The best way to celebrate a long day hiking the Anchorage trails or a long night camping near Anchorage is with a beer! Anchorage is well known for its bars – bars here are unique, and many are worth an extended road trip to explore. There are some cocktail bars that are rowdy and rocking, some that are housed in old bordellos, and still others that serve their drinks in ice-filled glasses! A generous selection of cocktails, Alaskan beers, and international wines are served in these bars. Take a drink at these best Anchorage bars, and you’ll find plenty to toast to!


Darwin’s Theory

Website | (907) 277-5322 | 426 G St Anchorage, AK 99501

Darwin’s Theory is one of Anchorage’s most popular downtown bars, often noted as a favorite tourist trap, and offers a wide range of entertainment options for tourists and locals alike. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, this unique and quirky tavern offers its guests an unusual but highly desirable menu of beer, bar bites, cocktails, and even popcorn. 

There is an old-school feel and a homey atmosphere about them. In both the back and front of the bar, there’s almost always a colorful cast of characters. The small U-shape of it is prime for conversations and jokes (and even some sports banter and jabs back and forth!) In addition to local beers, they offer a full bar. Check their Cabernet Sauvignon, Clos Du Bois, Pinot Grigio, Estancia, Pinot Noir, Wild Horse, and Korbell. If you are visiting Anchorage, this is the bar you need to check out. 


The Gaslight Bar

Website | (907) 277-0722 | 721 W 4th Ave Anchorage, AK 99501

A decent bar catering to young people – in downtown Anchorage, The Gaslight Bar is a place where people gather to enjoy comfort, coziness, a good atmosphere, great service, and even better drinks. While the atmosphere is appreciated for its comfort and coziness, largely due to the dark lighting and spacious couches, they also know how to turn up the energy for a memorable night out. 

Among the bar’s attractions is a mechanical bull you can ride for free. The only thing you have to do is sign a waiver. The mechanical bull area is surrounded by seating and has a bar on the side and in the back. Take your pick from a selection of forgotten spirits and cocktails crafted with the best ingredients, and strap in for an incredible Alaskan night!


Pioneer Bar

Website | (907) 276-7996 | 739 W 4th Ave Anchorage, AK 99501

 If you are visiting Anchorage, Pioneer Bar is definitely a top local recommendation, as it is consistently ranked as Anchorage’s best bar. The bartenders here are just friendly enough to make you feel at home without feeling obligated to strike up a conversation. The relaxed atmosphere of Pioneer Bar seems to be perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a long day.

There is free food available too. In the back, there are pool tables and dart boards, and some decent music is played there. The drinks they serve are reasonably priced, and they have an extremely well-stocked bottle selection. Pioneer Bar is not extra fancy, not so exceptional… it’s just a great place to chat with friends over a cold beer! 


49th State Brewing

Website | (907) 277-7727 | 717 West 3rd Ave Anchorage, AK 99514

The 49th State Brewing is the perfect place for those looking for beer and pub food in Anchorage, AK. In addition to serving up its very own home brews and creative bar bites, this brewpub is frequently recognized as one of Anchorage’s best bars. 

With an award-winning Alaskan Brewing Company, this 49th State Brewing Co brewpub isn’t your typical hole-in-the-wall. Relax in one of the huge armchairs arranged along an even longer bar. On the beer menu, you will find mostly classics, including a pitch-perfect American IPA, Solstice IPA, Nitro McCarth, and Smoke IPA. Enjoy the Alaskan views while enjoying the mouth’s pleasure.