Fairbanks Bars & Pubs

A few extraordinary lodges nestled at the end of Denali National Park’s road make for very different experiences than the hotels near the park entrance. These remote, exclusive accommodations offer an unparalleled sense of adventure and tranquility and are accessible only by flying in while the road construction unfolds, with an anticipated reopening in 2025.

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Bars & Pubs

This is where the hip­pies hang. It’s small, lit­tle base­ment bar locat­ed just off col­lege cam­pus. There’s live music almost every night, includ­ing favorite local groups and bands on tour. It’s a typ­i­cal hole, smelling of sweat, patchoulie oil, and cig­a­rette smoke. But it packs them in, and the crowd gets down. There are usu­al­ly a few good beers on tap and a decent bot­tled selec­tion. There’s no food at the bar, but a hot dog shop above the bar.…  ...more

You can buy a hunk of raw ham­burg­er and grill it your­self at this funky, Alaskan hide­out. You can’t beat the atmos­phere at the Gold­en Eagle Saloon. It’s not in Fair­banks, but in the quirky, small Alaskan town of Ester.

Casu­al, fun and hap­pen­ing, this bar and restau­rant inside the Fair­banks Princess Lodge is a great spot with a deck over­look­ing the Chena Riv­er. Open sea­son­al­ly, May — September.

The Food Net­work fea­tured this place in its Din­ers, Dri­ve-ins and Dives” show, most­ly for being a bit of a dive — it’s dark with a big bar and pool table. But it’s always upbeat and hap­pen­ing, and you can count on hav­ing a good time. The food gets mixed reviews: they serve good piz­za, but the steak and seafood can be hit or miss. And skip the sal­ad bar.