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“Great night out for big kids!”

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
Ranked #7 of 53 Fun & Games in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Avalon, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great night out for big kids!”
Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

This place is a must see for the young at heart. At night it's adult only with a great bar and three dollar pints. Downstairs is every arcade game from your childhood with Pacman, Simpsons, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Rampage and Paperboy. Each play is only a quarter so you can have a lot of fun on a small budget. Upstairs is a ton of pinball machines at 50 cents a play and tons of classics like the Adams Family. Over all we had an awesome time having a few drinks and playing the games we loved as kids.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“This place is a blast!”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Classic arcade! Need I say more? Ok, well then: great lay out, plenty of games for all, good variety of pinball and arcade games, very affordable. Great date night destination!

Visited November 2013
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Costa Mesa, California
Level 6 Contributor
159 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Had a great flashback at this arcade”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

My wife and I stopped here for a great flashback. I really enjoyed playing their Simpsons game which took me back to my middle school years. I only wish the place would've been bigger but maybe I'm getting old. This is a great place to spend time at on a rainy day and a must for anyone who played video games in the 80s and early 90s. If they got a bigger space it would be perfect.

Visited November 2013
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Portland, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Old-time fun”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Ground Kontrol Arcade is an awesome step back in time for those of us who played games before there were Playstations and X-Boxes. This place has just about all the old titles you remember and you can drink beer while playing!

Visited December 2012
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Hilo, Hawaii
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Old School D&B”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Travel back in time for Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man,and my favorite Dr. Mario. This place has classic arcade games and pinball machines plus a small dining area. Don't let the dark atmosphere turn you off. You know you're going to an arcade right? Channel your middle school self. The only thing to note is that at 5 pm, it turns into a Dave and Buster type 21 and over bar and arcade, so families with kids need to leave.

Visited October 2013
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