Anchorage’s nightlife comes in many forms: old log cabin taverns with clientele and drink selections that seemingly haven’t changed since the pioneer days; multipurpose melting pots with equal parts food, drink and people-watching; quiet nooks perfect for reading a book, catching up on email or simply relaxing; brawny sports bars where you can cheer on your teams while you’re far from home; and DJ-reigning nightclubs with bumping bass and beautiful people.
The constants of the Anchorage nightlife scene are the hundreds of local and statewide microbrews crafted by ambitious and adventurous beer geeks and served by a brainy bunch of barkeeps who know their pours. You can tour the state without leaving your barstool.
If beer isn’t your go-to beverage, Anchorage’s modern mixologists serve up sweet, spicy, salty and sparkling delights, from merlots to martinis, margaritas to mojitos. And most places serve drinks with sides of live music and late-night dining menus.
The ultimate Anchorage nightlife experiences happen when Anchorage’s nights are bright – summer. On extended sunny evenings, hunt down the nearest deck where seats are prime real estate for sipping up suds and soaking up rays.
But the sun doesn’t set on the fun when winter arrives and the nightlife moves indoors. There are few luxuries more enjoyable after a day playing in the snow than warming up next to an Anchorage fireplace, a friend and a tasty beverage.
No matter where you go or what you do when you’re out and about, always enjoy local nightlife responsibly. If you need a ride, have the staff call you one of Anchorage’s many helpful taxi cab services.