Best Venues for Local Bands in Anchorage, Alaska

Famed for its magnificent mountains and salmon streams, people forget there's a lot more to Alaska than the great outdoors. When the weather isn't cooperating or the fish aren't biting, Alaskans trade in the local sights for local sounds. There are plenty of opportunities to attend local shows in Anchorage if you know where to go.

Tap Root

Located in the heart of Anchorage's former famous red-light district, Spenard, Tap Root is a low-key bar and restaurant featuring nightly events that often include local bands. One of the most popular events is the Parlor in the Round, an evening of musical improv comedy.

Chilkoot Charlie's

Known affectionately by the locals as Koots, Chilkoot Charlie's is a historic building housing 10 different bars under one roof. Koots showcases a variety of entertainment ranging from comedy nights to high-profile bands and often local bands. With the variety of bars in one building there's an opportunity for people to grab a drink and enjoy multiple local bands in one night.

Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse

Humpy's offers good beer, good food and great local music. Located in downtown Anchorage, Humpy's has live, local music every Friday and Saturday night and features an Open Mic night on Sunday evenings. In recent years, the bar and restaurant has put on a popular summer concert series.

Jackie Bartz Holbrook is a freelance writer living in Palmer, Alaska. She spent several years as a TV reporter working at Alaska's largest television station. When she's not behind her desk, she's climbing Alaska's mountains and flyfishing its rivers.