Part restaurant, music venue, coffeehouse and rooftop bar with sweeping views of the city, this new downtown, multi-use complex gives you both a literal and figurative taste of life in Anchorage.
Part of a Classic Anchorage Family
Operated by the same folks known for the legendary Anchorage bar Humpy’s—along with Flattop Pizza + Pool and bar-bistro Sub Zero—Williwaw follows one path set by its predecessors, focusing on classic menu items with creative and local twists.
But Williwaw sets itself apart in a few big ways, too: for one thing, it is the only multi-use-style venue found in Anchorage—a coffeehouse-eatery-live-music space is more like something you'd see in San Francisco, Seattle or Portland. Part of Williwaw’s complex includes a branch of local coffee roaster SteamDot Coffee, and there’s even a discreetly tucked-away speakeasy on the premises.
Foodie Finds, Alaska-Style
And the menu charts its own path, too. There is no deep fryer at Williwaw, which changes (and makes healthier) the definition of comfort or bar food. The focus, then, is on local ingredients and purveyors, and an overall all-natural and organic theme.
Try, for instance, the Margherita salad (fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil over baby spinach), or the roasted pork sandwich with melted provolone and broccoli rabe. The menu has a lot of design-your own options, too, like customized grilled cheese sandwiches (bacon, anyone?), smoothies (from blackberries and blueberries to kale, organic peanut butter or raw cacao) and wok bowls (with options like Thai steak, butterflied shrimp, and savory plum or garlic-lemongrass sauces).
Williwaw is also making a big impact on downtown’s food scene with its epic brunch, featuring specialties like huevos rancheros, hash & eggs and a build-your-own mimosa bar with a variety of juices beyond the norm of OJ.
Music, Cocktails and a Glittering View
Williwaw also hosts live music—bringing in nationally touring acts that encompass anything from country-hip-hop to ska-punk but also hosting special events with local Alaskan bands. The bar offers a good selection of Alaskan beers and whimsical cocktails, such as the in-house infused 6th Avenue Sling, with house-infused chamomile vodka, grapefruit, lemon, and Peychaud’s bitters.
And when the weather gets nice, you can enjoy a cocktail on The Roof at Williwaw—a rooftop patio that has big views of the city and fire pits, which will make you feel like one of the city’s savviest locals.