Homer is not what you would call a cosmopolitan town with martini bars on every corner. However, you can find some decent little hangouts if you know where to look.
Friday and Saturday nights during the summer one or two of these bars usually have live music. Hobo Jim is one of the local favorites. Bluegrass and rock cover bands usually round out the schedule.
1. (Historic) Salty Dawg Saloon - a usual must see for anyone visiting Homer. Try one of the local Homer Brewing Company beers after your halibut trip, duck in for a game of pool or just go in to take a picture of the walls of dollar bills and the sawdust floors. Packed from 5 o'clock on but usually starts to clear out after 11 p.m.
2. Duggan's Pub - Pretty good bar food, a couple of pool tables, dart boards, a decent jukebox and live bands on weekends. A good place to tie one on for a reasonable price. Will usually go until 2 am sometimes later.
3. Alice’s Champagne Palace - Live music on weekends. Can draw a fairly good crowd of all ages. A bit more expensive than Duggan's if I remember correctly?
4. The Alabi Room - never been but have heard good things occasionally
5. Charakters - This is one of my favorite bars when I just want cheap beer, a jukebox and a few rounds of pool. You have to like low key dives to appreciate this one!
Ask a resident for directions - it's hard to get lost in Homer!
Dress Code: The only requirement in Homer is don't over dress. You will stand out like a sore thumb. And, never think that after a couple days camping you can't walk into a bar - no one will notice!
The Salty Dog is a hard drinking bar on the Homer Spit. The floor is covered with chips, and the walls are covered with money (similar to my Cabbage Key page). In addition to the money people affix to the walls, there is also a large collection of women's underthings. It is that kind of place.
Take a walk on the wild side, and hoist a few at the Salty Dog Saloon.
Dress Code: This is a place to drink, not to get dressed up. They also sell a variety of Salty Dog Saloon souvenier clothing. I recommend the Hooded Sweatshirt.
Women: If you are wearing underwear, it is customary, after an appropriate number of drinks, to remove your bra and leave it in the bar. There is also a fair collection of panties, this requires even more drinking.
The quintessential dive bar located along the Homer Spit. Homer is known as "a drinking village with a fishing problem", so there are no shortage of places like this, but the Salty Dawg- atrue sawdust on the floor type of place- is the spot to hang out with the local fishermen and women, as well as tourists camping along the Spit.
Definitely not the place for an out of town female to venture into alone, but, fortunately, I met Mike, a stockbroker from Minnesota turned Homer resident/fishing boat captain who frequented the place to swap salmon catching tales with other Homer captains over tall glasses of Alaskan Amber. The atmosphere in the place was one of drunken camaraderie where bartenders, who truly knew everyone's name, passed drinks over the well worn wooden bar to somewhat inebriated locals while they talked, sang and sometimes just stared off into space, too inebriated to do either. But the rickety wooden log cabin was a packed house of Homerians and curious onlookers who wandered in on a typically foggy and rainy night in Homer. I didn't stay long, but it appeared that a good time was being had by all.
Duggan's is a great little Irish pub. Serving Homer Brewing local ales in addition to a full beverage menu. Live Local and imported music usually every Friday and Saturday night with additional nights as well. Dart tournaments and pool tables as well as a cafe- Duggans Galley makes for a great night spot if you are looking for fun or dinner or dancing the night away!
Dress Code: None.
A must-do when in Homer. And make sure to get the T-shirt. It's the typical bra- panties-dollar bill covered bar with plenty of characters available to make up some interesting conversation. You'll find tourists, locals and seasonal workers bellied up to the bar knocking back some Amber or Hefe's.
Dress Code: Dress code? You're lucky if the guy (or gal) next to you showered after getting done fileting the fish they spent all day catching. Jeans, t-shirt and rubber boots or waders are alllll ok.
Definately the place to go for a beer. Cool atmosphere with wood chips on the floor and everything from money and business cards to bras, hats, and shorts on the ceiling and walls. This saloon is located in an old lighthouse.
Dress Code: Casual.
The Salty Dawg still boasts a sawdust floor. It is full of memorobilia of those who have visited... Signed dollars, t-shirts, business cards, life rings, bouys. Hand built Spruce tables and benches provide unique seating when you can find a space! A delightful mix of people from fisherman, local residents, tourists and ship captains. You have not been to Homer, Alaska if you have not been in the Salty Dawg!
Dress Code: No dress code. Fisherman show up in rubber boots and jeans, locals whatever they are wearing and sometimes elegant women drop in.
Here is how commercial fishing out of Homer works:
Step 1: become impressed onto a fishing boat
Step 2: realize you are going to be gone for 3 months on a boat
Step 3: Go to the Dawg and get drunk enough to where standing becomes an issue
Step 4: Hit on anything that moves
Step 5: Go to more Homer Bars
Step 6: Pass out on your boat
Step 7: Wake up somewhere in the Shelikoff Straight
Step 8: Wake up ass early in the morning, fish all day, sleep whenever possible, get irate, get drunk, get hurt.. blabla
Step 9: Repeat Step 8 about 2342343456453 times
Step 10: Drive boat back to Homer
Step 11: Go to the Salty DAwg, get too drunk to stand and hit on anything possible (this is considerably more difficult than before because step 11 comes before step 12... which is)
Step 12: Take a shower
Dress Code: Coat and tie are highly encouraged ask the bartender for a spare if you forgot yours
The Pier One Theatre has been around for 35 years. In the 1970s high tides used to flood the building. The theatre’s productions are diverse and sometimes eclectic. They range from traditional plays/musicals to marionette productions and unique locally written plays. The Pier One Theatre also provides educational theater starting for 5 and 6 year olds and including youth directed plays. I am not sure they appreciate being a pigeon sanctuary though. In any event when the curtain goes up, the seats are typically filled; you better reserve tickets in advance.
The Homer Theater is at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Main Street. Their website says they that they have the best movies and popcorn in Alaska.
Kids 11 & Under: $4
Seniors (60+): $4
National Services: $4
Dress Code: No killer brown bears or moose allowed!