• Open Noon-2:30AM Daily
  • All Ages Admitted Until 5PM
  • 21+ & I.D. Required After 5PM


Ground Kontrol is now officially a full-service bar. If you’re 21 years of age or older, you and your friends can now enjoy mixed drinks and libations in addition to our usual selection of fine beer, wine and cider.

Micropalooza XII: Live Chiptune Showcase & Official PRGE After Party – Sunday 10/18, 8pm

Micropalooza XIIPortland Retro Gaming Expo is one of our favorite shows every year, so it’s only fitting that we close the weekend out with one of our favorite events: Micropalooza! Our live chiptune showcase returns with Micropalooza XII, an absolutely epic show with special guest Brent Weinbach!

For 12 years strong, Micropalooza has brought the best chiptune artists in the Pacific NW and beyond to decimate Ground Kontrol with a wide variety of music composed and performed with the help of retro video game hardware. What was once used to compose the background music for your favorite NES games is now armed to take center stage!

Portland chiptune legend Mechlo is joined by Glooms, boaconstructor,Fighter X, Tonight We Launch, greightbit.com and DJ Mr. Smith to keep the party going all night. And since straight-up VGM is still inspiring and awesome; comedian and game collector Brent Weinbach (of The Legacy Music Hour) is going to drop in for a special DJ set of pure video game classics!

Whether you’re a classic gaming fan, a chiptune freak, or just want to be a part of what’s sure to be the most unique show in Portland all month, you need to be at Micropalooza XII!

WHAT: Micropalooza XII: Official Portland Retro Gaming Expo After Party

WHEN: Sunday 10/18 · 8pm

COVER: $5 · 21+ only

Indie Game Night: 2 by 2 Edition – Thursday 9/24

Indie Game NightIndie Game Night is your chance to try unique and innovative (and often retro-inspired) games that were developed independently by small and passionate teams!
Every Last Thursday, host and GameMaster Rich Lau sets up a variety of games for you to play, absolutely FREE! This month, we’ve got two intense actiongames!
Assault Android Cactus (Witch Beam) is a twin-stick shooter (think Robotron: 2084) in a sci-fi setting. Take on hordes of enemies in transforming stages as you control an assault-class android named, you guessed it, Cactus!
Knight Squad (Chainawesome Games) combines the frantic gameplay of Bomberman with the fantasy-inspired maze-crawling of Gauntlet for a totally new competitive sword (or drill, or laser, or bow and arrow) fight with your friends.
Come down to Ground Kontrol to check out these and more indie game surprises, free! Hang back with a drink and a snack to watch the chaos, and jump in any time you’d like. It’s all about bringing gamers together to try something new!
Indie Game Night: 2 by 2 Edition · Thursday 9/24 & every Last Thursday · 7pm · FREE · 21+
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2 Towns Ciderhouse Made Marion Release Party – Monday 8/10

2 Towns Made Marion Release Party

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade is partnering with 2 Towns Ciderhouse for a seasonally special release night with giveaways from MusicfestNW and Red Bull Sound Select!

Try the limited-release Made Marion marionberry cider, made with fresh-pressed Northwest apples and plenty of Oregon-grown marionberries. Ripe berry flavors and a crisp apple bite combine with a rich ruby color to make this cider a delicious way to celebrate the bounty of Oregon!

After you’ve enjoyed a bottle of Made Marion before they’re sold out, we’ll also have the easy-drinking OutCider. Like the rugged outdoors of the Northwest, the OutCider is raw and unfiltered. Fresh-pressed Northwest apples become a crisp, refreshing drink!

Friendly faces from 2 Towns will be on hand for a raffle and surprise giveaways, including a pair of 3-day passes to MusicfestNW​ and VIP tickets to Red Bull Sound Select​ shows! You’ll want to get here early to snag a cold Made Marion, and stick around to see if you’re a winner. Plus, at 8pm, DJ Nate C. will step behind the decks to spin 80s hits, anthem rock, hair metal, movie soundtracks and good time retro fantasy fun!

Local craft cider, classic arcade games, 80s hits and free prizes – Monday nights don’t get much better than this! Join Ground Kontrol and 2 Towns and beat the Monday blues with the delicious ruby-red Made Marion marionberry cider!