Clarion Suites Downtown
1110 West 8th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 222-5005
Fax: (907) 222-5215
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.
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.
Massive bottles of Veuve Clicquot (gold label) grace the long wooden tables placed as dividers within this large, one-room dining room. Hand-cut steaks and an extensive wine list draw a crowd every night. Appetizers of Baked Clams Casino, oysters on the half shell, and Sullivan's crab cakes are excellent starts to a terrific meal. Nine optional side dishes complement the entrees, which include salmon steaks and grilled tuna, lamb rib chops and filet mignon. Live bands play in the bar on weekends.
Filled to capacity with teenagers 17 and older, this no-alcohol club is a jammin' joint. Typical Saturday evenings find 100 or more teens in line outside waiting to be let inside. The owner concentrates on keeping this dance club safe but fun and provides extra club security on hand to ensure that. Policies against leaving and returning help keep teens safe; frequent set changes and special event party nights keep things interesting. The teenagers eat it up and line up here, night after night.
Since opening in 1970, this bar has grown in size and notoriety. With sawdust floors, three stages, three dance floors, eight bars and tree stump bar stools, it has hosted: the Romantics, Megadeth, Aerosmith, Journey, Bad Company, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ratt, Blues Traveler and the Steve Miller Band. This bar has been discussed by David Letterman, used as a backdrop for the MTV Street Party show, noted on ESPN and highlighted on the Johnny Carson Show. Onsite Sal's New York Grill offers reasonably priced bar fare. The doors open at 10:30a daily.
Simple and crisp, this cafe is akin to traveling to Seattle - without leaving Alaska. Small, with 20 wooden tables and filled with plants and interesting artwork, this has become a regular meeting place for several organized groups in Anchorage. It is the only fully organic restaurant in town. Hearty Belgian waffles are served on Saturday mornings and power smoothies are available as well. There is one meat item offered, a range-fed turkey sandwich . For dessert, try their refreshing homemade sorbet. Fresh juices, organic beer and wines are available.
This is a consistently pleasing midtown steakhouse. Lunch offerings include Fish and Chips, Grilled Chicken Teriyaki, a variety of burgers and deli sandwiches. Dinners include Grilled Prawns, Crab Stuffed Halibut, Baby Back Ribs & Top Sirloin, Cajun T-Bone, London Broil and a Full Rack Baby Back Pork Ribs. This restaurant covers all of a meat lover's needs. Beer, both domestic and microbrews are available, as well as wine from several vineyards and reasonably priced.
This is a feel-good, hang-loose joint whose staff has plenty of sass. Sports teams frequent this spot after games. For pizza and Italian food lovers looking for a meal dripping with sauces and taste, this is your spot. Select from Strombolis, Veal Spaghetti and a diverse, fresh salad bar. Pizzas can be prepared Greek style with extra-large sizes (17") ranging from. Beer choices include Alaskan Amber and Alaskan Pale Ale as well as Budweiser and Coors.
If the coffee does not wake you up, the decor will. Two stories of colorful fun, the downstairs is painted blue and yellow and the upstairs is a mix of primary colors, all topped by changing art displays. Here, regulars and tourists meet, searching for their morning buzz. Its baked goods come from the local French Oven and include Bagels, Scones , and biscottis. A full service espresso and coffee counter offers lattes and house coffee.
This bar's small, dark interior is filled with couches and overstuffed chairs. From its one oval bar, it serves up a mean martini with its hot DJ tunes. In the center is a small dance floor that is almost always packed. Wearing anything from grunge to suits, young professionals walk through the door prepared to groove and chill. Menu items include BLTs, Turkey Clubs, hamburgers, pizza and spinach and house salads available during all open hours. The full bar includes several local microbrews on tap.