled Q*Bert from his perch high up on the arcade pantheon, but when you play the game, it’s easier to see why. You’ve got multiple methods of completing levels: Destroy enemies by hitting them with the power ball or crushing ’em with apples, collect the cherries distributed around the screen, or collect the E-X-T-R-A bonus and earn an extra life to boot. With even more beneath the surface, it really rewards return play.

Jungle King seems more simple – a parallax-scrolling platformer game (one of the first) where you’re generally moving right-to-left while avoiding obstacles and besting beasts, it really shines in variety and precise maneuvers. Swing vines, battle sharks, navigate rolling boulders and save a damsel-in-distress from becoming the soup du jour…and, just when you think you’ve mastered it, it all starts again with more obstacles and increased difficulty increased! It’s a great example of classic arcade game design, certainly ahead of its time.

Now it’s up to you: Get down to Ground Kontrol, play your choice contender (or both!), and make your quarters heard. Clash of the Classics runs today through Wednesday May 13!

Categories: Arcade News

CLOSED For a Private Event – Friday 5/8, Noon-5pm

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be closed during the following period for a private event:

  • Friday May 8, Noon-5pm

We’ll re-open at 5pm with happy hour ’til 7pm!

Ground Kontrol is a fantastic place to bring your company for a holiday party, to celebrate a milestone birthday, or throw your wedding reception. If you are interested in renting Ground Kontrol for an event, get more info at our Rentals page!

Categories: Arcade News, Events

Ground Kontrol Trivia Tour – Saturday 5/16

google-plus-cover-photoWant to know more about arcade and pinball history while learning more about Portland’s premiere classic arcade? Join tour guide Marina Martinez at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade for an informative and fun trip through several decades of arcade gaming, with plenty of interesting highlights about Ground Kontrol’s unique role as both a Portland institution and a destination for visitors from around the world. Once the tour concludes, it’s time for games!
Your ticket includes $5 in game coins to spend after the tour, so stick around to revisit old favorites (or try some new ones), and head to Ground Kontrol’s lounge for soft drinks and something from our delicious food menu. You’ll be an arcade expert before you even press start!

Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours right away. Ground Kontrol welcomes all ages from Noon-5pm, so feel free to grab tickets for the entire family!

WHAT: Ground Kontrol Trivia Tour
WHEN: Saturday 5/16, Noon-1pm.
COVER: $20, including $5 in game coins to use after the tour! All ages welcome. Tickets available online at Mercury Ticketing