Start your meal off with a roasted garlic head with beer batter bread served with spreadable gorgonzola cheese. Then press through rest of the menu, which features excellent pizzas and fresh salads. Try the Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Pizza, white pizza (Greek style with artichoke hearts, feta and mushrooms) or the Chicken Picante. Drinks feature home brewed root beer for the kids and kid in you, and award winning ales and lagers for the adults.
Opened in 1997, this pub took Anchorage by storm. The menu holds a full selection of appetizers from Brewhouse Amber ale-battered halibut and calamari to desserts such as wood oven-roasted bread pudding or outstanding crème brulee. Entrees vary also, from an applewood grilled King Salmon, to a three peppercorn spit-roasted prime rib accompanied by garlic-mashed potatoes. Of course, don't forget to try the house-brewed beers.
One of the best views of the sunset over Cook Inlet and Mt. Susitna is found behind an outstanding piece of Simon's Key Lime Pie. This restaurant offers a full view of the Alaska Range. As incredible as the food, view and service are, do not look for an especially intimate dinner here, as this is a lively spot filled with locals and visitors alike. With the freshest seafood available, your entree is made to order. Prime rib, steaks and plenty of pasta specials are part of the ever-changing menu.
Established in the 60s, the same family still operates this local steakhouse. The signature four-inch thick, 14-ounce filet mignon established the "fine steakhouse" reputation. Other entree options include the 16-ounce New York steak, 16-ounce Prime Rib; as well as appetizers like steamer clams and Cajun mushrooms. Desserts like the macadamia nut pie will likely have to be taken home because portions are so large. The best advice, resign yourself and keep ordering. It is worth every penny and bite.
Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse, or Humpy's as it is lovingly called, has plenty of beer, live music and merrymaking. Over 40 specialty and micro draft beers can be coupled with some seafood grill, pastas, oysters and burgers. There's a range of events happening all the time at this lively bar, from the Pub Quiz to the Oktoberfest tasting.
This bar's interior is filled with couches and overstuffed chairs. From the bar, it serves up a mean martini to go with its hot DJ tunes. Wearing anything from grunge to suits, young professionals walk through the door prepared to groove and chill. The food served up takes its inspiration from all over the world, with offerings that range from hummus to Phat Thai. The bungalow's large outdoor area is a huge draw during the summer.
Deep mahogany wood and dim lighting accent this cozy hotel bar. Located on the main floor of the Captain Cook Hotel, with a casual yet upscale atmosphere, the bar is appealing to many kinds of people. It has a full cocktail bar and Alaskan microbrews on tap, as well as an appetizer menu that offers light snacks. Whales Tail also has Alaska's only automated self-serve wine system with over 30 wines available.
This is a wildly hopping location most evenings, particularly in summer. A place known for its interesting clientele, many of these patrons have been coming to this bar for years. Clearly, this is a fun bar with plenty of people of all (drinking) ages. Many pop in, intrigued by the regulars and the general theme of the establishment. In 1995, Indigo Girls singer Amy Ray visited this joint and wrote "Cut It Out" after her visit here.
Filled with things to do, this bar has drawn a crowd since the 1950s. Dark and smoky (usually), it has shuffleboard, pool table and dartboards with a new, younger crowd rushing the door on weekends. The flocking clientele seems to agree with the motto of "almost perfect bartenders." The bar's location makes it a prime stop on a downtown barhopping evening. There is no cover charge and no food service offered.
With satellite sports, darts and pool, as well as a DJ playing rock, techno and dance all week long, this is a great spot for friends to meet and cut loose. Weekends see a wilder crowd looking for the pickup scene. You will find plenty of dancing and rowdiness here, keeping the crowds streaming through the teeny walkways between tables, and the bar and dance floor. Add this to your downtown barhopping schedule and you will not be disappointed. There is no food available and no cover charge.