"Eddie” is the type of name that connotes an easygoing air. It’s informal, a cavalier nickname that resounds with aplomb. Edward is the name of your professor, your doctor, your dad or a really hot vampire (“Twilight” fans, you know what I’m talking about), but Eddie is a name for a comrade-in-arms.
So when a fun-loving guy’s name tops a neon bar sign, you can’t help but think, “Hey, where there’s an Eddie, there are some good times to be had.” And, as most of us already know, there definitely are.
Eddie’s Sports Bar has all the essential ingredients of a sporty neighborhood saloon: TVs broadcasting various sports, neon beer and liquor signs, lots of space, and an extensive menu featuring the kind of fried, meat-heavy and juicy items many of us crave after a few beers or a hard day at work.
But Eddie’s has a few new tricks up its sleeve, most notably the creative way it provides almost college-student-esque food specials served through the week.
The munchie menu is already extensive, boasting a variety of snacks from $5.25 to $13.99 plus “Eddie’s Famous Bar Platter” for $21, which includes steak bites, cod, chicken wings, shrimp, cheese bites, garlic bread and a bunch of dipping sauces. Yes, please!
But in addition to that, the charismatic Mike Columbo dishes up special succulents in a small corner of the bar.
With a ticket purchased from your server, you can enjoy three tacos for $2 (hard or soft shell, hand-made) on Tuesdays; barbecue ribs, chicken and fixin’s (such as coleslaw) for $6.99 on Wednesdays; hamburgers, hot dogs and fixin’s for $5.99 on Fridays; and all-you-can-eat king crab for $19.99 on Saturdays. I mean, come on — Sea Galley ain’t got nothing on that.
And that’s not all. That’s not even close to all.
While you’re munching and saving green, a house country band entertains in the downstairs bar on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. If music isn’t your thing, try your hand at trivia night on Tuesdays or (even better) sports trivia night on Thursdays.
But wait, there’s more: Each week, Eddie’s features a beer special, which means special brews run only $2.50 a pint instead of the regular $4.50. Who cares what kind it is; that’s a good deal to me.
True, Eddie’s isn’t new, it’s not hip and it doesn’t have a martini bar. But it has something that draws you in a way that no other place does. Which is why it’s usually packed after 7 on weeknights and filled — upstairs and downstairs — on the weekends too.
Plus, this bar just plain doesn’t discriminate. You can walk in wearing leather chaps or a prom dress, and no one’s going to give you the stink-eye. They might look you over, but they won’t judge. That’s a rare thing to find, even in Anchorage. And it’s a comfortable place, above all. Heading to Eddie’s is like slipping on that old pair of jeans after work with an audible sigh of relaxation.
Plus, the tunes are always hopping. “They’re playing old-school Salt-n-Pepa,” my sister was stoked to notice on our previous visit. And for me, Eddie is indeed a mighty good man.
Eddie’s Sports Bar
Location: 6300 Old Seward Highway
Hours: 10 a.m.-2:30 a.m. daily. Kitchen open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday