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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

All Ages Free Play Party – Wednesday 3/23, 11am-4:50pm

All Ages Free Play Party - 3/23

Ground Kontrol’s All Ages Free Play Party offers gamers of any generation a chance to experience our entire selection of arcade games and pinball!
 
Here at Ground Kontrol, it’s important for us to preserve the classic arcade experience for all ages. Even if you didn’t grow up with them, classic arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga are still a lot of fun! Since we’re a bar at night and most younger gamers go to school during the day, our twice-monthly free play parties typically exclude those under 21. During Spring Break, we’re taking the opportunity to throw another All Ages Free Play Party!
 
Come down to Ground Kontrol on Wednesday 3/23 and play over 90 arcade games and pinball tables, all set to play with no quarters necessary. We’ll also have our entire food menu on offer, so you can take a break for a fully-loaded basket of Killer Nachos, or reward yourself after conquering The Simpsons arcade game with an ice-cream sundae with your choice of toppings. Be sure to gather some friends and try the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen Arcade, sure to become your new favorite multiplayer arcade experience!
 
The doors open at 11am, a full hour early, and we welcome all ages until 4:50pm. The entry fee is just $5 at the door, so you’ll be able to pack in a ton of gaming value for a single Lincoln!

All Ages Free Play Party · Wednesday 3/23 · 11am-4:50pm · $5 · ALL AGES

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

All Ages Free Play Party – Thursday 12/31, 11am-5pm

All Ages Free PlayWrap up 2015 with all-day, family-friendly free play at Ground Kontrol! Our All Ages Free Play Party offers you another chance to introduce your young ones to the games you grew up with, in their original condition!

Everything from Asteroids to The Simpsons will be available to play with no quarters necessary, for one low $5 cover! Wander through decades of arcade history to find old favorites and new ones, and see if you’ve still got the skills to beat today’s high scores. Don’t forget about pinball – our selection of 26 tables features some of the most popular games ever made, maintained in excellent condition!

To fuel a full day of free play, our kitchen will be open serving tasty snacks and hearty sandwiches. Get a basket of fully-loaded Killer Nachos big enough to share, or go for comfort food classics like a grilled cheese with house-made tomato soup. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available for nearly every item. Save room for dessert, too: Not only do we have amazing ice cream sundaes, there’s also the DK Dessert Dog (bacon, peanut butter and honey on a banana?!?)

We’ll also feature our first-ever all ages Killer Queen tournament! This 10-player game has developed a dedicated following, but the competition has been limited to those old enough to enter a bar. Now, it’s time to find some new champions!

Entertaining the whole family can get expensive, but All Ages Free Play makes it affordable and easy. Bring everyone down and have a blast without busting your budget! Get here early, though – capacity is limited!

NOTE: This is a separate cover from the evening 21+ NYE Free Play Party. If you are attending both events, you will need to exit Ground Kontrol at 5pm, re-enter and pay the cover for the NYE party!

All Ages Free Play Party · Thursday 12/31 · 11am-5pm (minors must begin exiting at 4:50pm) · $5 · All ages welcome!

 

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+

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

All Ages Free Play Party – Back to School Blast! Wednesday 8/26, 11am-5pm

It’s almost time to go back to school, but not before one more All Ages Free Play Party!

Bring the entire family down for a day of Classic Gaming 101 with an A+ lineup of arcade and pinball games, all set to play with no quarters necessary. Our full food menu will be available, too, so take a break with a hot dog, nachos or grilled cheese fixed just how you like it, and cool off after an intense bout of DDR with a root beer float.

We know back-to-school shopping can be expensive, so all we’re asking at the door is $5 per person – and gamers 3 years or younger get in FREE with their parent or guardian’s paid admission!

Refresh your puzzle-solving skills with Tetris Plus, enroll in Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters with 6-player X-Men, or travel the world while defending the human race from marauding Martians in Attack From Mars pinball. There’s plenty to learn at the arcade!

Over 90 arcade games and pinball tables, delicious snacks (with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options), cold soft drinks and house-made cold-brew coffee: It’s a crash course in arcade gaming!

WHAT: All Ages Free Play Party – Back to School Blast!

WHEN: Wednesday, August 26. Doors open at 11am. Minors are welcome until 4:50pm.

COVER: Just $5 at the door! Gamers 3 years or younger get in FREE with their parent or guardian’s paid admission. Access depends on capacity: If we’re full, we’ll have to hold a line at the door, so arrive early!

All Ages Free Play Party – Wednesday 7/29, 11am-4:50pm

All Ages Free Play PartyHere at Ground Kontrol, it’s important for us to preserve the classic arcade experience for all ages. Even if you didn’t grow up with them, classic arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga are still a lot of fun! Since we’re a bar at night and most younger gamers go to school during the day, our twice-monthly free play parties typically exclude those under 21. But it’s summer, so what the heck: We’re setting all of our games to free play all day long on Wednesday, July 29!

Come down to Ground Kontrol on the last Wednesday this month and play over 90 arcade games and pinball tables, all set to play with no quarters necessary. We’ll also have our entire food menu on offer, so you can take a break for a fully-loaded basket of Killer Nachos, or reward yourself after conquering The Simpsons arcade game with an ice-cream sundae with your choice of toppings. Be sure to gather some friends and try the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen Arcade, sure to become your new favorite multiplayer arcade experience!

The doors open at 11am, a full hour early, and we welcome all ages until 4:50pm. Why 4:50pm? Well, we need to be ready to open our bar at 5pm and kick off the evening Free Play Party, so we’re allowing time for the transition. The entry fee is just $5 at the door, so you’ll be able to pack in a ton of gaming value for a single Lincoln!

WHAT: All Ages Free Play Party
WHEN: Wednesday, July 29. Doors open at 11am, minors welcome until 4:50pm. The 21+ evening free play party starts at 5pm.
COVER: Just $5 at the door! NOTE: Separate entry fee for both Free Play Parties. If you’re in the arcade before 5pm and wish to keep playing, you’ll need to exit, pay $5 and show valid ID proving you’re 21 years of age or older!

KPSU Free Play Fundraiser feat. Magic Fades – Thursday 4/9

KSPU Free Play Fundraiser 4/9On April 9th, Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade plays host to KPSU for an unlimited play fundraiser night. $5 cover for unlimited free play inside with an eclectic group of DJ’s spinning tracks including Portland electro R&B act Magic Fades performing a special guest DJ set. A portion of door proceeds from 5-8pm will go to benefit KPSU – Portland’s College Radio!

Free play on over 90 arcade games and pinball tables, plus happy hour from 5-7pm AND you can help support student-run, non-commercial college radio – this is going to be one of our best Free Play Parties ever!

WHAT: KPSU Free Play Fundraiser featuring Magic Fades
WHEN: Thursday 4/9. Doors at 5pm. Regular 2nd Thursday Free Play repeats every 2nd Thursday.
COVER: $5 at the door. A portion of proceeds from 5-8pm benefit KPSU! 21+ only.