Very casual place to hang out, have a few drinks and shoot some pool. Nothing fancy but the locals are nice. Very surprise that you are allowed to smoke in the bar. Could use a few more TVs but overall a decent place to go for a few drinks.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
The Pioneer Bar or P Bar is the local hang out. This is where the captains and their deckhands go to hang out after a hard day on the water. This is definitly not a hip or stylish bar. A 16 ounce beer and some p-nuts make you blend in. There is also a pool table and a couple of TV's with sports on.
Dress Code: DO NOT dress up there unless you want to be stared at.
The Pioneer Bar is an institution in Sitka that I highly recommend. Local fishermen come here after a hard day's work as do many of the locals. Nothing special as far as decorations. Lights are bright. Floors just linoleum. Walls are covered with framed photos of all the local fishing boats. It is the people that make the place. Friendly, outgoing and very, very thirsty.
Dress Code: Dress code? Yeah right!
The Pioneer Bar, found right downtown on Katlian Street, is a favorite with the fishing crowd. Many locals can be found here, but seating is limited, so get an early start! Ernie's is right down the street, another favorite with the locals, and as of recently, has offered live music on the weekends. The best spot for hip up-to-date music is out Sawmill Creek Road at Seiners Bar and Grill. A restaurant in the evening, it turns into the only danceclub in Sitka at night. Since the main bar has been made non-smoking, there is a much wider variety of people enjoying the experience.
Dress Code: No dress code in any bars in Sitka that I've ever known of, although fisherman are kindly asked to de-scale at the most.
Going to do this in one tip: there are a few bars in Sitka, most right by each other. The P-Bar--very popular w/ locals and people staying for the summer. Ernies, more of a local bar, good place. Uncle Joe's...Sitka's answer to a club. Very crowded in the summer.
Dress Code: There is no dress code anywhere in Sitka since a lot of people are in the commerical fishing industry. If you don't know what X-tra Tuffs are, you'll learn quickly. Everyone wears them, even out to bars.
An Alaska Maritime theme is found in the thousands of framed pictures placed throughout the bar. This is a bar that is sure to have a local contigent. It is down on Katlain Street past the Pioneer's Home and near the packing houses and commercial harbor. It is a more seady part of town full of broken down buildings, canaries and the docks full of small boats and fishermen. The place was crammed with crusty guys in colorful fishing-rubbers. They were downing shots of whiskey and marinating their whiskers in pints of ale. There is also a large bell. Supposedly whoever rings it must buy a drink for everyone present! The area It is just down the street from Ludwig's if you want a nice meal with your walk. The bar serves hot dogs, subway sandwiches, chips and nuts.
Dress Code: very casual