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Bonus Round Free Play – Thursday 6/23, 10pm-close

Bonus Round Free Play - Thursday 6/23Close out your Thursday night with Bonus Round Free Play!

From 10pm-close on Thursday June 23, every arcade game and pinball table at Ground Kontrol will be set to free play. Over 90 games spanning decades of arcade history from the vector classic Asteroids to the indie game Killer Queen, all for one low $3 cover!

Feel like you’re not quite good enough at pinball to sacrifice crucial coinage? Can’t crack the high score on Frogger without a practice game or ten? This is the perfect opportunity to play anything and everything – no quarters necessary!

As always, we’ve got a full bar and food menu with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, so you can come up with your perfect pairing. Tequila Sunset and Sunset Riders, anyone?

Bonus Round Free Play · Thursday 6/23 · 10pm-close · $3 cover · 21+ only

Indie Game Night: Bum Rush Party & Filming

Indie Game Night: Bum RushEvery Last Thursday, Indie Game Night invites you to play and preview new and unreleased independently-developed video games in Ground Kontrol’s lounge. These games are made by small teams (often just a few people) and are usually retro-inspired with refined game play that’s easy to pick up in just a couple of rounds. This month, we’re very excited to feature Bum Rush at one of our biggest Indie Game Nights ever!

BUM RUSH [Nina Freeman, Emmett Butler, Diego Garcia & Maxo]
An 8 player car combat dating sim racing game about racing your roommates while you’re on a date in order to be the first one home so that you can use it for your booty call, Bum Rush is a fast-paced party game that was originally created for the No Quarter exhibition in New York. It’s been previewed at events and parties since to great success, and tonight will be no different!

This is a rare chance to play this game prior to its official release. Not only that, but this event will be filmed for a special series on game development, so come down looking sharp and ready to party!

Get down here at 7 and join gamemaster Rich Lau, who will be on hand to help you get started. There’s no cost to play and no pressure to win, just grab a beer and a controller and have a blast!

Nina Freeman – http://ninasays.so/

Emmett Butler – http://emmettbutler.com/

Diego Garcia – https://twitter.com/radstronomical

Maxo – https://soundcloud.com/maxoelectronic

Indie Game Night: Bum Rush Edition · Thursday 6/30 · 7pm-late · 21+ · FREE

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

All Ages Free Play! Thursday 6/23, 11am-4:30pm

All Ages Free Play! Thursday 6/23Ground 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. Now it’s time to kick off your summer break with our All Ages Free Play Party!

Come down to Ground Kontrol on Thursday 6/23 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!

The doors open at 11am, a full hour early, and we welcome all ages until 4:30pm. 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 · Thursday 6/23 · 11am-4:30pm · $5 cover – Children 3 and younger are free with their parent or guardian’s paid admission · All ages welcome!

NOTE:  Access depends on capacity – if we’re full, we’ll have to hold a line at the door, so arrive early!

CLOSED For a Private Event – Thursday 6/23, 6:30-10pm

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

  • Thursday June 23, 6:30-10pm

Join us beforehand at for Happy Hour Free Play (5-6:30pm) or afterward for Bonus Round Free Play (10pm-close)!

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!

No Pun Intendo featuring Matt Monroe – Thursday 6/16, 9pm

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’s lineup:

Billy Anderson
Trevor Thorpe
Alaina Eisner
Jake Silberman
Matt Monroe

Hosted by Nariko Ott!

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 – Funny Books for Humans – the only all-comedy publisher featuring writers and artists from Adult Swim, The Onion, The Daily Show and Marvel Comics. Pick up their books at your comic book shop of choice, Amazon or direct!

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

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