Terrible bar, bad service. People are friendly for the most part but watch out as there are many people in there looking to fight for no reason at all. My wife was punched in the back of the head for no reason and my friend got beat in front of the bar while the bouncers watched, who are completely worthless by the way. They did nothing to help stop it. He's lucky to be alive. Don't go here.
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A hotel with a bar. Sounds simple, but at the Alaskan, it's an EXPERIENCE, a HAPPENING, a WAY OF LIVING.
The best part is the bar downstairs. Cool old place with music many nights, nice yet hip bartenders, a balcony, old paintings and photos on the walls, and a cool crowd in the evenings. No need to go anywhere else in town at night. The rest of the bars are either cruise ship hangouts or neon beer sign lit dens of inebriation.
The rooms usually have a sink, stove, and refrigerator, plus an antique-style phone (free local calls). The shared bath rooms are a deal for $67 in Juneau. Old carpet and wall paper, funky old lamps, antique furnishings in the rooms.
Personally, I would party here and sleep elsewhere. It is doubtful that you will get much sleep at this hotel. if you prefer a den of inebriation try the Arctic Bar on the same street.
Dress Code: Casual, hip, trashy, any way you want to dress.
I went to the Viking Lounge on a Wednesday night last week and discovered a huge crowd dancing in the back bar. There was an incredible DJ and tons of locals hanging out having a good time.
The front of the bar is where it seems like old timers hang out but the back is where all the young people flock to meet and dance the night away! It's set up like a real dance club with a cool room to hang out and sit on sweet leather couches and even poles for people to dance on. It's more funny than trashy though.
I would recommended it to anyone looking for a real club experience in Juneau that wants to dance and have a good time.
Dress Code: People looked nice, but it's Alaska. It's cool if you're wearing sweatpants and rubber boots. Strange mix.
The City of Juneau issued an ordinance that bans smoking in all Nightclubs, Pubs and Bars to take effective January 2, 2008, with a recent campaign kicking off the slogan, Juneau is a great place to live, it should also be a great place to breathe.
Not certain how well that will work out for some of the places you are reading about, but when they refer to smoking - just know that it's no longer that way. If you are smoker, you will have find your way out the door to smoke up the sidewalks.
This is a mostly local hangout, and though many tourists walk by few of them go in. It's the type of place where you are likely to find some bikers sitting next to a guy from the Alaskan state legislature having a chat. Drinks and beer are pretty inexpensive here and they have big windows so you can see what's going on outside from the bar.
There are a lot of characters in this place, but most of them are pretty friendly. It's great for people watching, too.
The Alaskan Hotel and Bar has been in operation since the early 1900's and is the oldest hotel in Juneau. It was built to accommodate the gold miners who passed through the city on the way to and from their claims when Juneau was nothing more than a base camp.
The hotel still looks the same as it did when it was built, with its rich woodwork and Victorian details. The Alaskan was recently voted onto the National Register of Historic Places. It is still used as a hotel, but its the bar downstairs bar that has one of the city's best nightlife scenes.
The bar is warm and friendly; everyone seems to know each other as it attracts mostly locals. There is a good mix of people who go there from businessmen to construction workers and they all sit down together and talk and drink beer. It's a nice place to spend an evening.
A small pub with lots of interesting people! I heard all about being a lobster pirate LOL, running with whales and all kinds of tall tales! The food here is good, simple things like burgers etc...and you must try Alaskan beer. It is yummy!
On some nights they have live entertainment which was always different.
You can never go wrong with halibut! Yummy!
Dress Code: Casual!!!! Its built on an old pier, and they have lots of old pics of the original pier and pilots. Very interesting if you can have someone tell you about it.
This is where the locals go to party. Alaskans work hard & party hard. Many different kinds of brew are on tap. Live bands play on some nights.
On St Patrick's Day, my eyes were constantly on a redhead who looks like Debra Messing. I didn't drink enough courage to ask her is I could take her picture. She's in my dreams forever.
A busy spot on weekends and on any night during the legislative session (Jan-May). Large and open, it really gets hopping about 9PM when the Triangle empties out and everyone moves en masse to the Viking.
Karaoke in the large front area, dancing in the back, a martini bar in between and a pool hall upstairs.
Hadn't realized until this last trip that it is the place to be for the crew members off the cruise ships. All the passengers head to the Red Dog Saloon and the working folks here.
Dress Code: None. This is Alaska. If you wear a tie they think you're serving papers on someone.
Want to meet a great mixture of locals, legislators, and visitors, head to the Triangle. Busy from about 6 to 9 most nights and kind of the stepping off point to downtown Juneau's "nightlife".
Plain interior, small and smokey, you can see lobbyists working the crowd, legislators relaxing, or play their new electronic trivial knowledge game.
Dress Code: None
When you stagger out of the bar at 2 am or so, where do you go? To the mall, also called the Wharf. This place (don't ask me what it's called, because I don't know Russian) is a fast food-type restauraunt that serves hot spicy Russian meat pies that are somewhat like pot stickers. They are delicious! When we were there, we took our food and wandered through the halls of the mall in search of the bathrooms, and there was an old guy playing sea chanteys on an accordian. So we sat and ate our food and listened to him, which was cool.
Dress Code: None
There are lots of bars in Juneau, most of which, for some reason, are REALLY dark inside. We had a lot of fun at the Viking. It was on a Wednesday in May, but it was packed. They had karaoke, and we met some nice people and had fun partying till the wee hours.
Dress Code: Be dressed.
Another beautiful postcard of Juneau, this time showing a night view... Why can't I take as good pictures as this one?? :) It's a pity I couldn't make beautiful pictures in Juneau and had to scan some postcards to put them on my VT site... but ohhh well! They will at least show you the beauty of this town, which is what this is all about!
HOTSPOTS I VISITED WERE OF COURSE THE FAMOUS RED DOG SALOON IN JUNEAU,REAL SAWDUST ON THE FLOORS.
DON'T GET CAUGHT SHORT THOUGH AS THE TOILET DOORS ARE LOURVE AND ONLY ABOUT 3 FOOT HIGH, SO WHILE YOU ARE SITTING DOWN PEOPLE ARE WALKING BY AND SAYING HELLO TO YOU!
A COUPLE OF HUNDRED YARDS ROUND THE CORNER BRINGS YOU TO THE LUCKY LADY WHICH SELLS CHEAP JUGS OF BEER AND HAS POOL TABLES.
Dress Code: RED BRACES, CHECK SHIRT AND A MOOSE HAT