8-Bit Arcade Bar first opened on November 22, 2013. We hit it on Friday night. There was a good crowd, though the photos below don’t show it. Here’s what you see when you open the front door:
Defender and Zaxxon on the right. BurgerTime on the immediate left. That’s Princess Peach on the door of the ladies room. The next picture shows maybe 1/2 (or less) of the pinball machines:
They had a few very old games I’d never seen before. Pictured is Sea Devil. It’s a pre-video game really (1969-1970). You look through the periscope and use eight torpedos to try to sink as much tonnage of ships as possible. Here’s a YouTube link to somebody playing it.
There’s a nice selection of cocktail games too, including Q-bert, Joust, and Asteroids. Six cocktail tables in total.
There are four beers on tap and some of the usual suspects available in cans. The tap beer was $5. They also offer small pizzas that are on the spendy side.
The games all cost a quarter. We played Moon Patrol, Tempest, Q-bert, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Galaga, Galaxian, Xevious (which was super hard), Dig-Dug, and a few others. If you’ve seen it in an old-school arcade then it’s probably at 8-Bit. The proprieter said that they’re working to add popular games to the mix — the grand opening was delayed, and it cost them dibs on a few machines. Right now there are maybe 50 video games and 25 pinball machines. It’s a good collection as it is.
So: They have beer, the difficulty levels on the games are reasonable overall, there’s a good selection, and the games are in good condition as a group. And, to repeat, everything is 25 cents!
In Portland and wondering what to do? All three of these places are near the train station and within walking distance of each other.
Ground Kontrol: It’s an awesome arcade, straight out of the 80’s. The games are a who’s who and what’s what of old-school arcade staples. See this link for pics and info (they have tons of pinball too.) The grand re-opening was on Febuary 17. Hard liquor and food are now available!
1943 (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet)
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy
Soul Calibur II
Alien Vs. Predator
Golden Tee ’99
Splat! <- NEW!
Area 51 (in “Area 51/Maximum Force” cabinet)
Stargate <- NEW!
Area 51: Site 4
House Of The Dead
Star Wars (Atari, 1983)
Arkanoid (in “Multicade” cabinet)
Joust (also in “Multi-Williams” cabinet)
Street Fighter III: Third Strike
Mappy (in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja (in “Street Justice” cabinet)
Strikers 1945 (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet)
Battle Garegga (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet)
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2
Maximum Force (in “Area 51/Maximum Force” cabinet)
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo
Big Buck Hunter
Millipede (in “Multicade” cabinet)
Street Fighter III: Third Strike
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Moon Patrol <- NEW!
Tekken Tag Tournament
Bubbles <- NEW!
Mortal Kombat II
Bust-A-Move Again (Tetris Multi-Game #2)
Mr. Driller 2 (in downstairs “Tetris Multi-Game” cabinet)
Centipede (also in “Multicade” cabinet)
Ms. Pac-Man (fast)
Track ‘n’ Field
Cruis’n Exotica x 2
NFL Blitz ’99
Crystal Castles (in “Multicade” cabinet)
Ninja Gaiden (in “Street Justice” cabinet)
Two Crude (in “Street Justice” cabinet)
Dance Dance Revolution Extreme
Pac-Man (fast) (also in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Defender <- NEW!
Virtua Cop 2
Dig Dug (also in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
World Class Bowling Deluxe
Discs of TRON
X-Men (6 Players)
Xevious (in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Rally-X (in “Namco Classics” cabinet)
Rampage World Tour
Dragon Blaze (in “Trigger Zone” cabinet)
Robotron: 2084 (also in “Williams Multi-Game” cabinet)
Final Fight (in “Street Justice” cabinet)
San Francisco Rush: 2049
Sinistar <- NEW!
House of Louie: Just a few blocks from Ground Kontrol, House of Louie serves excellent Dim Sum at reasonable prices.
Deschutes Brewery: Ok food. Good service. Great beer.