Your kids may scoff at your stories of dominating Donkey Kong now, but little do they know that while they’ve been busy building their alternate universes in Minecraft, a quarter arcade opened on SE Hawthorne. That’s right–you’re on the brink of a big gaming comeback.Jam-packed with pinball machines and games with names that will take you back to the good ol’ days, Quarterworld is giving Portland parents an opportunity to show their young gamers how totally cool they are. This retro arcade is bound to please the whole family with games that will keep players smashing buttons, tossing balls, and moving to music—and we are here to give you an insider’s view.
Photo: Annette Benedetti
Open Tues. – Sun., Quarterworld charges a small cover for access to its treasure trove of games, but the $3/person fee is a price you won’t regret. Once inside the doors you have access to an endless number of quarter slot games, pinball machines and even Skee Ball. From Ghostbusters and Pac-Man to Super Mario Brothers and Punch-Out, the names and themes will bring you back while turning game night into a retro-cool family affair.
Insider tip: Head to Quarterworld before 6 p.m. and pay a $1/person cover charge.
The Game Rooms
Just inside Quarterworld’s doors lies a long hallway that’s home to a handful of games including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Star Wars Trilogy. The main game room is well lit and welcomes all-ages. It has a food and drink bar, eating area—and is packed with every arcade entertainment option that both little and full-grown kids could dream of.
If food, drinks and some old-school pinball action sound like a dream date night, Quarterwold has and adult-only lounge where moms and dads can enjoy colorful cocktails, good music and don’t have to fight the young’uns for their favorite games.
Photo: Annette Benedetti
After you’ve worked up an appetite with a few rounds of Dance Dance Revolution, head over to the food and drink bar where you can enjoy a wide variety of dishes.
The Quarterworld menu has it all and offers a little something for everyone. An array of Banh Mi sandwiches and Bao buns will satisfy the extra hungry while the retro-appetites are sure to enjoy pizza by the slice, cotton candy and popcorn. Order between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. for happy hour pricing.
Insider tip: Word is that the fried peanut butter & jelly sandwich is delish.
Tessie the Tesla Coil
For a spark-tacular light and music show check out Tessie, Quarterworld’s musical Tesla Coil. The show consists of electric bolts that create music, and it gets loud. Ear protection is available at the admission booth and bars. Tessie show times are Tues. at 4 p.m. & 9 p.m. and every Sun. at 4 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Word on the boulevard is that Quarterword will be scheduling a variety of events that will include activities like kid karaoke, puppet shows (for both kids and adults), and mini-workshops where kids can learn how games work. Keep an eye on the Quarterworld website and Facebook page for details.
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 3 p.m.–1 a.m.; Sat., noon – 1 a.m.; Sun. noon – 11 p.m.
All ages until 8 p.m.
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
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— Annette Benedetti