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Categories: Bar News

Pac-Man’s Free Play Birthday Party – Sunday 5/22, 5pm-late

Pac-Man's Free Play Birthday PartyCelebrate 36 a-maze-ing years of Pac-Man with Ground Kontrol! The pizza-shaped pioneer changed arcade gaming forever when Namco released the original game to arcades on May 22nd 1980, and we’re throwing a party worthy of His Pie-ness!

We’ll be setting every single game at Ground Kontrol to free play, so not only will you be able to conquer the leaderboards on Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, you’ll get to enjoy dozens of classics spanning decades of arcade history, no quarters necessary. We’ll also be rolling out some rarely-seen Pac-Man spin-offs and running high score challenges and tournaments throughout the night. While our yellow hero has a strict diet of pellets and power-ups, you’ll appreciate our full bar and food menu with specials and happy hour until midnight!

Dress up in your Pac-inspired finest – yellow, pink, orange or blue – and your cover’s just $5 at the door. Don’t feel like dressing up? No problem – you’ll just have to kick in a few bucks more for the birthday fund and spend $10 (still a great deal!) Enter our costume contest for another shot at prizes, and stop by the pop-up photo booth so Ashley Anderson Photography can make you look extra-awesome!

The party starts at 5pm and runs late, so join the Facebook event and stay tuned for specific times and announcements for everything that’s going on. He may be another year older, but Pac-Man’s not slowing down, so come down for a party worthy of arcade royalty!

Pac-Man’s Free Play Birthday Party · Sunday 5/22 · 5pm-late · $5 in costume (yellow, pink, orange or blue), $10 with no costume · 21+ only

Categories: Bar News, Events

Ninkasi Ground Control Release Party – Tuesday 4/12, 7-10pm

Ninkasi Ground Control Release Party - Tuesday 4/12Last year, Ninkasi Brewing introduced the first beer of the Ninkasi Space Program – a delicious imperial stout brewed with yeast sent to space and back! We were proud to host a release party for Ground Control Imperial Stout last spring, and we’re even more proud to be the FIRST Portland bar to serve the 2016 release!

Join us on Tuesday April 12 for the Ground Control Kontrol Release Party and be among the first in in the Pacific Northwest to enjoy a glass of this delicious bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs, fermented with ale yeast that boldly went beyond Earth’s atmosphere to create a truly out-of-this-world taste.

In addition to the super-limited Ground Control, we’ll be serving another special Ninkasi brew or two, and each Ninkasi purchase will come with free game coins to power your missions to destroy the Death Star in Star Wars or explore the final frontier in Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball!

Ninkasi’s Ground Control imperial stout and the free giveaways won’t last long, so don’t miss this chance. The galaxy’s best beers paired with the galaxy’s best arcade? Take one small sip for man Tuesday April 12th at 7pm!

Ninkasi Ground Control Release Party · Tuesday 4/12 · 7-10pm · NO COVER · 21+ only

Portland Pinbrawl VIII – Special Hours & Information – Sunday 4/17

Just a few things you should know about our hours on Sunday 4/17 during Portland Pinbrawl:

  • We’ll be closed to spectators until 3pm. If you’re not playing in the tournament, we may not be able to admit you entry until then!
  • Ground Kontrol will be 21+ all day – no minors will be admitted. Sorry, but in order to serve from our bar during the tournament, we have to be 21+ only.
  • Only Portland Pinbrawl tournament players will be admitted upstairs into the pinball mezzanine during the tournament. If you need your pinball fix, you’ll have to wait until the tournament’s over (generally not until later in the evening)!

If you’re not playing in the tournament, we appreciate your understanding on these few tweaks we have to make in order to host the biggest & best pinball tournament in Portland!

Thanks everyone!

Bonus Round Free Play – Tuesday 3/29, 5-7:30pm + 11pm-close

web-slideTwo extra chances at Free Play this month? Make it so! We’re hosting two rounds of Bonus Round Free Play on Tuesday March 29 – one earlier in the evening, and one late!

First, from 5-7:30pm, stop by post-work for unlimited game play on over 90 video games and pinball tables spanning decades of arcade history for an extra-awesome discount at the door! It’s just $2 to play as much as you possibly can until 7:30. Explore the final frontier in Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball, grab some friends and defeat Shredder and Krang in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, or take on our latest title, Legendary Wings!

Enjoy happy hour at the bar from 5-7pm as well, with 8 excellent choices on tap, more options in bottles and cans, and a full selection of spirits so you can get your favorite drink. Ground Kontrol will close at 7:30pm for a private rental, so don’t be late!

After Ground Kontrol re-opens our doors at 11pm, every single game in our arcade will be set to play for free, with NO cover at the door!

This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the best arcade and pinball selection in the Pacific Northwest with no quarters – or cover – necessary!

Arcade classics from Asteroids to X-Men and pinball favorites from Addams Family to World Cup Soccer await. We expect a great turnout, so get here early and make the most of your bonus round!

Bonus Round Free Play · Tuesday 3/29 · 5-7:30pm + 11pm-close · $2 from 5-7:30pm, FREE from 11pm-close · 21+ only

Bonus Round Free Play Party – Tuesday 3/1, 5-6:45pm & 10pm-close

Bonus Round Free PlaySurprise: Ground Kontrol is once again offering two extra shots at Free Play this month!

From 5pm-6:45pm on Tuesday March 1st, every game in the arcade will be set to play with no quarters necessary. Pay $2 to get in, grab a drink, and get to work – you’ve got a little under 2 hours to conquer as many classics as you can! It’s also happy hour at the bar, so your post-work pint won’t strain your pocketbook.

Ground Kontrol close from 6:45pm – 10pm for a private event, so get your gaming in before we clear the arcade.

Can’t make it down before 6:45pm? No problem! Round 2 starts at 10pm, with $3 free play until we close!

Bask in the electric glow of dozens of games waiting for players, for one flat fee (cheaper than our usual Free Play Parties). Keep Q*bert from danger on perilous pyramids or master our latest game, the Tetris-inspired 90s classic Klax!

Capacity is limited, so get here early!

Bonus Round Free Play Party · Tuesday 3/1 · 5pm-6:45pm ($2) and 10:00pm-close ($3) · 21+ only

Categories: Bar News

New on Tap: Gilgamesh Terry Porter

Gilgamesh Brewing - Terry PorterWe don’t need a reason to enjoy a pint here at Ground Kontrol, but Gilgamesh Brewing’s new Terry Porter gives us a few great ones!

Named after two-time All Star player and fan-favorite Blazer alumni Terry Porter, this robust porter is brewed with Northwest malts and hops, and features a mild chocolate sweetness. To commemorate Mr. Porter’s work as a member of the Board of Directors at Doernbecher’s  Children’s Hospital Foundation, Gilgamesh will donate a portion of proceeds from the sales of Terry Porter beers to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, dedicated to improving children’s health.

Make your next beer satisfying and charitable, too – pair a Terry Porter with your favorite game at Ground Kontrol!

2.17.16 Anniversary Party & Special Announcement – Wednesday 2/17

2.17.16 Anniversary PartyOn February 17th 2011, Ground Kontrol invited you to experience a fully restored, remodeled and upgraded arcade and lounge nearly twelve years in the making. Five years later, we’re ready to celebrate one of the biggest milestones in our history, but that’s not all – we’ve got a very special announcement to make!

Join us on Wednesday February 17th for a night of retro revelry, featuring happy hour all night on select beers, extra-awesome food specials and surprise giveaways. Simply play your favorite classic game and you might win Ground Kontrol merchandise (including some exclusive one-night-only items), free game coins and more.

At 10pm, take a seat in our lounge and be the first to get a glimpse at what’s in store for the future of Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade!

Superb Owl Sunday: Extended Happy Hour! Sunday 2/7, 5pm

Superb Owl SundayNeed something to do on Sunday night that doesn’t involve sportsball? Stop by for some classic arcade gaming and extended happy hour in honor of the highly effective bird of prey from the order Strigiformes!

Known for their nocturnal schedule, ability to rotate their heads more than most creatures, and a tendency to swallow their prey whole, owls are sorely underrepresented in classic arcade gaming and are rarely seen in arcades or game rooms. In fact, should you see an owl near any type of arcade game or pinball table, it is advised to call an animal control professional so that the bird can be safely removed and released in the appropriate habitat.

Possessing sacred knowledge regarding candy lollipops, owls gain the ability to speak perfect English while wearing a square academic cap, and have no reported interest in alcoholic beverages. That’s good news for you, because Ground Kontrol will be serving draft beer, draft cider, PBR, Tecate, Coors Light and well cocktails at happy hour prices until midnight! Enjoy a pint without fear of swift and silent retribution from the fearless predator with razor-sharp talons, and play your favorite games from the past four decades with absolutely no broadcast of any sports competition whatsoever!

Over 90 arcade games; beer, wine, cider and well cocktails at discount prices; and freedom from being consumed and turned into a pellet or having to watch hours of sports – it’s Superb Owl Sunday at Ground Kontrol!

Superb Owl Sunday – Extended Sports-Free Happy Hour · Sunday, February 7 · Happy Hour 5pm-midnight · 21+ · FREE

2 Towns Ciderhouse Tap Takeover – Wednesday 2/3, 7pm

2 Towns Tap Takeover2 Towns Ciderhouse takes over Ground Kontrol during a special Cider Conference event!

We’ll be serving five distinctly delicious 2 Towns Ciderhouse craft-brewed ciders including limited and seasonal options, so hardcore cider fans and those more casual or curious can both find something to suit their tastes. Grab a drink and head over to compete in the hourly mini-tournaments on various games around the arcade, or spin the prize wheel to see if it’s your lucky night. More surprises await, so get here early to make sure you’ve got a chance to win – and find a new favorite cider while you’re at it!

The full lineup at the bar:

On tap – Dark Currant (limited), Made Marion (seasonal)

In cans – OutCider, Ginja Ninja

In bottles – Rhubarbarian

If you’re not sure which one’s for you, just stop by the 2 Towns table where they’ll be on hand to sample a variety of ciders and tell you about what makes them unique!

Whether you’re visiting town for Cider Conference or Portland is your home, you don’t want to miss this night of crisp, refreshing cider and classic gaming with local flavor!

2 Towns Ciderhouse Tap Takeover · Wednesday February 3 · 7pm-late (giveaways while they last) · FREE · 21+

Categories: Arcade News, Bar News

OPEN Regular Hours New Year’s Day – Friday January 1

new-years-dayGround Kontrol Classic Arcade will be OPEN regular hours on New Year’s Day, Friday January 1st. Doors open at Noon, and we’re all-ages until 5pm.

At 5pm, the bar opens (with happy hour until 7) and we’re 21+ until close.

If you’ve got the day off, we hope you’ll join us for a few rounds of Pac-Man and pinball. Here’s to another great year!