Clarion Suites Downtown
1110 West 8th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 222-5005
Fax: (907) 222-5215
Bars & Cafes
Plush carpeting and white linens highlight the elegant ambiance that caters to business travelers. Full breakfast and lunch menus list an expected variety of well-prepared American style dishes and give way to an increasingly pleasing dinner menu in late afternoon. Appetizers of Fried Calamari, Seared ahi tuna, sliced sirloin and others are available. Try entrees of garlic shrimp or large Alaskan scallops with fettuccini. A fine variety of wine is also available.
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, the noise level will not allow it. 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.
You can see the colors of the sky change when you seat yourself at Crow's Nest in Downtown Anchorage. The view is mesmerizing and inspiring enough for you to pop the awaited question. Romantic nights and cozy dates have a perfect venue in this classic wood-paneled restaurant. The menu offers some delectable American and European cuisine that fits in effortlessly in the pursuit for a special evening. The restaurant has a full bar and a mind boggling collection of wines. The service staff is pleasant and in sync with customer's needs.
Opened in 1998, it became Anchorage's "Favorite New Restaurant" in its first year. Breakfast entrees such as the Tofu Scramble ($8.95) and Eggs Benedict ($8.95) are available until 5pm. Lunches include the Greek Pita and the Salmon Cake Hero (both $8.95). Fresh soups and sandwiches are also made daily.
This restaurant offers light French cuisine. Teak paneling, candle light and tabletop-to-ceiling windows add to the romance of panoramic sunset views. From Pan-Seared Ocean Scallops and Brandy Flamed Lobster served with Filet Mignon to range-raised Bison or New Zealand lamb, variety abounds. Indecisive? Try the chef's Tasting Menu and receive five courses plus wine chosen by the wine steward. More than 1,200 labels are available. Dress is formal; the clientele, sophisticated.
Deep mahogany wood and dim lighting accent this mid-sized dance club. 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 such as baked garlic with hot crusty bread or a hot open-faced crab/cheddar sandwich (USD7). Pizza and salads are also available.
This is a tried-and-true eavesdropper's paradise as local secretaries pop in here to vent about their bosses and have lunch with friends. Full breakfasts are available, as are lunch and dinner. Try the perfect Caesar Salad, add blackened chicken for an extra amount. Its foccacia bread Greek Sandwich has many fans. If your appetite is light, or if you are famished and want to add to your full meal, try a portion of its daily soup. No alcohol is served here.
Opened in 1997, this pub took Anchorage by storm. The menu holds a full selection of appetizers from Brewhouse Amber Ale-Battered Halibut (USD10) and calamari (USD9.50) to desserts such as Wood-Oven-Roasted Bread Pudding (USD6.50) or outstanding crème brulee (USD5.25). Entrees vary also, from an Applewood Grilled King Salmon Pinot (USD20), to a Three Peppercorn Spit-Roasted Prime Rib (USD25) accompanied by garlic-mashed potatoes. Drinks are from USD4-7 per glass; wine (by the bottle) from USD21.
Adjacent to the Glacier Brewhouse, this establishment offers two stories charmingly decorated in an elegant lodge-like theme. This 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar holds broad wooden tables, gilded mirrors, dim lighting and an upstairs fireplace. Appetizers served at lunch and dinner include: calamari, smoked salmon, and portabellas on toast points. Entrees include Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Herb Crusted Halibut, or a variety of salmon specials. A nice selection of Italian, French and American wines are available along with a full complement of desserts and dessert drinks.
Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse or Humpy's as it is lovingly called, has plenty of beer, live music and merrymaking. Over forty specialty and micro draught beers can be coupled with some seafood grill, pastas, oysters and burgers. There's a range of events happening all the time from the Pub Quiz to the Oktoberfest tasting.
Filled with things to do, this bar has drawn a crowd since the 50s. 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." With only a jukebox playing in this place, its popularity is a little surprising, but its location makes it a prime stop on a downtown barhopping evening. There is no cover charge and no food service offered.
This is a wildly hopping location most evenings, particularly in summer. A place known for its interesting clientele, many of these patrons seem to spend their every waking moment in this bar, and the result is a warning against alcohol consumption. Nevertheless, this is a fun bar with plenty of young and old people. 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.