A quaint, family-friendly eatery ensconced in a deep red, house-like building in the heart of Girdwood’s town square, Silvertip Grill cooks homespun American classics and slakes thirsts with a wide assortment of beer and wine. In addition to timeless dinner entrees such as fish 'n' chips, Silvertip's staff prepares breakfast all day. At the hand-built spruce bar, tenders pour eight beers from the tap and pass out approximately 30 varieties of microbrews and specialty bottles. The libation crew also liquefies stemmed glassware with 10–12 wines. Outside in the spacious beer garden, guests can practice tossing or trying on horseshoes in one of two pits, gather around a fire pit—which is typically used for pig roasts—or dine to the beat of live music on the weekends.
You don't need to book one of Eagle Hotel's 28 rooms to eat at Eagle Hotel Restaurant and Lounge. The kitchen staff welcomes locals and travelers alike to sample the menu, which jumps from Italian dishes, such as pizza, pasta, calzones, and meatball sandwiches, and American favorites, such as burgers, sirloin steak, and baked salmon. In the morning, the cooks make omelets and BLT sandwiches that can be layered with an egg.
Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy employs the Vaganova method of classical ballet instruction. Its instructors teach pointe, pas de deux, and character and historical dances to produce athletic, well-rounded dancers. Achieving a high caliber of skill through this method, students have gone on to dance professionally with a variety of organizations, including the American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Riverdance. Though it has a focus on excellence, the academy also offers classes for recreation dancers and beginners of all ages.
Blues Central lives up to its name by presenting nights of smoky blues music and preparing a menu of bar fare as rich as the tunes. On Friday and Saturday live shows, guests gather in front of the stage to soak up neon light and listen to the ghostly wail of guitars, a tradition that began when the establishment opened in 1964 on top of the remains of a haunted music school. Open for lunch daily at 11 a.m., Blues Central hosts happy hour Monday–Friday, 4 p.m.–7 p.m., and lists upcoming acts and specials on its event page, including T Harvey Combo shows and open mic night on Sundays at 8 p.m. Onlookers down brews and feast on chicken wings, seafood, and nine types of French dip sandwiches filled with the likes of meatloaf, barbecue pork, and slow-roasted beef with plenty of au jus for dunking.
Supporting education. Building a stronger community. Creating accessibility. Alaska Junior Theater aims to do all that and more. The nonprofit organization hosts youthful audiences at educational and entertaining performances, which address subjects such as geography, social studies, and history. Dedicated to bringing the arts to the community at large, the organization also partners with villages and rural school districts throughout Alaska and includes bus transportation in its youth ticket sales.
Traditional Irish eats fill the menu at McGinley's Pub but with an Alaskan twist. The bangers and mash, for example, come with reindeer sausage, and the fish and chips are made with fresh, Alaskan halibut. Diners can wash it all down with an Irish whiskey or a pint of Guinness on draft.