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Long hours of sunlight mean more reason to linger outdoors. Soak in the sights in the land of the midnight sun in one of Anchorage's many outdoor seating options. Choose to climb to a rooftop deck, saunter to a lakefront patio, or something in between.
49th State Brewing Co.
Gaze along the horizon at the iconic "Sleeping Lady," or Mount Susitna, across the inlet in one of her many forms. On a clear day, there is another familiar mountain in the distance. Ask any of the staff which peak it is. "That's Denali," they'll reply. Lounge in the sun while listening to live, local music and sipping refreshing brews, such as a seasonal ale that gets its flavor from hand-harvested Sitka spruce tips. 49th State Brewing is also known for its freshly sourced foods, such as Alaska-raised yak, locally grown produce, and tasty Alaska seafood. With something for everyone and its double decks, 49th State Brewing is popular among visitors and residents alike.
Gather some friends, grab your favorite shades, and head to Williwaw for a good time. The rooftop bar at Williwaw has a low-key party vibe and the playlist is always upbeat. With picnic tables, raw-wood furniture, and concrete firepits, the rooftop at Williwaw invokes all things summer and casual. That theme translates into the menu, where "every day is taco Tuesday." Savor the street-style tacos and street-scene views. Located across from Town Square Park, Williwaw is a great place to watch people living it up under the midnight sun.
Bernie's Bungalow Lounge
Get ready for a funky evening at Bernie's Bungalow. The dragon water fountain, plentiful patio furniture, and potted plants create an urban garden atmosphere. Bernie's caters to an eclectic array of tastes and interests. The possibilities on the patio are endless with live music, a hookah bar, and a wide range of food options and beer on tap. Start the evening soaking up the sun at Bernie's, but stay for the night life. Bernie's seamlessly transitions into one of Anchorage's most popular dance venues.
Relax in a beer garden with the Chugach Mountains peeking above the city skyline. Carefully constructed from shipping containers and lovingly decorated with a quirky mural and a taxidermy brown bear standing guard, AK Alchemist embodies Alaska's distinct character. On select days, you may even find a DJ perched on their rooftop or live music performed onsite. The plentiful reindeer, halibut, and smoked salmon food options are must-tries to round out a truly local experience.
Flying Machine at the Lakefront Hotel
The buzz isn't just the hum of conversation. Nor is it a side effect of what's in the glass. The iconic patio faces Anchorage's bustling seaplane base on Lake Hood. Aircraft taxi and takeoff from the lake, bound for remote lodges, off-the-grid fishing holes, legendary bear viewing spots, and sightseeing circuits of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. The west-facing deck is a prime spot to watch the late evening sun glide slowly toward the horizon, as smooth as any aircraft approach.
Kick back and relax in Anchorage's Turnagain neighborhood. The deck here is great for watching active residents, especially the moose variety. Rustic Goat lives up to its name with the unfinished wood exterior and galvanized steel accents. The two stories of floor-to-ceiling windows offer great views and an airy feel, even if opting to remain indoors. Menu offerings strive for elevated comfort food, such as nachos with all the works, pizza baked in their stone hearth, and bison sliders with fig jam and Cambozola cheese fixings.
King Street Brewing Company
When Anchorage brewery King Street outgrew their original location, they built new, and built big. The brewery's new facility comfortably houses all the tanks, pipes, and kegs needed for production and created a rooftop retreat to appreciate the finished product. The on-site tasting room pours standards and limited release beer. Peer down from on high to scope out which food truck is parked outside for the day.
South Restaurant + Coffeehouse
The polished industrial aesthetic of this patio matches well with the neighbors in south Anchorage. Wave to engineers and passengers as burly gold and blue trains rumble north, returning from a day's adventures along Turnagain Arm and beyond. The bar goes big on specialty gin and tonics, and a coffeehouse and full kitchen mean the restaurant has the right fuel for any engine. For a sweet end, toast your own s'mores at the outdoor firepit; sticks come standard. Don’t forget to head to the trendy shops nearby to gear up for the next adventure.
Watch from the deck as people paddle along Campbell Creek and salmon swim upstream. The creek-side location also provides opportunities for wildlife viewing. Keep an eye out for river otters, beavers, moose, geese, and ducks. With views of Ware Park and the Campbell Creek Trail, Peanut Farm is a great place to immerse yourself in natural greenery while enjoying an ice-cold drink or juicy flame-broiled burger. Their heated deck with expansive windows means this experience is available year-round.