Arctic Bar
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
About
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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  • Roberto G
    Seattle, Washington11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home of the Happy Bears !
    Went to the Arctic Bar, as my employer is the Arctic Club Hote Seattle, so decided to visit a namesake during a 7-day Cruise through Alaska. It was off the beaten path, but well worth the walk ! Didn't get to meet Paula. the owner of the "Home of the Happy Bears", but we did exchange some items with our similar name ? It was a pleasure AND the Bloody Mary was worth the visit !
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Chris C
    Hagerstown, Maryland25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Why settle for the ordinary, when you can have the EXTRAORDINARY?!!
    June in Ketchikan is supposed to be rainy or so we were lead to believe. But I believe if you were to go to the Arctic Bar, you wouldn’t care what the weather was outside! This was an awesome stop on our trip to Alaska! I’m a home brewer who loves trying local brews where ever I travel. This place F-ing ROCKS!! The bartenders were top notch! I’m sorry I can’t remember their names, but if you guys read this, please feel free to reply with your names. My wife Dana and I were at the bar on 6/10/2023 at around 3:00pm and you were playing Eminem in the bar and my wife gave you one of her Cedarwood Soap business cards. You two were awesome. The beer was great your enthusiasm was contagious and you all were just awesome! My wife and I were so blessed to have met you! Thank you for the awesome time and company!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Jerry C
    Hobe Sound, Florida432 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest Bar in Ketchikan
    Need an ice cold beer before getting back on board your cruise ship? Gotta stop here. Excellent beers and a staff that is hilarious. If you can't have fun here, you just can't have fun.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Dann
    Ohio93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best Bloody Mary's we've had on the trip.
    Being the last ship of the season into Ketchikan didn't dampen the spirits of the nice bartender. The Bloody Mary with pickled asparagus was just what I needed to start the day. Appreciates the discussion and the swag purchase will help us remember this great bar for years to come.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • MartynG_11
    Gig Harbor, Washington576 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Friendly and Welcoming
    I stopped by on recommendation of my tour guide. Really loved the place and the lady serving went out of her way to make me feel welcome as a tourist new to Ketchikan, a locals haunt with lots of fun banter between all passing through on their way home from work. Actually makes the bland dismal unfriendly service at my hotel bar I’m now at make me wish I’d have ventured out this evening. Oh well go to the Artic, it’s a really decent spot with a fun vibe. A pool table, a nice deck overlooking the dock, and very good prices. As local as it gets the other side of the tunnel.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 25, 2024
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS6,275 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This bar extends over the water right where the cruise ships dock so is an excellent place to people-watch if you are sitting on the covered patio. It was very busy during our visit, and there appeared to just be a single bartender for the entire place. She was working hard but not everyone was happy about how long it took to get served. We did finally get our drinks and sat down at one of the only open tables on the patio. The sign outside the business advertised $3.50 beers, but I think the only one at that price must have been the happy bear house beer since everything we ordered costed considerably more.
Written July 7, 2023
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Bill K
Siloam Springs, AR1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
I recently had the pleasure to visit the Arctic Bar as an excursion piece of a cruise. It was the owner’s birthday (Miss Paula). She was as welcoming as she could be. I noticed a t-shirt I wanted to buy for myself and my sons. She was out of that particular style, but said if I paid for them she would ship them. I made a cash transaction with no receipt, which I questioned way after the fact. To my pleasant surprise, the shirts beat me home. Restored my faith in human nature. Thanks Miss Paula!!!!!
Written August 19, 2022
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FernVancouver
Vancouver12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
First visited about 10 yrs ago and was worried it might not have survived. Pleasantly surprised to find the home of the happy bear still thriving. It was the perfect stop for successive waves of Carnival passengers waiting for tender line ups to go down. Lots of joking from the bar to the dock. It’s just a short walk from all 4 berths and worth a visit!
Written September 1, 2022
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Roberto G
Seattle, WA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Went to the Arctic Bar, as my employer is the Arctic Club Hote Seattle, so decided to visit a namesake during a 7-day Cruise through Alaska. It was off the beaten path, but well worth the walk ! Didn't get to meet Paula. the owner of the "Home of the Happy Bears", but we did exchange some items with our similar name ? It was a pleasure AND the Bloody Mary was worth the visit !
Written June 10, 2023
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Dann
Ohio93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Being the last ship of the season into Ketchikan didn't dampen the spirits of the nice bartender. The Bloody Mary with pickled asparagus was just what I needed to start the day.

Appreciates the discussion and the swag purchase will help us remember this great bar for years to come.
Written October 27, 2023
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N3065LKdebbies
Abingdon, VA365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
What a great place to stop for some refreshment after a day of exploring Ketchikan! There is an outdoor area and also an indoor area which we chose enjoying the outdoor area with it being such a beautiful day. We absolutely LOVED Paula, one of the owners who was so welcoming and great to talk to. The prices are good especially happy hour and food great too! We stopped by everyday we were in Ketchikan!
Written September 14, 2020
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MartynG_11
Gig Harbor, WA576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I stopped by on recommendation of my tour guide. Really loved the place and the lady serving went out of her way to make me feel welcome as a tourist new to Ketchikan, a locals haunt with lots of fun banter between all passing through on their way home from work.

Actually makes the bland dismal unfriendly service at my hotel bar I’m now at make me wish I’d have ventured out this evening. Oh well go to the Artic, it’s a really decent spot with a fun vibe.

A pool table, a nice deck overlooking the dock, and very good prices. As local as it gets the other side of the tunnel.
Written April 25, 2024
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Jerry C
Hobe Sound, FL432 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Need an ice cold beer before getting back on board your cruise ship? Gotta stop here. Excellent beers and a staff that is hilarious. If you can't have fun here, you just can't have fun.
Written August 28, 2023
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daniel f
Kemble, Canada912 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
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 outside seating ,food available as well ,do check them out ,cheers
Written June 12, 2017
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Pvfd225
Pittsford, NY16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
The Artic Bar is open!....Just four days prior to our ship docking....Owner Paula has done a fantastic job of updating, it looks great....Great view of the water and the location was a very easy 5 minute walk from the cruise ship....Would go back in a heart beat....Must stop if in Ketchikan
Written July 17, 2015
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