This photo was taken at 3:30 AM on July 3. I just wanted to show that if the weather is good you can easily see all during the night. It is hard for us to go to bed early. Quite often we will still be having fun and realize that it's 1 am or later when we finally go into the house!
Though most outsiders might not picture nightlife in Kodiak, this is after all a town of 6,300, and not everyone likes to fish, hunt or hike. Among a numerous and diversified array of waterfront restaurants, Kodiak also claims two superlatives among Alaskan watering holes. One of these is Diamond Jim's on Mill Bay Road, reckoned the smallest bar in Alaska. Though it looks like a simple box, almost spiritless like a coffin, the capacity is reckoned at 40. Not standing room only, that is, not for everyone or all the time. . . the bar claims the ability to seat as many patrons -- but only eight at a time.
Dress Code: Kodiak is an informal community. Dress is usually casual. Suits are normally not spotted on the island.
Kodiak also claims the oldest bar in Alaska near the waterfront, none other than the B & B Bar, another nondescript building with limited spirit in its outward appearance. Inside (besides verifying the 1906 license on the righthand wall) you can throw darts, play pool or belly up to the bar with the other wastrels and misfits, call for a $4 can of beer, and listen to the latest gossip on town life. At the time of my visit, the witch/barmaid boasted having seen a bear along the Pasagshak road, while the others decried the local radio "selling hour," which VT member kaloz likened to "radio Ebay."
Dress Code: Dress is casual, and the more informal the better. Prim and proper dress would occasion several hard glares from the roughened patrons who frequent this bar.
The best of Kodiak nightlife is to be invited to a beach party on warm summer night. The sand will be soft and black, the water- freezing ass hypothermia cold. The fire might get 10 or 15 feet high, because you can dig a pit and burn driftwood straight off the beach... cook fresh fish you catch from the beach, or pickup supplies at the local grocery store. It will be warm enough to wear shorts and enjoy a bit of beach blanket time!
This is the fisherman's bar, not for the faint of heart. Stick to beer and whiskey, otherwise you are asking for trouble, and in the B-n-B you just might find it. This is a hard working, hard drinking place. A must see!!!
Dress Code: Grundens, Carharts, Xtratufs, or a dirty old sweatshirt. No fancy stuff here.
Every Year...Well almost every year Kodiak has a Fireworks Display to help celebrate the New Year!
Dress Code: Dress Warm!! It can be cold! This year it was about 16 º F.
If you want something quiet to do in the evening you can stop by Cross Fox Video and rent a new release.
Diamond Jims is Alaska's smallest bar, it seats forty, eight at a time.
Dress Code: Whatever you've got on is fine. Just don't take it off, please.
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