Talkeetna Dining & Nightlife
Dining and Nightlife
Named for the elevation of nearby Denali, this casual restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner across from the Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge. The restaurant was designed to feed lodge guests, and most enjoy at least one meal inside this large, standalone structure of steel and wood. The food is vintage Princess, including fresh seafood and pub fare with house-made sauces and fresh sides.
Coffee and ice cream made with milk from Alaska cows; that’s why to come to this caf? with picnic tables. Then there’s the scenery: ring side seats to Main Street. Turning the ice cream is a 1927 John engine, an experience that will take you back to your childhood (at least, if you were raised in the Midest). The shop is always making new flavors, but the most popular ones are vanilla, blueberry, and chocolate.
History, fun, and massive portions of food come together at this institution, which was built over 3 years starting in 1914. Aside from stopping by for a bite to eat, you can book accommodations at the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Choose from a variety of cozy rooms in the main roadhouse and wake up the smell of fresh baked goods from the Kitchen in the morning. Or, for a more private experience, book one of the cabins out back or the Museum Apartment ...more
Opened in 1923 to accommodate travelers on the new Alaska Railroad, the small inn found fame (or notoriety) quickly: President Warren G. Harding came for lunch, and died just a few days later. Today, the hotel is comprised of six recently renovated rooms as well as a bar and live music venue. You’ll hear everything from jazz and folk to open mic nights and serious rock-n-roll. At the very least, do a walk-through to enjoy some local color and… ...more
With Alaskan beers on tap, 50 bottles of wine, and a full bar (including spirits from the Alaska Distillery), the Base Camp Bar, is a great place to grab a drink before having dinner in the adjacent North Fork Restaurant. Try a margarita made with wild Alaska blueberry vodka, a perfect drink for a sunny afternoon on the big deck, which features great views of the Alaska Range. You can order appetizers, or select from the lunch and dinner menus ...more
It’s hard to miss this pizza shop — it’s painted purple on the outside, with a bright-colored abstract paint job inside. But make no mistake: the focus for owner Todd Basilone, an Italian who’s family has been in the restaurant business for multiple generations, is on the pizza. The crust isn’t too thin or too thick, and the sauce has a nice spice. And if you like buffalo wings, you’ll love the buffalo pizza. You have other options as well, like… ...more
A brewpub with a climbing wall? Only in Talkeetna. The walls are covered with handwritten signatures, sayings, and boo-yah’s of climbing teams and anyone else who cares to put pen to wall. You’ll also find climbing pictures, news pieces, mementos current and historical, and TVs (it’s the best place in town to watch sports on the tube). The food is just as fun — the restaurant was featured in “Man vs. Food,” showcasing its obscenely fatty… ...more
Pub: Great beer, an energetic atmosphere, and a fun outdoor deck are the highlights of this microbrewery. It’s just a couple years old, but already the great- tasting beer — with fun names like Cleopatra’s Kiss, Old Mad Dog, Hibernale, and Single Engine Red — is being served throughout the state. Look for the owners, Bo and Sasson: Bo is the brewmeister while Sasson was a climbing guide and professional contractor who turned this former gas… ...more