Alaska Bars & Pubs
Bars & Pubs
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.
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
Handmade pastas and delicious pizzas are just the beginning of Flattop’s unique menu, which is full of inventive options. Set in the heart of Downtown Anchorage, the restaurant brings together high-end cuisine and an extensive wine list and serves it in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.
Tent City Taphouse is an authentic Alaskan gastropub located in the heart of Anchorage. Discover delicious, locally sourced cuisine and a wide variety of Alaskan beers on tap. Experience the unique blend of Alaskan history and modern décor while enjoying a meal with friends and family. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn about Anchorage’s Tent City history and enjoy brunch with a flight of mimosas in four flavors.
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.
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.
Enjoy a wide variety of Alaskan beers on tap, as well as delicious dishes baked in a huge stone oven at this family-friendly restaurant in south Anchorage. Open for lunch and dinner, Firetap Alehouse has a bright, inviting atmosphere, with 6‑seater booths as well as tables that can be pushed together for large groups. During the warmer months, you can also dine out on the deck and take in the view of snow-capped mountains.
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.
The Chart Room Restaurant has been a fixture at the end of the famous Homer Spit since 1958. Today, this full-service eatery and lounge features delicious cuisine made with local ingredients, and all with an Alaskan twist. But the food isn’t the only star here: You’ll also find a unique nautical décor and a jaw-dropping view. Big picture windows reveal a stunning landscape out over the shimmering waters of Kachemak Bay and the snow-capped ...more
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).
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
The only pizza option at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge — and arguably the best pizza in the area — this log-cabin restaurant serves pizzas piled with toppings and a tangy marinara sauce on a crisp, medium-thick crust.
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
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
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
Campground, RV Park, and Cabin Rentals. On-site restaurant, gift store, historic gold dredge and museum, gold mine tours, recreational mining and gold panning.
When you want to meet real Alaskans of every flavor, the Arctic Bar is your best bet.
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.
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
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.
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.
Rafter’s, in the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, is a laid-back bar with a deck overlooking the Kenai River that serves delicious drinks.
Serving up a great bar menu, like burgers and taco salad, 7 nights a week.
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.