• 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.

LIVE – Soul Veggies: Mega Ran X Storyville, Danimal Cannon, Mechlo – Tuesday 2/3

Mega Ran 2-3-15Ground Kontrol favorites Mega Ran and Danimal Cannon return on tour with Soul Veggies, a special collaborative project from Mega Ran and Storyville! Local chiptune hero Mechlo opens the show, for a full night of video game-inspired hip hop, chiptune and rock!

The show starts at 8pm and it’s just $5 to support these wildly talented independent artists in your favorite arcade-lounge. We’ll be serving drinks from a full bar, so it’s 21+ only.

More on the artists:

MEGA RAN – A former teacher and freestyle battle champ, Ran’s sharp and witty lyricism,
cutting edge retro-styled beats and super positive outlook have resulted in
unbelievable accomplishments since trading the chalk for the microphone.
Ran now travels the globe delivering encouraging tales and face melting
performances. More: http://megaran.com/

STORYVILLE – Inspiration, Experimentation, and Energy make Entertainment – And that’s exactly what Storyville delivers. Inspired by the brightest joys and darkest pains life has to offer, Storyville channels his ideas into music and lyricism, ready to break any boundaries that might hold down his expression. Storyville literally redefines the concept of Hip Hop with his experimental style and surprising lyrical content. He then takes this same passion and energy, and applies it to his unconventional, but captivating and exciting stage performances. More: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Storyville/31588863854?sk=timeline

SOUL VEGGIES – “It could be my most complete work ever, and I don’t say that much,” Ran says of the project’s progress. “We’re both stepping outside of our comfort zones and creating really challenging and fun music.” The album will contain much of the fun that the two have exhibited on tracks like “UknowTheName,” and the musicality of tracks like “Push” into one concise package.

“The timing was finally right,” says Storyville, aka Matthew Weiss. “We’ve been so busy, but we’ve carved out the time to dedicate to this project, and it shows.” Weiss has spent the last seven years engineering for some of the biggest names in music, including Grammy winners Arrested Development, George Clinton, and Ronnie Spector. “My career as an engineer really took off, but making this project with Ran called me back to my roots.” More: https://www.facebook.com/TheSoulVeggies/

DANIMAL CANNON – Dan Behrens is a musician, producer, composer and recording engineer that releases music under the name Danimal Cannon. He composes music for video games and commercials, and his album releases has received accolades from the rock, electronic and even classical music scenes. Danimal Cannon has performed for audiences all across the world in venues as grandiose as orchestra halls to punk rock shows in a sweaty basement. His diversity and creativity is only surpassed by the intensity of his arrangements and performances. More: http://danimalcannon.com/

MECHLO – Mechlo started impressionable enough for the main theme of Mega Man 2 to be his first legitimately favorite song. Since then he’s been using 8-bit technologies to explore sound design, textures, and rhythmic elements, along with “noisy crap to make dumb songs”. More: http://mechlo.bandcamp.com/

WHAT: LIVE: Soul Veggies: Mega Ran X Storyville, Danimal Cannon, Mechlo

WHEN: Tuesday, February 3, 8pm.

COVER: $5, 21+ only.

Tecmo Super Bowl: The Big Game – Sunday February 1

Tecmo Super BowlThis is it: Our Tecmo Super Bowl series concludes with the final tournament! We’re pushing this one back a bit since we know it’s an important day, but don’t worry: You DON’T have to miss the conclusion of the big game to have a happy hour beer and compete in the tourney!

As an added bonus, we’ll be featuring the updated 2015 roster in this version of Tecmo Super Bowl: That’s right, you can recreate the big game in 8-bit glory!

Before Madden called the shots and NFL Blitz drew lines on the field, there was Tecmo Super Bowl, the classic 8-bit answer to console gridiron action. It was a simpler time for the NFL, and for sports games in general. However, the appeal of Tecmo Super Bowl endures, and the charm of the classic teams represented here are downright vintage at this point.

Signups begin at 5pm, and the first kickoff is at 6, every other week. The tournament will take place using an original NES, single elimination bracket, best of three games.

Enjoy food and drink specials, a great football atmosphere, and fierce competition in one of the all-time classic football games! You’ve been playing Tecmo Super Bowl for years, and now it’s time to take those skills to the big leagues – to Ground Kontrol. See you at gametime!

WHAT: Tecmo Super Brawl – GK’s Tecmo Super Bowl tournament

WHEN: Sunday, February 1. Signups at 6pm, kickoff at 7pm. Plus, Ground Kontrol serves beer, wine, cider and well cocktails at happy hour prices ’til midnight!

WHERE: Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch St, Portland Oregon

No Pun Intendo: Stand-Up Showcase – Thursday 1/15

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, we’re featuring:

Ben Harkins
Andie Main
JoAnn Schinderle
Jon Washington
Kristine Levine

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.

WHAT: No Pun Intendo – Stand-Up Showcase

WHEN: Thursday, January 15. Starts at 9pm.

COVER: Just $3 to support live comedy! 21+ only.