• 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.

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!


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.