What does the combination of one delicious dinner, a fancy drink at a bar and one Broadway play make? A recipe for an awesome night out on the town, obviously! Anchorage’s downtown scene has come a long way from the old-fashioned “Main Street” appearance it had in the 1960s. Fourth Avenue is still the hot spot for restaurants, bars and retail shops, but so are Fifth and Sixth and all the lettered streets in between. With the PFD Sale and Fall/Winter special rates happening right now at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel & Conference Center, we are perfectly equipped to help plan a memorable night out!
Within a mile radius from the Anchorage Westmark Hotel are the Anchorage Museum, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and a slew of dinning establishments that will fill hungry stomachs with gourmet wood-fired pizza, oysters by the glass, wholesome sandwiches, delectable desserts and locally brewed or distilled libations served up in style. There are also new artist galleries, shops and independent retail boutiques that host monthly art shows with First Friday Art Walk receptions.
While outdoor activities wind down a bit during winter, the cultural scene kicks it up a notch. This month, the PAC wrapped up a successful run of Broadway’s Les Misérables and is getting the stage ready for its next big musicals — Sister Act and Million Dollar Quartet — that are part of an exciting lineup of performances slated for this winter and spring. Now through Jan. 11, the nearby Anchorage Museum’s special exhibit Brick by Brick explores the creative potential of LEGO® toys and bricks and has several fun interactive stations and LEGO® brick workshop areas that anyone with a hint of affinity for design or construction will enjoy. A more intimate experience at Cyrano’s Theater Company — a box theater just two blocks north of the Westmark Hotel — is currently playing an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.
You could also skip the cultural events and end your dinner with a moonlit stroll along the scenic coastal trail that will soon be covered in snow and groomed for cross-country or skate skiing.
In the wise words of Petula Clark:
“The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown where all the lights are bright,
Downtown, waiting for you tonight,
Downtown, you’re gonna be alright now.”
Treat yourself to night on the town in Anchorage!