Seasoned scenesters are always seeking the best boozy bang for their buck, and that's why the bar at Sea Galley has been a pre-bar-hopping hot spot for years.
Known as Gilligan's, it's a big, roomy bar with plenty of space for you and your friends and your friends' friends to pull up a stool and enjoy drinks and nibbles before a night on the town.
The cocktail concoction that has long lured liquor lovers: the Alaskan Ice Tea.
Recently, the Tea was one of the three alcoholic beverages to tie in a Play reader poll for the best adult beverage in Anchorage. It's so potent that the bar will sell you only two. Most people should call it good after one. Lightweights probably shouldn't attempt it alone. At least ask for two straws and bring a thirsty friend.
The Alaskan Ice Tea is Gilligan's version of a Long Island Ice Tea. It costs $11 and comes in a gigantic glass. Add strawberries or raspberries to it for $1. The ingredients: Cuervo Gold tequila, Beefeater gin, Bacardi rum, Smirnof vodka, lemon-lime juice, Pepsi and a top-off of Grand Marnier. Just writing that gave me heartburn. But the drink is tasty and sweet. It's also an ideal jump-start to the night.
Gilligan's has more good deals too. I was besotted with the perfectly tasty cosmopolitan for a crazy-low price of $2.99. Or buy any Alaskan Brewing Co. beer on tap for $6.49 and keep the Alaskan pint glass.
A trip through the amazing salad bar costs $6.49 if you also buy an appetizer. There are dozens of greens, vegetables and toppings, along with dressings and various side dishes.
If you're consuming an Alaskan Ice Tea, you might seek something more substantial, like a half-pound bacon cheeseburger with fries ($12.99 without salad bar, $15.99 with) or The Alaska Trio, a plate of deep-fried halibut, salmon and cod ($19.99). Dinner options aren't cheap, but appetizers go half-price after 10 p.m.
The bar is low-key and sprawling. Some waitresses wear referee outfits. Multiple TVs blast sports. The decor at Gilligan's is generic. There's plenty of natural light, yet fake plants dangle from the ceiling. Low wooden beams span the ceilings.
Booths and tables fill quickly on weekend evenings. Families leave early, giving way to crowds of hipsters -- girls in stylish clothes, guys who looked as though they put some thought into their wardrobe, everyone seeming to have a cell phone pressed to an ear.
Many also had their lips around a straw that fed deep into an Alaskan Ice Tea.
-- by Katie Pesznecker