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Categories: Bar News

CLOSED For Business 12/24 + 12/25 – Happy Birthday, Lemmy!

Lemmy at Ground Kontrol, 10/03/2009
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be CLOSED for business on Thursday 12/24 and Friday 12/25 in honor of Motörhead frontman and Tempest fan Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister.

Please raise a glass to 70 years of rock’s most legendary figure with your family and friends, and join us at Noon on Saturday 12/26 when we resume normal business!

Killer Queen Competitive Clash – Monday 12/21

Killer Queen Competitive ClashDecember’s Killer Queen Competitive Clash returns with TWO sponsors and TRIPLE the prizes! Not Your Father’s Root Beer by Small Town Brewery is teaming up with The Kraken Rum to make sure we’ve got plenty of delicious drinks on hand and massive prizes for the winning teams.

Sign up to compete on the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen, in our lounge! This game’s hard to find and harder to miss – two giant cabinets support 5 players each (with drink holders for your beer, of course). Teams compete as worker bees, warriors and Queens battling it out to be the first to collect the most pollen, decimate the opposing Queen three times, or ride the snail to their base. It’s one of the best multiplayerexperiences we’ve ever seen in arcades! Sign up for the tournament and you could win up to $150 in Ground Kontrol credit and champion pins! Tournament sign-ups take place 7-8pm, and the first game kicks off at 8.

The tournament will feature best-of-five matches in a Round Robin or Double Elimination format. All skill levels welcome! Broadcast live online with play-by-play commentary!

It’s the Killer Queen Competitive Clash – one of Ground Kontrol’s biggest tournaments, featuring our most dedicated players!

* 1st Place: $150 in Ground Kontrol credit
* 2nd Place: $75 in Ground Kontrol credit
* 3rd place: $30 in Ground Kontrol credit
Thanks to our sponsors Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Kraken Black Spiced Rum!

WHAT: Killer Queen Competitive Clash

WHEN: Monday 12/21. Signups starting at 7pm. Killer Queen Tournament kicks off at 8pm!

COVER: No cover! Free to sign up and play. 21+ only.

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

NYE VIP WristbandsUPDATE 12/30: 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 $6 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. They went really quickly last year, so we’ve added a few more this time around. 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 – Thursday 12/31, 5pm-close
  • 2 drink tickets worth $6 each at the bar
  • Champagne toast at midnight

R.I.P. 2015: New Year’s Eve Free Play Party – Thursday 12/31, 5pm-close

R.I.P 2015 - NYE Free Play PartyWe’re wrapping up another great year at Ground Kontrol the only way we know how: by flipping the “free play” switch on every single game and inviting YOU to party like it’s 1985!

Bid a fond “R.I.P.” to 2015 at our New Year’s Eve Free Play Party with an arcade full of classic games and the best selection of pinball in the Pacific Northwest. Save your quarters for the first laundry day of 2016 because they’re all ready to play, absolutely free! Enjoy 8 taps of craft beer and cider and a full bar and food menu with specials all night long. Take a break for some nachos in our retro-futuristic lounge, or just grab another pint and head for your favorite game – we’ve got drink holders everywhere, so you don’t have to balance a beer while you climb the high score board!

DJs Alan Hart, New Year’s Reiff and T. Wrex will keep things kicking with an eclectic soundtrack selected for maximum party potential. As we get close to midnight, you’ll be able to grab a glass of champagne (included in your cover) and toast to 2016 with the traditional countdown and balloon drop!

All of this is just $15 at the door, making it the best NYE deal in town. Doors open at 5pm, and capacity is limited, so get here early! If you’d rather skip the line (and get some nice bonuses while you’re at it), check out our super-limited VIP wristbands!

R.I.P. 2015: New Year’s Eve Free Play Party · Thursday 12/31 · 5pm-close · $15 · 21+

CLOSED For a Private Event – Friday 12/11, 3-6:30pm

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

  • Friday 12/11, 3:00-6:30pm

We’ll re-open at 6:30pm for regular business with happy hour until 7pm!

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!

YAS (Killer) QUEEN: Free Play Party & Charity Event – Sunday 11/29, 5pm

YAS (Killer) QueenGround Kontrol is teaming up with 2 Towns Ciderhouse for a special free play night and Killer Queen tournament featuring their limited Prickle Me Pink cider and benefiting Outside In!

With cold, crisp weather settling in, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a craft-brewed cider while warming yourself in the glow of your favorite arcade games and pinball tables. While we host two popular free play parties every month, the chance to feature 2 Towns’ limited-edition Prickle Me Pink cider and raise money for Outside In was too good to pass up!

Prickle Me Pink is a brand-new, super-limited seasonal cider selection crafted from 100% fresh-pressed NW apple juice and California whole Prickly Pear. The cider leads with aromas of fig nectar, watermelon, and an unbelievable fuchsia color derived solely from the prickly pear. The cactus fruit’s flesh is naturally bright pink, with a spiny exterior that makes it tougher than most fruits, and the result is a cider that tastes like fresh watermelon without too much sweetness at a 6% ABV. We’re lucky to get some of the last bottles around for this event, so don’t wait to try it!

This event will feature a special tournament on the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen, honoring the true queens of our local scene. The game has a strong following in Portland and beyond, and this tournament will be organized and run by some of the most dedicated KQ ladies in Portland! All are welcome, but both casual and veteran female players are strongly encouraged to enter this free tournament and win prizes from Ground Kontrol, 2 Towns Ciderhouse and The Hollywood Theatre! Those who aren’t feeling competitive but perhaps are feeling lucky can also enter our charity raffle for just $1 per ticket!

Getting in is easy: Show up wearing predominantly pink and you’ll only pay $5 plus you’ll get a special raffle ticket, free! If you’re not in pink, it’s still a good deal at $10. Keep in mind we’ve got a full bar, so Ground Kontrol is 21+ after 5pm.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Outside In, who has been providing much-needed services to homeless youth and other marginalized people in the Portland area since 1968. Outside In helps provide housing, employment, counseling, meals, medical care and creative outlets along with much-needed medical care with over 21,000 visits each year from the most vulnerable members of our community. $2 of every cover, $1 from each sale of Prickle Me Pink cider and every raffle ticket sale will benefit Outside In and help them provide services, especially during the colder winter months.

Free play on every game, a delicious limited-edition cider, and a tournament all for a good cause: YAS (Killer) QUEEN is the perfect excuse to extend your holiday weekend just one more night!

YAS (Killer) QUEEN – Free Play Party & Charity Event · Sunday 11/29 · 5pm-close · $5 if you’re in pink, $10 if not · 21+ only

CLOSED for Thanksgiving – Thursday 11/26

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be CLOSED Thursday 11/26 so our staff can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, and our games can take a break!

We’ll re-open Friday 11/27 at Noon for regular business. All ages are welcome Noon-4:50pm, and we’re 21+ only with full bar service after 5pm!

We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

XRAY Night – Sunday 10/25, 7pm-1am

XRAY.fm Night at Ground KontrolXRAY is invading Ground Kontrol for a night of pixels, drinking, and music. Come meet the people behind the station, pick up your member keytag, and get down to the sweet stylings of XRAY DJs Keegan, DDDJJJ666, and Magnolia Bouvier!

This night is a benefit for XRAY.FM, with drink specials and a portion of proceeds going to the station. Bring your friends!

Poster art by Lulu Martinez (http://lulumartinez.us/)

Categories: Arcade News, Bar News

Special Event: Xipiter BSides After Party – Saturday 10/17, 6-9pm

Xipiter is inviting BSides attendees to hang out with them at Ground Kontrol this Saturday! From Xipiter:


You’ve nerded out at BSides during the day, come nerd out with us even more at Ground Kontrol with awesome vintage games! After you’ve had fun at BSidesPDX, join Xipiter at Ground Kontrol! On Saturday 10/17 from 6pm-9pm hang with folks from our team!
* First 50 to show their BSides Badge at the door will have waived door cover
* The first 50 people get FOUR drinks courtesy of Xipiter!
* A short walk (~15mins) from the conference venue, or a even shorter cab ride!


Please note that access to Ground Kontrol depends on capacity. If there’s a line at the door, our staff will work to get everyone in as quickly as possible!
Brought you you by: http://xipiter.com

Giga-Fright: Halloween Free Play Party & Costume Contest! Wednesday 10/28, 5pm

Giga-FrightGet your Halloweekend started early with Ground Kontrol! Our Last Wednesday Free Play Party has mutated into something spooktacular for the Halloween season: It’s the return of Giga-Fright, our costume contest party!

Shuffle, slither, fly or crawl down to Ground Kontrol for a night of free play on every single arcade game and pinball table in our house, killer food and drink specials, and a terror-ific costume contest with a $100 cash grand prize! Don’t forget to spin the Hall-O-Wheel for a special challenge and win bonus prizes, too.

Those of you that are Giga-Fright veterans know that we get some shockingly good costumes every year, so don’t slouch – spend some time in the laboratory and show up in your frightful, freakish finery!

WHAT: Giga-Fright – Ground Kontrol’s Halloween Free Play Party & Costume Contest

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28. Doors at 5pm. DJ set by Logical Aggression at 9pm. Costume contest judging at 11pm.

COVER: $5 at the door if you’re in costume, $8 at the door without!