• Open Noon-Late Daily
  • All Ages Admitted Until 4:30PM
  • 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.

Shall We Play A Game? Experience the New Ground Kontrol – Wednesday 4/12, 5pm

Shall We Play a Game?

TL;DR version:
We are excited to announce the soft opening of our expansion at 115 NW 5th Ave! We will be closed on Monday the 10th and Tuesday the 11th, and then we will open our new space to the public on the evening of Wednesday the 12th. However, 511 NW Couch Street will be closed for renovations until later this summer. Once we have improved the old space, we will re-open it with a doorway connecting the two spaces, finally completing our expansion process.

The full story:
The time has nearly arrived for us to show you what we’ve been working on since 2014. Many of you have probably seen the white and red signs glowing outside of the entrance of our expansion at 115 NW 5th Ave, with the Ground Kontrol ship slowly spinning like a loading screen icon. Next week, we will be moving operations from our current location over to the expansion, just around the corner of the same block that we’ve been on for nearly 13 years.

We will be closed on Monday, April 10th and Tuesday, April 11th to allow us to move equipment and make final preparations, and we’ll finally be opening our new space to the public on the evening of Wednesday the 12th. We’ve been looking forward to this week for a long time, and we know you have been too! An entirely new arcade and bar with improved features and a mixture of new games and familiar favorites awaits you.

So, will Ground Kontrol’s expansion be complete next week? No, this is just the first of two steps to Ground Kontrol’s expansion opening. We will be operating solely out of the new space for the next few months while we keep the old space at 511 NW Couch Street closed so that we can make renovations and improvements, including the installment of an entirely new floor. Once we’ve finished fixing things up, we’ll be connecting the two spaces with a short hallway, at last completing the final step in Ground Kontrol’s expansion process. We’ll have two fully operational bars, twice the square footage, and nearly twice the number of games, giving you even more Ground Kontrol while maintaining our commitment to being the best arcade and lounge you can experience.

One thing that we’ve learned over the past year is that we don’t like putting a time limit on polishing our upgrades to the arcade and bar, so we’re hesitant to put a date on the re-opening of the old space at 511 NW Couch Street. However, we hope to have this final step of our expansion finished before the end of the summer. In the meantime, we could not possibly be more excited to welcome you to the newest version of Ground Kontrol at 115 NW 5th Ave. The new arcade is full of surprises, and we simply can’t wait any longer to show you. Thank you for your unending patience and support!

Categories: Arcade News, Bar News

Available Now: The Ground Kontrol Kompanion App!

The wait is over! Introducing the Ground Kontrol Kompanion App for iOS! Packed full of cutting-edge features, modernizing your classic gaming experience has never been easier. Whether you want help meeting like-minded gamers, tracking your spending, or documenting your arcade achievements, we’ve got you covered!

Take a look at what’s possible with the Ground Kontrol Kompanion App, then head over to the App Store and download it today!*

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Android version coming in 2028

Now Available: New Year’s Eve 2016 VIP Wristbands – While They Last!

NYE VIP WristbandsUPDATE 12/29: VIP Wristbands are now SOLD OUT! If you purchased one, you’ll receive a follow-up message soon. Thank you to everyone that purchased one! 

Our NYE party is already a killer deal, but sometimes you just need a little bit of VIP treatment. Get a VIP wristband and skip the line at the door, so you can get right to gaming! Not only that, your VIP cover includes two drink tickets worth $5 each at the bar, in addition to the champagne toast at midnight!

Even if you miss this ultimate power-up, we still want to see you on New Year’s Eve. Standard cover is just $15 at the door for free play on our entire lineup of games all night plus a champagne toast at midnight!

NYE VIP wristbands are on sale NOW, and once again, quantities are VERY limited. To secure yours now, purchase it using the form below!

THE FINE PRINT: All sales final. Must be 21 years or older with valid ID for entry. VIP Wristband allows bearer priority entry to Ground Kontrol, but does not apply to bar service or access to games. Ground Kontrol reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone. Entry to Ground Kontrol is limited by legal capacity and Ground Kontrol’s policies. Please be respectful of Ground Kontrol staff and your fellow customers, and have a great night!

Purchase Your NYE VIP Wristband!

VIP wristbands are $40 each, and include:

  • Priority admission to Ground Kontrol’s New Year’s Eve Free Play Party – Saturday 12/31, 5pm-close
  • 2 drink tickets worth $5 each at the bar
  • Champagne toast at midnight