Food & Drink

From Jenga to Pac-Man, these are Portland's 10 best bar game bars

Published On 02/26/2014 Published On 02/26/2014
Giant Jenga
Drew Tyson
Ground Kontrol
Drew Tyson
Uptown Billiards Club
Rialto Poolroom
Spirit of 77
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Leisure Public House
Slingshot Lounge
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1. The Wurst 724 E Burnside, Portland, OR 97214

The Wurst is making alcohol and bratwurst sexy again, and they don't care who knows it. With a fine selection of beers on draft and in bottled form, as well as a number of specialty mixed drinks, there's plenty of special sauce to prepare you for the pool tables, pinball and skee ball they have as well.

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2. Uptown Billiards Club 120 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

This swank little billiards club on NW 23rd houses the best tables in town and is usually filled with the better players. The perfect place to meet fellow enthusiasts and enjoy some eats/drinks.

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3. Leisure Public House 8002 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

Featuring an honest-to-god bocce ball court outside, plus delicious bar eats like an Applewood-smoked bacon panini, this boozer is the perfect spot for a group.

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4. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade 511 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

Classic arcade 'n drink emporium Ground Kontrol has been remodeled/upgraded to version "3.0", which brings new comfy flooring, an LED-heavy Tron grid-esque interior.

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5. Triple Nickel 3646 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

After being overhauled, the Triple Nickel is STILL a neighborhood favorite in Southeast Portland, boasting giant Jenga, four dart boards, four pool tables, a juke box, and a solid bar menu.

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6. Rialto Poolroom Bar & Cafe 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

With their famously large pours, Rialto is a local favorite, serving up locally sourced meats and fish in their combo restaurant-bar-pool room.

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7. Spirit of '77 500 NE Martin Luther King Junior, Portland, OR 97232

Complete with old-school gym accoutrements (including a working scoreboard!), Spirit augments traditional sports bar trappings with indoor bike parking, a line of hoops-shooting games, and a menu sporting old Topps cards and featuring killer mastication-creations like a burger enshrouded in sourdough known as the 'Frisco Melt, also what chicks and a few gym teachers in SF do every time Tim Lincecum shakes out his raven locks. Me-ow!!

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8. Punch Bowl Social 700 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

This grown-up's version of Chuck E. Cheese's has oh so many games... and booze. Lots of booze.

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9. Tugboat Brewing Co. 711 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97205

This place specializes in British-style strong ales, offering a wide selection of microbrews as well as an assortment of international beers and wines. There's live Jazz in the evening and only enough seating for 50, so get there early and grab a pint.

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10. Slingshot Lounge 5532 SE Center St, Portland, OR 97206

Good. Honest. Local. If you live in this area you should probably just stay at this place for casual brews and bites.