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Ground Kontrol

Remember going to the arcade when you were young? Well, now that you don’t need your parents’ permission or a weeks worth of allowance, there’s one place that still has all your favorites and a full bar.

Ground Kontrol is a West Coast classic arcade, preserving and celebrating video gaming’s “golden age” by operating over 60 classic video games and 27 pinball machines. They also have a full bar available after 5pm, hosts DJs and Rock Band karaoke, and is available for public and private event rentals. A great reception location for the gaming couple.

511 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209
phone (503) 796-9364
email rentals@groundkontrol.com
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Max. Seated Indoors: 0
Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
Max. Standing Indoors: 0
Max. Standing Outdoors: 0
Max. Seated Indoors: 30
Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
Max. Standing Indoors: 130
Max. Standing Outdoors: 0

Fees & Deposits

1. $25/hr set up fee applies to DJ booth, PA and any other special audio or visual equipment set up requested for your event ($25 minimum).
2. Don’t want free play? We’ll waive the setup fee – you pay only the hourly rate.
3. $2 serving fee applies to each renter-supplied alcoholic beverage. All renter-supplied beverages must be approved in writing by Ground Kontrol management. Renter-supplied beverages cannot be removed from premises, even when unopened and/or partially consumed. A $50 hourly fee applies if outside food is supplied by Renter during Ground Kontrol’s regular kitchen hours. If you have special needs for your event’s food menu, ask us! We are happy to work with you.
4. Reservation confirmed upon receipt of fee payment and signed rental contract. 14 days’ notice requested for all reservations. Shorter notice accepted only if it presents no conflict with previously scheduled events, and upon payment of a “rush” fee to be determined at time of rental.
Minimum 2-hour rental required for private events.
  • Mon – Fri: $500 free play setup + $275 per hour
  • Sat – Sun:  Not available for rental. Please email us if your private event absolutely must occur on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
  • Sun – Wed: $1,000 free play setup + $525 per hour. Note: Tuesday evenings unavailable for rental after 7pm in consideration of Rock Band Tuesdays.
  • Thu: $1,250 free play setup + $650 per hour
  • Fri & Sat: Not available for rental. Please email us if your private event absolutely must occur on a Friday or Saturday evening.


Year-round, starting at noon.


Kitchen and a full food menu and are able to cater events.


Full bar. Alcohol allowed during all hours of event. Minors allowed during all hours of event, and when alcohol is present if they are accompanied by an adult guardian or spouse


Catering: Yes
Kitchen Facilities: yes
Tables & Chairs: through caterer
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Area: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: no
Parking: large lot, on street
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Cleanup: caterer or renter
Other: Exclusive use of the arcade, bar, DJ booth, PA, and lounge, free play on all games, provide any entertainment you choose: iPod, CDs, DJ, or visual presentation

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible

Site Views


Venue Type

Bar/Arcade Events Facility


Alcohol: licensed server required.
Insurance: Renter assumes liability for any damage to Ground Kontrol location or property caused by guests.

Wedding photos at Ground Kontrol by David Barss.