clock menu more-arrow no yes
A chandelier hangs above rows of communal tables at Mox Boarding House, where people play board games with drinks and food.
Visitors play games at Mox Boarding House in Portland.
Mox Boarding House

Where to Play Games With a Drink in Hand in Portland

Play some ping pong with a pint of beer or sip cocktails while bowling at these Portland hot spots

View as Map
Visitors play games at Mox Boarding House in Portland.
| Mox Boarding House

If there’s one thing Portlanders love more than socializing over food and drink, it’s socializing over food and drink while playing some sort of game. Maybe it’s darts at a dive, or a knocking off a high score from a bar’s pinball machine rankings; maybe it’s a game of corn hole at a food cart pod. Whatever it is, Portlanders are into it — either as a family-friendly dinner option that will keep the kids entertained, or as a weekend meetup among 20-somethings.

Portland is home to several game shops that sell beer, as well as bars with a few pinball machines; this map specifically focuses on places that offer both a variety of games and a strong selection of food and drink. Below, find our map of places to play some games with a tasty beverage in hand, from mini golf to axe throwing.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Stormbreaker Brewing St. Johns

Copy Link
8409 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(971) 255-1481
Visit Website

Located inside Stormbreaker Brewing in St. Johns, Portland Axe Throwing hosts one-to-two hour sessions, where a trained coach will help customers learn basic axe throwing techniques. If flinging a weapon at a wall works up an appetite, Stormbreaker’s full kitchen menu includes smoked wings, nachos, and burgers, accompanied by the brewery’s wide selection of house ales and lagers. Booking 24 hours in advance is generally required for axe-throwing.

2. Mox Boarding House

Copy Link
1938 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 506-0669
Visit Website

Located right by Providence Park, Mox Boarding House offers a wide variety of tabletop games, with mainstream hits like Catan to Exploding Kittens, as well as obscure European board games and deck-builders. It’s also a full service restaurant, with an eclectic mix of dishes like tea sandwiches, elote queso, and a variety of hardcore burgers. Bartenders pull beers from two dozen taps, and serve a number of involved house cocktails. Private gaming rooms are available, and visitors can shop for their own games from Mox’s retail section.

3. Punch Bowl Social Portland

Copy Link
340 SW Morrison St #4305
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 334-0360
Visit Website

Located on the third floor of Pioneer Place, Punch Bowl Social is a whopping 32,000 square foot venue filled with arcade games, a bowling alley, and a karaoke bar. With a respectable 12 taps stocked with beer and cider, a variety of boozy punch bowls, fun non-alcoholic spritzes, and a food menu with plenty of sharing-friendly nachos and loaded fries, Punch Bowl Social is a smart choice for parties, regardless of age demographic.

4. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade and Bar

Copy Link
115 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 796-9364
Visit Website

Open since 1999, this Portland multi-level arcade staple features more than 100 classic and popular arcade games and pinball machines. Ground Kontrol serves reasonably priced beer, cocktails, and the all-important gamer foods like hot dogs, nachos, and sandwiches — since it’s Portland, most of these can be made vegan or gluten free. Even better, arcade machines here sport drink holders, so gamers can play with their hands free. Ground Kontrol welcomes all ages until 5 p.m., after which the arcade only serves customers 21 and over.

5. Golf on Tap at Growler Guys

Copy Link
3739 S Bond Ave
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 477-7760
Visit Website

Located in the South Waterfront neighborhood inside Growler Guys, Golf on Tap offers two indoor golf simulators with more than 100 different courses, driving ranges, and golf games. Customers are welcome to grab a beer from Growler Guys’s impressive 59 taps, before hitting up the simulators to play some golf. Prices for Golf on Tap average about $40 an hour for two people.

6. Retro Game Bar

Copy Link
6720 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211
(971) 271-8079
Visit Website

Owners Shira and Jason Yovu stock Retro Game Bar with their personal collection of cartridges and discs, spanning 19 different consoles from Atari to SEGAs to Nintendo 64s. Although it provides a vast array of options, Retro Game Bar doesn’t quite feel like an arcade — instead, it feels more like a vintage bar, where visitors can play video games at a table or at the bar with friends. Dining options include Japanese comfort food like tonkatsu and curry rice to pomegranate-glazed wings and fries; bartenders shake and stir a variety of game-themed drinks, also serving Level Beer IPAs and CBD drinks.

7. Grand Central Bowl & Arcade

Copy Link
808 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-2695
Visit Website

Originally opened in 2007, Grand Central Bowl and Arcade houses multiple bowling lanes, a few arcade games, and a truly gargantuan food menu. During the height of the pandemic, Grand Central Bowl transformed its kitchen into a virtual food hall, or ghost kitchen, home to four separate concepts: Gastropub Thirsty Lion, taqueria Tortilla Sunrise, fried chicken spot Southern Jewel, and wing specialist Killer Wings. Now, the dine-in menu incorporates elements of all of those ghost kitchen restaurants: Between strikes and gutterballs, visitors can dine on totchos and sushi, carnitas tacos and gochujang wings. Bowlers can also order cocktails, wine, beer, and boozy shakes from the bar.

8. Pips & Bounce

Copy Link
833 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 928-4664
Visit Website

Located below Grand Central Bowl, Pips and Bounce is all about ping pong, with several tables to rent in 30-minute increments. Pips and Bounce’s chefs top 14-inch pizzas with pepperoni and black olives and load up Juanitas chips with nacho fixings. Cocktails and a small selection of beer and wine are also available. 

9. Birdie Time Pub and Mini Golf

Copy Link
925 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 346-2034
Visit Website

The Birdie Time Pub is home to a nine-hole mini golf course, golf and sports simulator, and board games, accompanied by a wide selection of food and drink. The bar’s 36 taps pour beer, wine, and cider, while the ‘Birdie Coop’ serves appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and wings. Birdie Time Pub also serves cocktails, and is dog-friendly. 

10. Wedgehead

Copy Link
3728 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 477-7637
Visit Website

Wedgehead is one of those unicorns of an arcade bar, where the cocktails and food are just as good as the game selection. In the arcade section of the bar, a maze of lit up pinball machines includes glowing Godzillas and Addams Family characters; down in the kitchen, chefs flip some knockout Painted Hills beef burgers and slather fries with queso. The beer selection includes fan favorite breweries like Pfriem, and bartender KaCee Solis-Robertson serves spiked horchata and tamarind whiskey highballs with names alluding to Bobs Burgers. Unlimited game play is available for $12.

11. Space Room Lounge

Copy Link
4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 235-6957
Visit Website

Space Room might be one of the only places where you can eat pancakes while playing Pac-Man. Served all day, Space Room’s breakfast menu includes things like chicken-fried steak, sourdough French toast, and biscuits and gravy, served alongside house-infused vodkas and brunch-y cocktails. The arcade is home to arcade games like Street Fighter 2 and Maximum Tune, as well as a variety of pinball machines.

12. Quarterworld Arcade

Copy Link
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 548-2923
Visit Website

This 21-plus arcade and pinball machine is home to more than 40 pinball machines and more than 55 arcade games, ranging from classics to contemporary; outside of games, Quarterworld also features two full bars and a menu of smash burgers, pretzels with garlic cheese, and pizza slices. In addition to single cocktails, QuarterWorld serves a selection of large format drinks, like the Altered Beast — a mix of tequila, grapefruit, cranberry, and Black Cherry White Claw. Quarterworld charges a $2 entry fee on most days. 

1. Stormbreaker Brewing St. Johns

8409 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

Located inside Stormbreaker Brewing in St. Johns, Portland Axe Throwing hosts one-to-two hour sessions, where a trained coach will help customers learn basic axe throwing techniques. If flinging a weapon at a wall works up an appetite, Stormbreaker’s full kitchen menu includes smoked wings, nachos, and burgers, accompanied by the brewery’s wide selection of house ales and lagers. Booking 24 hours in advance is generally required for axe-throwing.

8409 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

2. Mox Boarding House

1938 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Located right by Providence Park, Mox Boarding House offers a wide variety of tabletop games, with mainstream hits like Catan to Exploding Kittens, as well as obscure European board games and deck-builders. It’s also a full service restaurant, with an eclectic mix of dishes like tea sandwiches, elote queso, and a variety of hardcore burgers. Bartenders pull beers from two dozen taps, and serve a number of involved house cocktails. Private gaming rooms are available, and visitors can shop for their own games from Mox’s retail section.

1938 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209

3. Punch Bowl Social Portland

340 SW Morrison St #4305, Portland, OR 97204

Located on the third floor of Pioneer Place, Punch Bowl Social is a whopping 32,000 square foot venue filled with arcade games, a bowling alley, and a karaoke bar. With a respectable 12 taps stocked with beer and cider, a variety of boozy punch bowls, fun non-alcoholic spritzes, and a food menu with plenty of sharing-friendly nachos and loaded fries, Punch Bowl Social is a smart choice for parties, regardless of age demographic.

340 SW Morrison St #4305
Portland, OR 97204

4. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade and Bar

115 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Open since 1999, this Portland multi-level arcade staple features more than 100 classic and popular arcade games and pinball machines. Ground Kontrol serves reasonably priced beer, cocktails, and the all-important gamer foods like hot dogs, nachos, and sandwiches — since it’s Portland, most of these can be made vegan or gluten free. Even better, arcade machines here sport drink holders, so gamers can play with their hands free. Ground Kontrol welcomes all ages until 5 p.m., after which the arcade only serves customers 21 and over.

115 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

5. Golf on Tap at Growler Guys

3739 S Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239

Located in the South Waterfront neighborhood inside Growler Guys, Golf on Tap offers two indoor golf simulators with more than 100 different courses, driving ranges, and golf games. Customers are welcome to grab a beer from Growler Guys’s impressive 59 taps, before hitting up the simulators to play some golf. Prices for Golf on Tap average about $40 an hour for two people.

3739 S Bond Ave
Portland, OR 97239

6. Retro Game Bar

6720 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211

Owners Shira and Jason Yovu stock Retro Game Bar with their personal collection of cartridges and discs, spanning 19 different consoles from Atari to SEGAs to Nintendo 64s. Although it provides a vast array of options, Retro Game Bar doesn’t quite feel like an arcade — instead, it feels more like a vintage bar, where visitors can play video games at a table or at the bar with friends. Dining options include Japanese comfort food like tonkatsu and curry rice to pomegranate-glazed wings and fries; bartenders shake and stir a variety of game-themed drinks, also serving Level Beer IPAs and CBD drinks.

6720 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211

7. Grand Central Bowl & Arcade

808 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Originally opened in 2007, Grand Central Bowl and Arcade houses multiple bowling lanes, a few arcade games, and a truly gargantuan food menu. During the height of the pandemic, Grand Central Bowl transformed its kitchen into a virtual food hall, or ghost kitchen, home to four separate concepts: Gastropub Thirsty Lion, taqueria Tortilla Sunrise, fried chicken spot Southern Jewel, and wing specialist Killer Wings. Now, the dine-in menu incorporates elements of all of those ghost kitchen restaurants: Between strikes and gutterballs, visitors can dine on totchos and sushi, carnitas tacos and gochujang wings. Bowlers can also order cocktails, wine, beer, and boozy shakes from the bar.

808 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

8. Pips & Bounce

833 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Located below Grand Central Bowl, Pips and Bounce is all about ping pong, with several tables to rent in 30-minute increments. Pips and Bounce’s chefs top 14-inch pizzas with pepperoni and black olives and load up Juanitas chips with nacho fixings. Cocktails and a small selection of beer and wine are also available. 

833 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Birdie Time Pub and Mini Golf

925 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214

The Birdie Time Pub is home to a nine-hole mini golf course, golf and sports simulator, and board games, accompanied by a wide selection of food and drink. The bar’s 36 taps pour beer, wine, and cider, while the ‘Birdie Coop’ serves appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and wings. Birdie Time Pub also serves cocktails, and is dog-friendly. 

925 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214

10. Wedgehead

3728 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

Wedgehead is one of those unicorns of an arcade bar, where the cocktails and food are just as good as the game selection. In the arcade section of the bar, a maze of lit up pinball machines includes glowing Godzillas and Addams Family characters; down in the kitchen, chefs flip some knockout Painted Hills beef burgers and slather fries with queso. The beer selection includes fan favorite breweries like Pfriem, and bartender KaCee Solis-Robertson serves spiked horchata and tamarind whiskey highballs with names alluding to Bobs Burgers. Unlimited game play is available for $12.

3728 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

11. Space Room Lounge

4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Space Room might be one of the only places where you can eat pancakes while playing Pac-Man. Served all day, Space Room’s breakfast menu includes things like chicken-fried steak, sourdough French toast, and biscuits and gravy, served alongside house-infused vodkas and brunch-y cocktails. The arcade is home to arcade games like Street Fighter 2 and Maximum Tune, as well as a variety of pinball machines.

4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

12. Quarterworld Arcade

4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

This 21-plus arcade and pinball machine is home to more than 40 pinball machines and more than 55 arcade games, ranging from classics to contemporary; outside of games, Quarterworld also features two full bars and a menu of smash burgers, pretzels with garlic cheese, and pizza slices. In addition to single cocktails, QuarterWorld serves a selection of large format drinks, like the Altered Beast — a mix of tequila, grapefruit, cranberry, and Black Cherry White Claw. Quarterworld charges a $2 entry fee on most days. 

4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

Related Maps