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Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

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Neighbourhood: Old Town - Chinatown
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Address: 511 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209
Phone Number:
+1 503-796-9364
12:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 02:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade brings the arcade experience into the 21st...

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade brings the arcade experience into the 21st century with over 100 of the most popular video games and pinball tables in a futuristic multi-level space. Enjoy a full bar and food menu nightly, along with recurring events such as Rock Band x Ground Kontrol, the stand-up comedy night No Pun Intendo and two monthly Free Play Parties!

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Some friends and I went out Saturday night to the arcade. After 5:00 it's a $2 cover charge and adults only. There was a short line but got in quickly. If your a pinball fan... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Dana T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some friends and I went out Saturday night to the arcade. After 5:00 it's a $2 cover charge and adults only. There was a short line but got in quickly. If your a pinball fan then this is the place. Lots of the games I loved when I was a kid. Crowded but not so many people that you couldn't... More 

Thank Dana T
Joplin, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While I was living in Portland just a few blocks from here, this is where my friends and I would always go when we knew we didn't want to spend a ton of money, or party super hard, but just wanted to have a fun chill kinda night. Don't expect great Portland beers, just a small selection, but for some... More 

Thank WorldTravelinPaul
Winona, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friends told us about this place. They said it was two levels of classic fun arcade games and the second floor was all pinball tables. Mostly True, but I had a picture in my mind of a place like Dave and Busters... and this is not like D & B. This place is old, dark and dirty. The machines are... More 

Thank tgrier
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here with my son on a Friday afternoon. The place is crammed with vintage video arcades and pinball machines where you use quarters to play (they have change machines which only take $10, $5, and $1 dollar bills). My son had a great time as it was a nice distraction for my son from all the sightseeing. Note,... More 

Thank cohoman
Georgetown, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

My wife and i stopped in here on our way back to the hotel and we thought it was really neat. There was a $3 cover and it was jammed inside - just enough to make it a bit more fun. Got a drink from the bar, got some quarters and played some vintage games. Space Invaders, Pac-Man, AC/DC Pinball... More 

Thank gavinjd68
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Every time we visit Portland, we have to go here. This place is just so much fun! Downstairs is all vintage arcade games and upstairs is all pinball. They have a full bar and really good drinks too. Definitely a fun place to go to if you are over 21 and into video games! It's nice that they keep the... More 

Thank dansonman22
Pendleton, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Ms Pac-Man on fast play, donkey Kong, The Simpsons, X-men by Konami, the last goes on. 2nd floor full of pinball games I ate a corn dog, it tasted fine Beer is not served until 5pm

Thank JoelSallee
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

I'm a bit if a pinball fanatic, when I discovered this place a almost freaked out. I went inside to see an array of classic arcade machines and possibly hundreds of pinball machines, they were beautiful, old and new and well maintained. This place has pretty cheap beer and food too, the beer was pretty decent too. I found myself... More 

Thank MyFoodAdventure
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I dropped in just after 5 PM when you can buy drinks. I looked over the bar and the menu. You can buy food and drinks. So I ordered a beer and walked around to check out the arcade games. There are two floors full of arcade games.Pinball machines and other old classics that I haven't seen in years. And... More 

Thank RSNN
Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Amazing place! Tucked away on Couch St, Portland. I Visited here while travelling down the west coast from Seattle - LA. I will start by saying that despite being in my early 30s, I still love & play video games but I definitely miss the good old days! If you're anything like me, Ground Kontrol Arcade in Portland has got... More 

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