Drinks in Anchorage and the Kenai Pennisula

A selection of great spots to tip one back in Anchorage, Girdwood, Homer, and Seward.

1411 Lake Shore Drive
Homer Brewing Company is no Johnny-Come-Lately to the craft beer craze, as they’ve been crafting brew since 1996. Pop into their tasting room for a flight of beer samples and then decide which you want to take home in a growler. Plenty of merchandise is available, as is their own brewed chai tea mixes (both sweet and more traditional spicy), and local oysters can be pre-ordered as well.
4380 Homer Spit Rd, Homer, AK 99603, USA
If you find yourself in Homer Alaska, a visit to The Salty Dawg Saloon is in order. What I remember of Homer Alaska is fishing boats, cool air off the water, and friendly people. What I liked about the Salty Dawg Saloon was its charming rustic building, a little wooded cabin off a lighthouse. So much of Alaska’s spirit seems reflected in a history built on character, necessities, and natural resources, not on anything superficial or flashy. This Saloons building has real history and tells a story through all its past lives of post office, school house, water tank holder, and more (as can be read on the website). The drinks were the common ones of any American Bar, and the attire just as common being jeans and heavy sweaters mostly. The walls and ceiling are lined with money and notes from all the people that have pasted through over the years. It certainly is a place I would not mind finding myself in again one day.
208 4th Ave
They serve food, but this is pretty much a classic drinking lounge, overstuffed, wheeled pleather chairs included. Step into this fabulous drinkin’ joint and you feel like you’re back in 1973, including an amazing collection of classic/kitschy liquor bottles shaped as states, guns, trucks, you name it.
325 F St
F Street Station is a great watering hole in downtown Anchorage. Order your food direct from the cooks for great sandwiches, soups, chili, and other pub fare. Your drinks are ordered from the wait staff though and a full bar is available. Dessert is served via a fishbowl full of wrapped candies. But don’t eat the cheese on the bar though - that’s for display only (wink).
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