Filled with things to do, this bar has drawn a crowd since the 50s. Dark and smoky (usually), it has shuffleboard, pool table ... More
Filled with things to do, this bar has drawn a crowd since the 50s. Dark and smoky (usually), it has shuffleboard, pool table and dartboards with a new, younger crowd rushing the door on weekends. The flocking clientele seems to agree with the motto of "almost perfect bartenders." With only a jukebox playing in this place, its popularity is a little surprising, but its location makes it a prime stop on a downtown barhopping evening. There is no cover charge and no food service offered.
OMG! I love the red head female bartender (never asked her name) and V's personality. Those two are above and beyond and always remember you when you return and what you drink. They always have something to talk about. Great conversation.
I went on a travel assignment from January 2011 thru July 2011. I relocated back to Globe, Arizona and let me tell you I wished I was back in Anchorage because I really miss their company. Good bartenders are few and far between.
Need to open a bar here in Az. and bring them for the winter months to tend bar. Lol! When I found out the owner was from Glendale, Arizona I felt a sense of home. Regrets I didn't buy a damn shirt. Hopefully I can purchase a shirt over the phone. I Love the Pioneer Bar friendly atmosphere. Five Star Fun. Always worth the time and money.
Angi, Globe, Az.
I saw no Drama. Lol!
I have been to this bar on several occasions the bouncers have gone down hill they all act like they have something to prove mostly that they are big and bad and want to be feared. They treat customers very poorly. These bouncers literally bounce and push people customers around for no reason. Couple of weekend's ago I witnessed the bipolar bartender by the name of V punch a female customer in her face twice because she was waiting for her mom to come out of the bathroom at bar close. The entire pioneer staff stood by and not only allowed this but encouraged him for it. Made me sick to my stomach. So beware ladies for the women beaters at pioneer
I have been going there for four years now, met the manager last night, show refused to give me his name after he took my drink and said I had to leave... the problem? I asked for a drink with cherries in it, the drink came with none, I asked to have some and he stuffed his dirty hand into the cherry tray and trew them into my drink... I asked for another drink.... he took what I had and threw me out! No recourse, no discussion.... I had been there maybe 1 1/5 hours... tipped well previously..... never going there again! What a dickless little sh@t!!!! Would not give his name, or the owners name, called himself the "manager".... I am a professional airline pilot, nver cause trouble... not worth it, enjoying a few cocktails by myself and this guy sticks his dirty hands into my drink and thinks I should accept it? NOT H1N1 among other reasons.....
The atmosphere in "The Pio" is incredible! 95% of the people who are running around are all about having a great time...the other 5% are singled out and removed. This is by far the best bar downtown for many reasons i.e. great staff, stiff drinks, badass jukebox and a young vibrant crowd. This is definitely the place to start & end the night!
With a group of 6 or more, anyone in the service industry knows when to put on the charm and earn that tip. There was none in the musclebound meatheads behind the bar at "The Pio". I havn't been in the place in a couple years and wish I had read the most recent review before I ended up humiliated amongst my party of 6 or more. Apparantly you can only order when the bartender has time for you. And if your ordering a round for your friends, be ready to act like the bartender and memorize all the drinks before you take your order to the real bartender. Apparently they don't have time or maybe its the brain capacity to take orders for more than 2 drinks. Theres plenty of other holes in the walls in downtown Anchorage.
I am used to going in there and seeing a lot of people I know which is nice. Unfortunately in the last couple of years the help, a.k.a. "the bouncers" have really put a damper on the relaxing atmosphere the Pioneer Bar or as we locals call it "The Pio" used to offer. They try to act tough and push their weight around a little too much in a town filled with people who in some way or another know you or someone you know. Not to mention what's the guy to girl ratio on average in that bar. Most of us know were headed there to meet up with a friend, grab a drink and then go somewhere BETTER. I personally liked it better when it was smoky. Now all you smell is the urinal. Hire some women bar tenders at night when it really counts and maybe you'll keep up with the real bars in town! OMG that dudefest is so lame and it might as well be labeled as Anchorage's new Mad Myrna's.
Great place to spend all of your time while in Anchorage. Lots of good people more or less live here. Bartenders never forget what I drink even if I am gone for a year or so.
Don't wase your time sight seeing all over the state when you can go to the Pioneer and enjoy all the sights yon could hope to see.
Very friendly atmosphere. I flew into ANC on Thanksgiving several years back from Hong Kong, my operating flight was cancelled and I could not make it home. I walked several blocks and found the Pioneer. After I sat and had several beers people started coming in with dishes of food, they closed off the shuffle board table and lined it with all the Thanksgiving favorites. I thought to myself that this was either a private party or pre-paid ticket. Several of the locals told me to go and grab a plate. I asked the Bartender how much I needed to pay and he said "nothing, it's free. Happy Thanksgiving".
To this day, that is one of my most memorable and favorite Thanksgivings.
Of the many times I have been to Anchorage, the locals show the traditional "Southern Hospitality". They are friendly, courtious and outgoing. For the Pioneer Bar, the patrons and staff uphold the "Traditional Southern Hospitality" attitude.
The Pioneer Bar has something for everyone. Pool tables, dart boards and shuffle board bring the age groups AND the sexes together. Great time, everytime!! The atmosphere will entertain, whatever the mood. Great prices and service provide for an unforgettable evening. Awesome place to go on St. Patricks Day + most other holidays.
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