Quality Suites Historic Downtown
325 W. 8th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 274-1000
Fax: (907) 274-3016
Bars & Cafes
Hiding in the Anchorage Museum, Muse is a welcome change from it's museum restaurant peers. The ambiance has a modern feel to it with a splash of the color red. The sunlight falls through the glass windows and transforms the mood of the place. Muse is a cafe as well as a restaurant with some refreshing and cheap coffees accompanied by trademark American food to go with. The bar is also stocked up with various varieties of beers and drinks.
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.
Established in the 60s, the same family still operates this local steakhouse. The signature four-inch thick 14-ounce filet mignon, established the "fine steakhouse" reputation. Other entree options include the 16-ounce New York steak, 16-ounce Prime Rib; as well as appetizers like steamer clams and Cajun mushrooms. Desserts like the macadamia nut pie will likely have to be taken home because portions are so large. The best advice, resign yourself and keep ordering. It is worth every penny and bite.
Ginger is a restaurant with an adventurous soul. Located in Downtown Anchorage, Ginger dishes up some mouth watering Pacific Rim cuisine with lots of Asian influences.Ginger is also popular among vegetarians and vegans. The bar is notorious for mixing and inventing original cocktails with surprising twists and can also boast of housing an extensive wine and whiskey list. The ambiance is as trendy and hip as the eclectic mood of the place.
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.
Adjacent to the Glacier Brewhouse, this establishment offers two stories charmingly decorated in an elegant lodge-like theme. This 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar holds broad wooden tables, gilded mirrors, dim lighting and an upstairs fireplace. Appetizers served at lunch and dinner include: calamari, smoked salmon, and portabellas on toast points. Entrees include Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Herb Crusted Halibut, or a variety of salmon specials. A nice selection of Italian, French and American wines are available along with a full complement of desserts and dessert drinks.
Plush carpeting and white linens highlight the elegant ambiance that caters to business travelers. Full breakfast and lunch menus list an expected variety of well-prepared American style dishes and give way to an increasingly pleasing dinner menu in late afternoon. Appetizers of Fried Calamari, Seared ahi tuna, sliced sirloin and others are available. Try entrees of garlic shrimp or large Alaskan scallops with fettuccini. A fine variety of wine is also available.
Opened in 1997, this pub took Anchorage by storm. The menu holds a full selection of appetizers from Brewhouse Amber Ale-Battered Halibut (USD10) and calamari (USD9.50) to desserts such as Wood-Oven-Roasted Bread Pudding (USD6.50) or outstanding crème brulee (USD5.25). Entrees vary also, from an Applewood Grilled King Salmon Pinot (USD20), to a Three Peppercorn Spit-Roasted Prime Rib (USD25) accompanied by garlic-mashed potatoes. Drinks are from USD4-7 per glass; wine (by the bottle) from USD21.
Offering a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, each menu has a different focus. Pigs in Blanket are a delicious breakfast of sausages wrapped inside of pancakes with apples. Biscuits and Homemade Gravy and Omelets are also available. For lunch, try the Reuben. Dinner is a mix from Tournedos Diane, Manicotti with Marinara or Phad Phak Thai Stir Fry. Alaskan choices are available like Alaskan salmon, halibut, steamed clams and smoked salmon mousse. Beer and wine is offered.
This is a wildly hopping location most evenings, particularly in summer. A place known for its interesting clientele, many of these patrons seem to spend their every waking moment in this bar, and the result is a warning against alcohol consumption. Nevertheless, this is a fun bar with plenty of young and old people. Many pop in, intrigued by the regulars and the general theme of the establishment. In 1995, Indigo Girls singer Amy Ray visited this joint and wrote "Cut It Out" after her visit here.
With satellite sports, darts and pool, as well as a DJ playing rock, techno and dance all week long, this is a great spot for friends to meet and cut loose. Weekends see a wilder crowd looking for the pickup scene. You will find plenty of dancing and rowdiness here, keeping the crowds streaming through the teeny walkways between tables, and the bar and dance floor. Add this to your downtown barhopping schedule and you will not be disappointed. There is no food available and no cover charge.
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.