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    This was definitely not the busiest place on a Wednesday night, but worth checking out.  As with most bars in the area, it is smokey, so be ready for that.  It is a bit hard to get to with all the construction.  The waitress was friendly and super attentive.  Not to many beers on tap though.

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    Want to meet real Alaskans?  Come here.  Think Alaska is all about crab fishing or ice road trucking? Come here.  I guarantee you won't find this smoke filled place on any tour schedules.  What you will find are real every day Alaskans and cold beer.  Isn't that worth sacrificing a lung?  :)

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    I can see why people like it, lots of character, but very smokey even with few people, the only Irish beer was Guiness on tap served ice-cold (which apparently its supposed to be but I prefer a bit less chilled). No one really went out of their way to be friendly, pretty much "what do want" and that's it. It is what it is, and it does that pretty good. Not my place though.

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    Older crowd before dark, with much younger when music starts.  As an "over 40", the day crowd fit me and were very friendly to a visitor.

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    My colleagues from work and I head over to the Big I because it's walking distance from our hotel.  God knows none of us needs to drive on a sheet of ice after drinking!

    We're immediately greeted by our friendly doorman Tony who's checking IDs on 60 year-olds.  What's that about?  In any case, we take three seats at the bar and are immediately accosted by our new favorite bartender Brenna.  She is incredibly smart and it's phenomenally overqualified to be mixing cocktails.  She's so smooth she'll insult you, make you a drink you didn't want or order, thank her and pay for it.

    The venue is a little run down but spacious.  It has a juke box, live music on special occasions, free popcorn, two big screen TVs and plenty of tables.  Mixed drinks are $4.50 and Alaskan Amber runs about 5 bills. No electrical outlets outside so if it's colder than -40 you might want to park somewhere else.  

    We spent a few nights over there including New Year's Eve, which was a total blast.  If you're in town and Brenna's on the clock, it worth stopping by for a few.

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