Don't let the northernmost location fool you. Despite the generally snowy conditions and several dark months of the year, Alaska is a city that enjoys getting out and enjoying some unique nightlife destinations, no matter what the weather is like. From casual bars to excellent hangouts to classy lounges, you'll find the perfect destination where you can relax, socialize and keep the cold weather at bay while allowing great company along with the right beverage to keep you feeling nice and warm.
When you mention the Blue Loon
to any local resident of Fairbanks, chances are that person will break out into a wide smile. This unique nightlife venue offers plenty of great entertainment all in one stylish, convenient place. The Blue Loon is not only a bar that serves your favorite drinks, but it also serves up a tasty menu of appetizers and other light items. Plus, there is a theater on the premises that features live music on specific nights. And when the stage isn't being used for live performances, the silver screen is lowered and current movies are screened. There's no doubt that for great fun, music and entertainment, the Blue Loon has it all!
Address: 2999 Parks Hwy, Fairbanks, AK - MAP
Phone: (907) 457-5666
The Howling Dog Saloon
in Fairbanks is one of those nightlife places where comfort is the rule. This charmingly casual watering hole frequently features live music as well as an always enthusiastic crowd. There's also an excellent beer selection and an inviting menu of appetizers, sandwiches and more. Plus, you can also enjoy the big game on one of the many flat screen televisions that are placed throughout the bar.
Address: 2160 Old Steese Hwy, Fairbanks, AK - MAP
Phone: (907) 456-4695
Primarily considered a locals bar, Fairbanks' Midnite Mine
is a place to go if you just want to enjoy a few beers with friends in a nightlife venue that doesn't feature a big party atmosphere. Everyone pretty much keeps to themselves, so if you are out with a group of friends but want to keep a low-key, less noticeable profile, then Midnite Mine is the perfect destination. A great beer selection along with a bit of a ramshackle atmosphere are what you can expect.
Address: 308 Wendell Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 - MAP
Phone: (907) 456-5348
With a name like Shenanigan's
, you know that fun is part of the equation. This Fairbanks watering hole and nightlife destination offers a great place to meet friends and enjoy a few beers or a mixed drink from the bar, watch some sports on one of the many televisions throughout the bar, or just catch up with friends and stay out of the cold for a while.
Address: 2406 South Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701 - MAP
Phone: (907) 452-1246
is a nightlife spot that prides itself in being the “Furthest North Rodeo Bar” and offers patrons plenty to smile about once they walk through the door. The friendly atmosphere is home to a winning combination of country, rock and pizza, as well as an expansive dance floor. Enjoy great pizza, a large beer and wine selection, and great music all night long. And, if you need a break from your two-steppin' or dancing, try your luck on the mechanical bull!
Address: 537 Gaffney Road, Fairbanks, AK - MAP
Phone: (907) 374-3373
Touting itself as the “oldest and most Irish bar in Alaska,” the Big-I Pub and Lounge
is considered to be one of the city's most popular nightlife places to join friends for a drink. The venue features a wide variety of patrons that range from old timers to college kids. It goes without saying that the beer selection here is second to none, and the barkeeps work hard to make sure that your cup doesn't ever run dry. A menu of munchies, a great, friendly atmosphere and frequent live music keep the spirits high no matter what night of the week you visit.
Address: 122 Turner Street, Fairbanks, AK - MAP
Phone: (907) 456-6437