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Categories: Bar News

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

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament – Sunday 10/2, 7pm

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer TournamentOur monthly Killer Queen Arcade League Night has evolved! We’re hosting casual “mixer” tournaments that are a great opportunity for new players to learn the game and seasoned veterans to mix it up with new teams.

Mixed up teams of five will compete in matches in a Round Robin style. Winner of a coin flip will choose their pick of map or cabinet, and the loser will then make their alternate choice. Maps will alternate every game.

Registration is from 7pm to 8pm SHARP. No names will be taken after 8pm. Once the list is full, team captains will privately pick and meet with their teams. We will allow ~15 minutes for everyone to get situated and organized before the first game will start.

This tournament is designed for people to make new friends in the KQ community! Competition is certainly encouraged, but this is a bit more of a social event. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged! Best of all, playing is completely free.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Not Your Father’s Root Beer from Small Town Brewery!

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament · Sunday 10/2 & Every First Sunday · 7pm · FREE · 21+ 

RSVP on Facebook!

CLOSED For a Private Event – Monday 7/11, 6:30-10:10pm

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

  • Monday 7/11, 6:30pm-10:10pm

We’ll re-open at 10:10pm. Please remember, Ground Kontrol is 21+ only after 5pm.

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!

CLOSED For Independence Day – Monday 7/4

CLOSED Independence Day - Monday 7/4Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be CLOSED for business Monday 7/4 so our games (and our staff) can take a break!

Of course, we’ll be open regular hours Sunday 7/3. We open at Noon and welcome all ages until 4:30pm. At 5pm, the bar opens with happy hour until 7!

We’re also hosting a Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament on Sunday 7/3 at 7pm.

Have a safe and happy Fourth, and we’ll see you soon!

Happy Hour Free Play – Thursday 6/23, 5-6:30pm

Happy Hour Free Play - Thursday 6/23Clock out and get over to Ground Kontrol for a special Happy Hour Free Play!

From 5-6:30pm on Thursday June 23, every single game at Ground Kontrol will be available to play with no quarters necessary. We’ll also be offering happy hour on beer, wine, cider and well cocktails. The cover? Just TWO BUCKS!

Grab a drink and step up to an old favorite like Galaga or Ms. Pac-Man, or try your hand at our latest addition, Millipede. Of course, there’s plenty of pinball – we’ve got 26 of the best-maintained machines you’ll find anywhere!

Happy Hour Free Play · Thursday 6/23 · 5-6:30pm · $2 cover · 21+ only

Deschutes Brewery PDX Beer Week Pinball Tournament – Wednesday 6/15, 7pm

Deschutes Brewery PDX Beer Week Pinball TournamentShow your silver ball skills and flipper finesse in a special pinball tournament sponsored by Deschutes Brewery for PDX Beer Week! You’ll compete head-to-head on Portland’s best-maintained lineup of pinball machines for a grand prize package worth over $100 with gift cards and swag from Deschutes Brewery and Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade!
The tournament will be run in a Knockout-style format. Up to 25 players can enter, and the last player standing wins!
Players, spectators and beer fans alike will want to stop by the bar to try our lineup of Deschutes brews, including the bold Armory XPA, which was created right down the street at the Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House!
Our full lineup of Deschutes Brewery selections during this event:
  • Mirror Pond Pale Ale: Mirror Pond Pale Ale is the quintessential northwest pale ale. Cascade hops and more Cascade hops give this tawny colored ale delicious hop-forward aroma and flavor. Pale malt allows the hops to linger, not overpower.
  • Black Butte Porter: This is the beer that started it all. A rich, creamy mouthfeel complements a layered depth, revealing distinctive chocolate and coffee notes. Full of flavor, yet easy to drink.
  • Hop Slice Session IPA: A trio of hops come together in this crisp session IPA. Brewed with Meyer lemon, Hop Slice balances floral hop notes and a subtle citrus kick.
  • Armory XPA: This experimental pale ale was the first beer brewed at the Deschutes Brewery Portland Pub. This XPA gets its bitter twist from Nugget and Northern Brewer hops, then delivers a pronounced citrus kick from Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops. Consider this your next hop obsession.
It’s totally free to enter, but you better get down here by 7pm as sign-up slots are limited, and the beer won’t last forever! To enter, simply buy a pint of any Deschutes beer and you’ll get a raffle ticket. Turn your first ticket in to tournament organizer Jeff Hart if you’d like to play. Don’t want to play, or have extra raffle tickets? Turn them in to Kevin from Deschutes in our lounge and you could win raffle prizes throughout the night!
Deschutes Brewery PDX Beer Week Pinball Tournament · Wednesday 6/15 · Sign-ups 6pm, first game 7pm · 21+ only · FREE

CLOSED For a Private Event – Friday 6/3, Noon-5pm

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

  • Friday June 3, Noon-5pm

Our bar will open at 5pm for happy hour (until 7pm) on beer, wine, cider and well cocktails!

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!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night – Monday 5/30, 9:30pm

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night

Come down to Ground Kontrol for a night dedicated to the original party dudes!

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael have gone from independent comic book heroes to animated televison stars, wildly successful action figures, dozens of video games and multiple hit movies. Now they’re returning to the big screen for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, and we’ve got prizes and early screening VIP passes thanks to Paramount Pictures!

It’s easy to win: Just play our 4-player TMNT arcade game or show up dressed as your favorite turtle or villain! We’ll be holding random giveaways throughout the night, and if 10 or more people show up in costume, we’ll run a costume contest for extra prizes! If you manage to conquer Krang and shred Shredder to beat the game, you’ll win extra swag for your crew. Of course, we’ll have TMNT-themed food and drink specials along with a full bar and food menu featuring vegan and gluten-free options, too!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night · Monday 5/30 · 9:30pm-midnight · FREE · 21+ only