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must not sleep

The construction isn't quite finished, but we're once again open until the wee hours of every morning. You're welcome.

put it in your mouth

VegPortland featured our kitchen in March.

8 bits wide

Our myspace has 28-1 friends. heh.

webcam, biatch

the webcam broke.


Yes, even we've succumbed to the shambling horror of MySpace. Between the OC and this recent acquisition, Rupert Murdoch's plan for indie rock gets more and more Bond Villain-esque.
Anyway, add us if you haven't been driven to gouge out your eyes by some 14 year old girl's animated background image.

CS Sundays

Special rates for competitive (CAL, CEVO, and an emphasis on prospective NEL) CS players. Check this post for more info.

Bring in a New Member

and you both get a free day pass. Think about it.



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Sat-Sun 10am-2am

Come see us at NW 5th and Couch, or give us a call at 503.248.2900.

Backspace is the entertainment mecca of Portland, Oregon. Visit & discover a techno-playground; a modern arcade for the modern gamer featuring top of the line networked systems on a fat internet pipe. In our 4000 sq ft. space, you will find a cafe–gallery featuring up & coming local artists, lowered ceilings, and brick walls. To keep the fire burning hot, we offer Stumptown Coffee freedom-pressed to fuel your soul, and a full menu of vegetarian food to fuel your body.

Did we mention we're the after-hours spot downtown? We're up late every night, just like you are.

We have free wireless internet access, yet another Personal Telco access point.

Post comments and get the latest news in the Backspace Forums or find us on IRC at #backspace (


Favorite Servers



§ Magik Markers

Magik Markers
Little Claw

9pm, Thursday October 11th. $6, free for Backspace members.

§ Pictures from Saturday's Show

Underground Railroad To Candyland

§ First Thursday with Moose Knuckle

§ Thursday! Ed Mudshi (Marseille!), Ethiopian Children, Moral Panic

punk rock from two continents.

§ Team Fortress 2

They're calling it a beta but it feels better polished than other class based shooters that have been out and patched for years (you know who you are, Battlefield 2). I can't tell you how much fun it is, you should just check it out on our new boxes.
Lillyyss, Adian Orange, Glacier Park, Mr Frederick

Sunday, July 29th. 8pm
$3-$5. Free for Backspace members.
All-ages. Bar with ID.