Alaska Bars & Pubs
Bars & Pubs
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.
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).
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 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
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
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.