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Bars & Pubs

Season: Apr 28 to Sep 23

How unique is the 49th State? For starters, it’s the only brew­pub restau­rant here that serves Alaskan yak, in the form of a yak burg­er. Or tuck into the buf­fa­lo meat­loaf, a spe­cial­ty. Don’t miss the house­made Bavar­i­an pret­zel. And Fri­days bring a spe­cial treat — a pig roast, with a pig from a local farm, roast­ed in ale and smoked over alder wood

Humpy’s at the air­port has a selec­tion of 20 beers on tap with most brewed in Fair­banks, Anchor­age, Juneau and the Kenai. In addi­tion to the beers, they serve good pub food: nachos, hum­mus plates, burg­ers, soups and sal­ads. And of course, they have Alas­ka seafood: hal­ibut, salmon and fish tacos. 

Craft beer, local­ly sourced food, and a ter­rif­ic loca­tion in the heart of down­town Anchor­age all add up to a can’t‑miss expe­ri­ence. Dine inside the two-sto­ry restau­rant, or step upstairs to the rooftop deck for mag­nif­i­cent views of the Alas­ka Range and Cook Inlet.

At this hip, invit­ing wine bistro, you can choose from 40 wines by the glass with your lunch or din­ner. Sit and enjoy a glass, or share a bot­tle among friends. 

Thurs­day evenings are open mic night in McCarthy. It’s a great chance to rub elbows with some locals and fel­low trav­el­ers and get a taste for the neigh­bor­hood. All are wel­come! Bring your gui­tar, har­mon­i­ca, and voice – or just your eyes and ears. Occa­sion­al­ly on Fri­days and Sat­ur­days there’s a band play­ing after 8:30 p.m. Be on the look­out for spe­cial events that are free and open to the public.

This cav­ernous, slight­ly run­down bar at the base of the moun­tain is a great spot for après-ski. You’ll find an exten­sive selec­tion of tap beers and good whiskeys, along with large por­tions of tra­di­tion­al bar food like burg­ers and piz­za. And as with any après-ski venue, it can be loud and wild, even on weeknights. 

Burg­ers, hand-cut fries, and home­made piz­za are pop­u­lar items here, along with Alaskan beer on tap. Pass some time in the game room (offer­ing pool and shuf­fle­board) or by check­ing out inter­est­ing pho­tos (folks who’ve caught large King salmon, old-time trolling ves­sels, wildlife and more). 

Serv­ing up a great bar menu, like burg­ers and taco sal­ad, 7 nights a week. 

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.

Alyeska’s Sitz­mark Bar and Grill offers alpin­ers the best of both worlds – day­time refu­el­ing between ski runs, and a fes­tive night­time hang­out with live music, open mic, triv­ia and movie nights. (The sum­mer sea­son has sim­i­lar offer­ings – just think après hike” or après bike” instead of après ski.”)

For $5 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. Local’s love the saloon, not only as a place to gath­er and escape the iso­la­tion of rur­al Alas­ka, but also for it’s selec­tion of bot­tled beers, a big pool table and the dog friend­ly own­ers (you’re in mush­ing country).…  ...more

This Juneau insti­tu­tion comes with a great view: sit and eat or drink while watch­ing float planes come and go. You’ll find good pub food, served in big por­tions (the nachos can serve two). The pop­u­lar­i­ty of this place means it gets crowd­ed, but it’s a fun spot with billiards.

This bar was found­ed in 1994 by a few locals who felt that Anchor­age need­ed a real­ly good bar for craft beers. Clear­ly, they were right — both locals and tourists made this place a near-instant institution. 

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

It’s hard to believe that one of Anchorage’s best wine bars used to be a sand­wich shop. Com­plete­ly revamped in the fall of 2011, this new hot spot in the Hotel Cap­tain Cook has Alaska’s only on-tap wine machine. Choose from 32 wines, select­ed by the hotel’s som­me­li­er, for a 2‑ounce sam­pler or a 4‑ounce pour. The bar also has a lim­it­ed menu, includ­ing Amer­i­can-style tapas, sal­ads, and desserts. Sip your wine at the mar­ble-topped bar,…  ...more

Open since the late 1800’s, the B&B Bar dis­plays the state’s old­est liquor license. You can find plen­ty of cold beer and local col­or here. 

Open since the late 1800’s, the B&B Bar dis­plays the state’s old­est liquor license. You can find plen­ty of cold beer and local col­or here.

This fun, cool restau­rant serves up good piz­za and sand­wich­es, includ­ing a meat­ball sub that’s known through­out the Kenai Penin­su­la. Get a fill­ing, afford­able deal with the soup and sand­wich com­bos, order up a steak, and don’t miss the big, deli­cious desserts. Fat Olive’s is super pop­u­lar (make reser­va­tions) and can get loud, but the atmos­phere is great — funky, mod­ern archi­tec­ture, local art on the walls, piz­za dough thrown in an open kitchen.…  ...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

When you want to meet real Alaskans of every fla­vor, the Arc­tic Bar is your best bet.

The Salty Dawg Saloon was orig­i­nal­ly one of the first cab­ins built here in 1897, just after the town was estab­lished. Today, a vis­it to the his­toric Salty Dawg Saloon on the spit will enhance your vis­it and put you in touch with many locals. Much more than a saloon, the Dawg has reg­u­lar music per­for­mances and also serves light food.

Close to the hock­ey rink, it’s a pop­u­lar spot for locals after win­ter league games for a qual­i­ty meal. Their spe­cial­ty is piz­za (thin crust, good top­pings), but they also do good sal­ads and have a nice selec­tion of local beers on tap. Most of the food is scratch-made, using qual­i­ty ingre­di­ents. They also do dessert piz­zas, which are quite good — think apple pie on a crust. The restau­rant itself is bright, with big win­dows, and it’s been…  ...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

Big-screen tele­vi­sions for the game. It’s fun and loud when it’s busy and serves up stan­dard pub food. If you’re look­ing for a sports bar, this is the only one. If you’re look­ing for food along­side the game, get a burg­er. The menu is aver­age and can be hit or miss, but the burg­ers are con­sis­tent­ly big and juicy, and can be ordered with buf­fa­lo, elk or caribou.

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