Ground Kontrol not only houses Portland’s biggest and best collection of retro video games and pinball machines, it houses Portland’s biggest and best collection of retro video games and pinball machines and it serves beer. Have a pint downstairs with childhood friends like Mario, Ryu and the robotrons before dragging drooping pockets full of quarters upstairs to get reacquainted with all your old teenage pinball favorites. Most nights, DJs blast metal, industrial and electronica at you, but keep an eye on the calendar for Rock Band, Street Fighter and pinball tournaments. As of printing, the “barcade” is undergoing renovations, but by the time you read this, it should also feature liquor, food, less disgusting toilets and an ambience that puts you in the “TRON universe”—whatever that means. RUTH BROWN.
What to drink: A PBR tallboy fits snuggly into the machines’ drink holders, and really, you’ll be too distracted by the flashing lights and blippy bloopy sounds to pay attention to anything fancier.
Happy hour: $1.50 PBR and Miller High Life tallboys, $2 domestics and macrobrews, $2.50 microbrews and imports 5-7 pm daily.
Entertainment: Other than the games? DJs, the monthly Video Game Quiz Show and laughing at people who take Dance Dance Revolution just a little too seriously.