15 Best Bars in Juneau, the Inside Passage, and Southeast Alaska, Alaska

Alaskan Brewing Company

The company's tasty, award-winning beers—including Alaskan Amber, Icy Bay IPA, White, and Freeride Pale Ale—are brewed and bottled in Juneau. This is no designer brewery—it's in Juneau's industrial area, and there is no upscale café-bar attached—but the gift shop sells T-shirts and beer paraphernalia. You can also visit the brewery's Downtown Depot, on Franklin Street; though you can't sample the beer there, you can find out more about the brewing process and purchase Alaskan Brewing Company gear. From the Depot you can also take a shuttle to the brewery; $25 includes round-trip shuttle, brewery tour, and six beer samples. Shuttles run hourly in the summer.

Alaskan Hotel Bar

A sign frequently placed outside this historic bar reads: "Have an Alaskan with an Alaskan at the Alaskan," referring to the locally made beer, the clientele, and the bar itself. And it's true that this triple convergence can be found here any night of the week—the bar always has at least one type of Alaskan Brewing Company beer on tap, and the crowd is primarily local, even in summer. On the ground floor of the Alaskan Hotel, this is Juneau's most historically authentic watering hole, with flocked-velvet walls, antique chandeliers, and vintage frontier-brothel decor. Just keep in mind that in recent years the vintage charm has begun to look decidedly worn out, but it's still worth visiting just the same.

Amalga Distillery

In the tasting room at the Amalga Distillery, you can sample Amalga's small-batch gin (up to two drinks per visit) while seated next to the brass and copper still in which the gin was made. The well-designed space also includes high ceilings and huge windows perfect for people-watching.

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Baranof Island Brewing Company

Beer lovers will want to check out the brewery's taproom, open daily from 2 to 8 pm. Under state law, patrons can only consume up to 36 ounces in one visit (that's for breweries only).

Bayview Pub

In addition to its selection of Alaska and Pacific Northwest craft beers, "The Pub" is known for handcrafted classic cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices. If you're tired of seafood, this is a solid choice; dinner options include racks of lamb, top sirloins, and French dip sandwiches. The pub has a stage for live music; nonmusical diversions include two pool tables, a dart area, and plenty of wide-screen TVs.

Fat Stan's Sports Bar

Young locals pack into lively, informal Fat Stan's, a cute spot with a decent selection of beers, wines, and spirits. You can snack on pizza as you sip.

330 Spruce Mill Way, Ketchikan, AK, 99901, USA

Fogcutter Bar

A friendly spot to grab a beer and a snack while checking email—or visiting with the locals—the Fogcutter epitomizes the laid-back, unpretentious vibe for which Alaskans are known.

122 Main St., Haines, AK, 99827, USA

Haines Brewing Company

This downtown microbrewery sells beer by the sample glass or pint glass and in liter growlers to go. Captain Cook's Spruce Tip Ale is a good choice, best enjoyed on the back deck if the weather complies. Just note that the brewery is cash only. In recent years Haines has become known as a hub for the craft beer movement; in May, the town hosts the Great Alaska Craft Beer & Home Brew Festival, a wildly popular event.

Harbor Bar

With ships' wheels, nautical pictures, and a mounted red snapper, the Harbor Bar's decor stays true to Petersburg's seafaring spirit. The bar's liquor store has a separate entrance.

310 N. Nordic Dr., Petersburg, AK, 99833, USA

Imperial Saloon

A remodeled former dive where locals like to drink, shoot pool, and meet singles, the Imperial retains mounted moose and bison heads and other vestiges of its divey decor. Other noteworthy features include the original pressed-tin ceiling and what is reputed to be the longest bar in Alaska. The Imperial Grill, located within the bar, serves food until 1 am on weekends.

241 Front St., Juneau, AK, 99801, USA

Pioneer Bar

As far as the locals are concerned, the few green-and-white-vinyl booths at this bar across from the harbor make a fine destination. The Pioneer is vintage Alaska, with pool tables, rough-hewn locals clad in Carhartts and XtraTuf boots, hundreds of pictures of local fishing boats, and occasional live music. 

212 Katlian St., Sitka, AK, 99835, USA

Red Onion Saloon

Skagway was once host to dozens upon dozens of watering holes in its gold-rush days, but the Red Onion is pretty much the sole survivor. The upstairs was Skagway's first bordello, and you'll find a convivial crowd of Skagway locals and visitors among the scantily clad mannequins who represent the building's former illustrious tenants. A ragtime pianist tickles the keys in the afternoons, and local musicians strut their stuff on Thursday night. Pizza and nachos are available in the bar. The saloon closes up shop for winter.

The Asylum Bar

With 30 beers on tap, including many regional varieties, this downtown favorite has four indoor and outdoor spaces and free Wi-Fi. Hungry patrons can order food from the Burger Queen and have it delivered to their table.

The Narrows

An upscale alternative to Juneau's somewhat rowdy bar scene, The Narrows is the best place in the city to enjoy a classy, carefully prepared cocktail. The bar gets its name from the shape of the space—long and skinny—and its exposed brick walls, fireplace, and leather couches in back add to the intimate vibe.

The Office Bar

Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire in 2006, this no-frills establishment on the main drag in Hoonah is the place to come if you want to enjoy a cold beer and some lively local banter. In Dungeness season, you can treat yourself to fresh crab as well.

151 Front St., Hoonah, AK, 99829, USA
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