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Arctic Bar

509 Water St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6332
+1 907-225-4709
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What a cool place to drink

Looking at our cruise ship having a beer in the sunshine. What could be better? Ketchikan is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tracey G
Halesowen, United Kingdom
via mobile
Lots of laughter!

The Happy Bears sign drew my husband to this place. Once we entered after taking pictures with the... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2017
Dallas, Georgia
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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!
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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509 Water St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6332
+1 907-225-4709
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looking at our cruise ship having a beer in the sunshine. What could be better? Ketchikan is a great place. Sunny today. Not usual however. Friendly staff. Great location

Thank Tracey G
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The Happy Bears sign drew my husband to this place. Once we entered after taking pictures with the bear statue of course - we met Paula the owner. She was an absolute blast! Funny, lots of stories to tell and just overall a lot of...More

Thank Rmtm14
Reviewed 26 July 2017

What a warm old fashioned welcome at this place for 'Happy Bears'. On a days visit from a cruise ship we were tired and hungry and nipped in for 'one for the road'. Not used to my request for a red martini and lemonade the...More

Thank JacsandDave
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This place was great - loved the barman - he was so friendly and we enjoyed our drinks talking to him. So close to the ship as well with a great atmosphere - even bought a shirt to remind us of the experience

Thank sharon B
Reviewed 15 June 2017

When you get off the ship, you are usually shunted into touristy places. This place is filled with locals, but they make you feel welcome. The clam chowder was excellent, and they have a good range of Alaskan beer.

Thank Mary T
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We were abit skeptical about this place as it is not far from the cruise ships,but we were quite surprised to find it well kept,had nice uppity staff ,and great prices,and my bloody mary as you americans call them was awesome,nice beer choices also,inside and...More

Thank daniel f
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

This place is awesome!! We stumbled upon this bar as we walked back to our ship. The owners are hilarious and make it worth the stop. The Bloody Mary was fantastic. It's right at the port and the views are great.

Thank Treehawk74
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Fun place to stop !!! The owners are so much fun great music best home made Bloody Mary's I've ever hade & the best bar we've ever been into 👍

Thank Yol1966
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

It's not pretty, but it's Alaska! This is the perfect spot to wait till the last minute to re-board your ship. Well priced cocktails, crusty servers, and "colorful" locals. Don't expect too much, and you'll be happy. Sitting outside at the railing gives a good...More

Thank NoAngst
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Great bar, Dennis is a great bartender. He really knows how to spoil a person with his great mixed drinks. Best screwdriver ever made!,,,,, Would recommend that everyone who visits stops in and has a drink. Very friendly local atmosphere!

Thank Ann L
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5 September 2016|
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Response from PhotoScott | Reviewed this property |
Hi - I am not sure - it was my first time there. I think they have a Facebook page and they might be able to answer that for you there. Good luck and keep traveling!
17 May 2016|
Response from brittvik |
The Arctic is located directly off of Berth 3 on the cruise ship docks. The back deck faces Berth 3 - right next to Sockeye Sams and across the street from Burger Queen.