Stuck between wanting to be a grown up and a kid at the same time? What better way to not have to choose than by checking out some of Portland’s greatest barcades? Our city offers some awesome barcades that allow you to be both. These places give you the opportunity to indulge in much-needed alcoholic beverages and at the same time blow off some steam by playing your childhood-favorite arcade games.
Located in Old Town Chinatown, Ground Kontrol is known to be Portland’s hottest barcade and should be in everyone’s “Must Visit” list, whether you’re a local or tourist. Not only do they feature a full-service bar, they also offer over 60 classic video games, pinball machines, and other fun activities, such as karaoke and game tournaments. The place is guaranteed to give you and your friends a fun and unforgettable night, especially since they offer numerous options to fit everyone’s interests. From monthly comedy shows, kick-ass DJs, and trivia nights, Ground Kontrol is the definition of a good time. They welcome all ages from noon–4:50 p.m., and only admit those 21 and over starting at 4:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on their awesome recurring events such as Free Play, where you and your friends can play on all video games and pinball tables for free.
If you’re looking for something simple to keep you entertained while you grab a few rounds, C Bar, located on Portland’s lower east side might be your best option. The bar is considered one of the city’s hottest spots to play pinball, as it features about 15 games from Rose City Pinball. Kids are welcome until 9:30 p.m as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Word on the street is that C Bar’s awesome beer selection and food menu will keep you coming back for more. They also frequently change it up to keep regulars interested and indulged. C Bar is perfect if you’re looking to simply relax and avoid a busy crowd.
Settled in SE Hawthorne, QuarterWorld is one of Portland’s newest barcades and is most appreciated for its great selection of food and drinks, clean and spacious atmosphere, and lenient hours. People of all ages are able to enjoy the wide range of new and classic games up until 8 p.m. For those 21 and over, doors will be open until 1 a.m. The place is perfect for families looking to spend quality time together and is available to rent for birthdays, fundraisers, or company parties. Lastly, their top-notch musical Tesla Coil is too awesome to miss! You can catch it in action on Tuesdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Punch Bowl Social
Located in Pioneer Place, Punch Bowl Social is the ideal place to accommodate a large group of friends, family members, or colleagues. Perfect for social events, the spot is equipped with arcade games, karaoke, a bowling alley, and music entertainment. Staff members are said to be extremely nice and accommodating and the food very satisfying. The huge space itself is enough to keep your group feeling comfortable and free the whole time.
Depending on whether or not you’re going out with a few friends, alone, or family, these barcades contain different amenities and offers to fit your needs. Nonetheless, each of them is certain to make your night out both successful and enjoyable. Don’t forget to have fun and drink responsibly!