The Arctic Bar is a true Alaska, local hangout. A bit gritty, a bit smoky, and filled with affable folks with some good stories to tell. Its been around since the '30s and is a great spot to grab a cold beer. We popped in to have a beer while we enjoyed our halibut burgers from the Burger Queen across the street (the Burger Queen is a must). They had no problem with us bringing our burgers in and, in fact, welcomed us with open arms. Definitely a good place to do some (local) people watching.
If you're walking around town and see some bear prints on the ground, follow them and you'll wind up at the Arctic Bar.
Dress Code: Casual.
I took this picture in 1992 when I first lived in Ketchikan. I lived downtown and would go for walks often at night and watch the lights reflecting on the water from boats. During the holidays many boats are decorated.
Back in 1992 the Ward Cove Pulp Company was still going strong. Every so often these huge ships would come and fill up with pulp.