Tequila 61 offers a unique fusion of traditional Mexican flavors and classic Alaskan ingredients, weaving them into creative dishes—as well as handcrafted cocktails—that have helped redefine the modern Alaskan dining experience. The name perfectly reflects this dual heritage; a latin fusion gastropub with an address in Anchorage (which sits at a latitude of 61 degrees).
This delicious mashup is most apparent in the cuisine; it combines authentic ingredients from old-world Mexico with fresh Alaskan foods and spins both into a fresh, modern take that’s thoroughly inventive. Dig into dishes like blackened salmon tacos with cilantro. Or sample signature dishes: the jicama shrimp includes coconut shrimp tacos served on a “tortilla” made of thinly sliced jicama; and the fajita molcajete features a filet mignon and tiger prawns served in a volcanic stone bowl from Mexico that keeps cooking at your table.
The menu also offers more classic Mexican fare, like queso fundido, tortilla soup, and chicken enchiladas, all made with the same fresh ingredients. And the same care is given to desserts, which range from Mexican brulee and a chocolate flourless cake to a or sweet/savory cornbread with ice cream and candied walnuts.
Tequila 61’s drinks are as inventive as the cuisine, and just as fresh, incorporating the gallons of lime juice that are squeezed every day. Try the Avispa, a gin-based drink with lime and jalapeno-infused syrup; the Paloma Morada, a tequila cocktail with beet-mint syrup and grapefruit soda; or the Mezerac, a mezcal mix garnished with grasshopper salt. Even the classics here are given a lively twist, like the smoked Manhattan made with a flame. Garnishes bring you back to the 49th state; you may see Alaskan berries, herbs or edible flowers. You can also sample what is likely Alaska’s best selection of tequila/mescal. And of course, wine and Alaskan craft beer are also available.
Tequila 61’s unique cultural blend extends to the décor—an inviting ambiance that’s both modern and rustic. Each table was handmade, and pallet walls re-use wood from the Port of Anchorage (as does the bar). Mexican-inspired artwork dots the interior. In summer, you can opt for patio seating and take in the bustle of downtown Anchorage.
Drop by for $8 happy hour every Monday through Friday, from 4–6pm. And if you’re dining on Tuesday, a half-price taco promotion is the perfect opportunity to sample all seven varieties, which include carne asada, blackened salmon, whitefish, and jicama coconut shrimp tacos.
Thursday evenings add a musical ambiance to the already-warm décor. Check them out on social media for the latest lineup!