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Water Your Hole: Anchorages 5 Best Dive Bars

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In Anchorage, we love our bars, and its safe to say… Alaskans are bar people. Pool tables,  saw dust covered floors, cheap beer and whiskey, its what we do best. But not all locations are created equal, sometimes you need a home away from home, somewhere tranquil, a fortress of soliditude… a place where quite possibly, everyone knows your name. Enter, ye olde dive bar.

So in a town where almost every watering hole is either a restaurant or a bar already, how do you distinguish between the best and worst. By definition, a favorite dive is subjective really. But a few things remain standard. Great bartenders, check. Dimly lit, check. Shady regular at the end of the bar… “Oh, hey creepy Rick.” And of course, Taco Tuesdays!! We propose you getting there early… and check.

So in writing this, we will assume this is your first time to our town or you are looking for a new HQ to slum it at. Well, put on your favorite hoody and ball cap and grab a hand full of ones… Here is our list of Anchorages best 5 dive bars.

Fletcher’s
Fletchers

Putting Fletchers on a dive bar list is arguable to say the least, but every list needs a point of reference and this just makes sense. Fletchers is like the super hot, big breasted, blonde co ed of dive bars. Everything is perfect about her until you meet her hillbilly parents and find out she was raised up in the Louisiana bayous. Whats the teeth to people ratio down there again? What we are saying is, give it 20 years.

But until then… this swanky hardwood, mutiny captain inspired pub pretty much rocks. For those out there not fully ready to commit to a dive, use this as a starter dive. Fletchers boasts a prime downtown location, high priced gins and bourbons and of course one of the few places in Anchorage that offers a half yard glass of beer!! Sweet! Located directly inside of the Captain Cook Hotel, this establishment feels like an episode of cheers, and has all the trappings of a future dive. Here’s to 32 oz’s!

939 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501


 

The Blue Line

If you haven’t heard about or been to the Blue line, don’t worry many haven’t… but you prolly should. Tucked inside the south side Subway Sports Centre, the blue line is easily the most aesthetically pleasing dive on the list. Although they lack the cliche taco nights, they make up for it with nostalgic bar food like nachos and chicken fingers. The Blue line sits directly above the sports centers ice rink with a glassed in view of all the middle age beer league hockey games, perfect entertainment while you knock back a cold brew.

Playing? Its also a great way to celebrate a win after you skate. You don’t have to be a hockey fan to enjoy the memorabilia or the cheap pitchers of beer and comfort food. So if you’re gunna get 5 minutes in the box, this isnt a bad place to do it.

11111 O’Malley Centre Dr, Anchorage, AK 99515


 

The Hideaway
Hideaway

The Hideaway is a classic dive bar with a hometown feel. So much in fact, it is practically located smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood. With mood setters like vintage claw machines and pool tables, the Hideaway nails the dive criteria. (“Ugh, what kind of Pabst do you have on hand?)

This place is perfect for after softball meet ups or the occasional “quick” drink. But be warned of the Hideaway Honey Badgers… they have home field advantage here. (you have to ask once you get there)  But to be honest, if you don’t live on the southside we cant see you making the drive over to hang out… but if you find your self over there, check it out… its worth the drive.

2828 W Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99502


 

The Blue Fox
Bluefox2

The Blue Fox is the dive that anybody down for a legit 907 seedy boozing dreams of, but without the rapey, homeless vibe. Vintage karaoke night, taco bar, cheap beers and prime location from the university, this place would kill it in any other state. That being said, what it lacks in pool tables and foot traffic, it makes up for it in dive bar cliches.

Drinks a plenty, classic bar food menu and its a great place for before and after  drinks when events happen at the brand new Alaska Airlines Center stadium. All you need now is a FB follow to know when the mic is primed and the tacos are fresh. We also love that worst case scenario… you are seconds away from the hospital in case of a stomach pumping is needed. Eat up!

3461 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507


 

The Buckaroo Club
Buckaroo

The Buck. As we locals call it…. is king round these parts. Billed as the Chilkoots/Downtown alternative, this place is spacious, centrally located and is ALL CLASSIC DIVE BAR. Now-a-days its become a bit more trendy thanks in part to the after Bear tooth concert crowd, but the Buck is still legit dive bar.

It boasts both shuffle board, and pool table, darts anyone? The juke box is always on and a wide variety of cheap beer litter the well. The dimly lit interior and tacky neon lights rounds out the criteria quota. We like this bar because it stays fairly diverse in its patrons and there’s so much room for activities. Free this weekend?

2811 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503

 

Have you visited a local Dive Bar lately? Did your favorite dive make the list? Hated it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Phillip Crawford

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