This downtown Anchorage lounge originally started as an Arctic-themed ice bar—hence the name—but it has morphed into a warm but urbane haven for local executive types and lovers of well-crafted cocktails and food.

Creative Cocktails

With a prime location on F Street, near City Hall, SubZero was launched in 2004 by the same team that owns beloved local bar Humpy’s. But where Humpy’s has an island-loving sports-watching vibe, SubZero has cultivated a more urbane ambience. For starters there are the cocktails: innovative scratch cocktails, from artfully made martinis to other concoctions made with fresh fruit and house-made purees. One cheeky, signature drink is the Trashy Classy, with mix of liqueurs and a splash of champagne.

From Belgian Ales to Guinness Cake

The beer menu is a bit more serious, with the best selection of Belgian ales in the city and an impressive list of European brews, as well as an extensive wine list. The bistro menu also deftly walks the line between comfort food and foodie flair. The menu includes a wide range of bistro-style classics, in small, ¾- or full-sized plates (and often good for sharing). You’ll find crab cake or Kobe steak sliders on Hawaiian rolls, ultra-thin-crust pizzas, Belgian mussels or filet mignon.

Haven for Culture Vultures

SubZero also serves up a quirky mix of culture. It participates in Anchorage’s First Friday art walks, showcasing a local artist each month, while also offering music nights, ranging from blues, disco parties or quirky-cool acoustic acts (like Ukelele Russ). Some evenings also have fun themes (like board game nights) while Thursday ladies’ nights might also feature manicures while you sip.