The menu at Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse entices seafaring stomachs and carnivorous canines alike. Nosh on appetizing appetizers such as popcorn shrimp ($10.99) or hummus sidekicked by a justice league of cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, feta, and pita bread ($11.99). Hunger-havers of greater magnitude can dive fork-first into a smoked salmon caesar salad ($7.99 side, $13.99 dinner) or incisor-attack a prime-rib sandwich ($14.99).
The Woodshed Lounge welcomes diners into an eating establishment where nightly karaoke, pool tables, and a menu featuring pizza, burgers, and more wait to appease patrons. Wash away the idea of a dry gullet with a beer, and fortify bellies with a large, 14-inch pizza ($15), selecting from six toppings ($1 ea.) such as red onion, Italian sausage, and jalapeños. Pub patrons can order the JJ Burger plain ($7), with cheese ($8), or with bacon and cheese ($9) while pondering good times and repressing the urge to yell "Ceci n'est pas un burger!" The Woodshed also cures smaller appetites with a choice of seven appetizers, including nachos made with house-cut corn tortillas ($7) and JJ's wings, available in teriyaki, mildly spicy, and flightless ($7–$13).
Within the historic 4th Avenue Market Place is the Alaska Experience Theater, a time capsule of state history and a portal for cultural exploration through film. The curators perennially screen four short documentaries on Alaskan history, projecting one about the devastating Good Friday Earthquake of March 27, 1964, in an earthquake simulator that rocks on hydraulic lifts designed to soothe Zeus in his infancy. A 40-foot screen commands attention in the 96-seat main theater, where the documentaries are relayed in vivid detail by a 3-D Christie Digital Projection System along with cult classics, independent films, and wide-release blockbusters. Out in the marketplace, dancers perform native Alaskan dances to the beat of drums, and two permanent exhibits reveal more information about the earthquake and display the full collection of prints by Alaskan artist Fred Machetanz.
While Center Bowl’s neon marquee has retained its vintage look for over 50 years, the bowling alley's modern innards include 30 updated Brunswick synthetic lanes with touchscreen scoring and automated gutter guards. The lights go dim on weekend nights for neon-bowling sessions, during which bowling balls and toothpaste stains glow in the dark. Between frames, bowlers can refuel at the concessions stand, which doles out pizza, wings, soft drinks, and beer.
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts augments the cultural landscape of Anchorage with a schedule of entertaining events throughout the year. The non-profit organization welcomes audiences to take in musicals, concerts, ballets, and comedy shows in four stunning venues. The spacious Atwood Concert Hall features a dramatic starburst ceiling that mimics the aurora borealis, while the smaller Discovery Theatre sports saucer-shaped discs to aid in acoustics.