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Address: 509 Water St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6332
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08:00 - 02:00
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The oldest bar in Ketchikan! Est. in 1937. We are a waterfront bar with a...

The oldest bar in Ketchikan! Est. in 1937. We are a waterfront bar with a covered deck for an outdoor experience. We have 19 draft beers on tap and the best bloody Mary's in Alaska! We are locally owned and operated. Come down and meet Paula who has owned the bar for the last 22 years. She's a hoot!

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Tiny but great

The final stop of the day before getting back on the cruise boat. I tried a few of the local beers and whilst we watched the people board the boat. A quaint small bar right on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017
Laura K
Sydney, Australia
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Kent, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a good hole in the wall bar with characters working the bar! We played some pool, drank some beer and got harassed by the bartender, I forgot her name but she was unique and fun!!! Most of the guy's I was with had been in here for the past several months and knew everyone, so it was very... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The final stop of the day before getting back on the cruise boat. I tried a few of the local beers and whilst we watched the people board the boat. A quaint small bar right on the water.

Thank Laura K
West Hollywood, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

No smoking indoors (thank god) Great service. Popcorn. Slushee. Good prices on beer. Good atmosphere. Smells clean, nice look, good music, good view. Good time with friends.

Thank Jasminplease
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Old bar, great atmosphere, staff, and customers. We stopped here while on a cruise. They do not serve food, but will call across the street to either Burger Queen's, or Alava's Fish & Chowder. After seeing an order from Alava's, we had to try the fried Halibut nuggets with onion rings. The bartender made the call, and soon our order... More 

Thank BeIrie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Waitress was so friendly and gave lots of information for us tourists. Fun atmosphere, beautiful views. Highly recommend-local beer on tap.

Thank Me M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This location couldn't be any better! We got off our cruise ship and it is right there, easy walk! The friendly owner and bar staff kept us beer'd and whiskey'd. I have to add that it was absolutely pouring rain and we were soaked, they welcomed us in, nonetheless...dripping all over. We got a few shirts and enjoyed our time... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Yep, that's the truth! In 1956, the bar was actually swept off it's pilings, along with tenant, “Peaches” Fisher, who’d been relaxing in his bed upstairs. He survived that journey... and many more after that! Great stories surround the history of the Arctic Bar and owner, Paula, is ready to share more if you belly up to the bar and... More 

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Needles CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Cruise stop over in a great town. We had a blast in this bar. This bar is right near the pier where our cruise ship was docked. There was a great statue(Happy Bears) coming out of the wall of bar that originally attracted us to go inside. Bought fabulous logo'd t-shirts for all our employees. Paula and Kara are fabulous... More 

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for a drink while our ship was docked! What a stunning Alaskan bar! Owner? Came over to chat and tell us some history and it was lovely! Great bar right on the pier it can't be missed! Highly recommend :)

Thank Toyah1
Baltimore, Maryland
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

My husband and I stopped in here for a drink on the way back to our cruise ship from an excursion. Super welcoming crowd and Paula, and owner, made us feel right at home. Fantastic bloody marys! No food on premises but they can order you delicious carry out from a place across the street. If you are looking for... More 

Thank Tara J

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