Exploring Homer, Alaska: the Salty Dawg Saloon

by Janis on August 30, 2011

Last week I made a three-day visit to Homer, Alaska – a city on the Kenai Peninsula immortalized in Tom Bodett’s As Far As You Can Go Without A Passport: The View From The End Of The Road.  

A popular bumper sticker describes the town as “˜Homer – A quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem.’ The iconic Salty Dawg Saloon seemed the best place to check out this theory.  

Visiting Homer, Alaska: the Salty Dawg Saloon

One of the oldest buildings on the Homer Spit, part of the Salty Dawg started out as an early homestead cabin built in 1897.  Through the years, this cabin grew into more buildings serving a variety of functions ranging from a post office/railroad station/school/grocery to offices for coal mining and Standard Oil.

In 1957, the buidling was converted to the Salty Dawg Saloon. After the devastating March 1964 “˜Good Friday’ earthquake reshaped Homer’s Spit, the building was moved to its current location.

Every Surface Covered in Money

When you walk into the bar, green décor overwhelms. Signed dollar bills cover every surface.  Once a year, some of the money is removed and donated to local charities.

Friendly Bartenders Welcome Tourists and Locals

Exceptional Bloody Mary’s

The house “Salty Dog” drink is vodka and grapefruit juice, but the Bloody Mary’s are another delicious popular choice.

To learn more of the history and traditions, check out this video.

Have you visited the Salty Dawg Saloon?   

If you want to learn more about Homer, check out these books:

Check out these other Alaska posts:

Exploring Anchorage, Alaska: Binky the Polar Bear and the Alaska Zoo

Exploring Homer, Alaska: the Pratt Museum

22 Fun Facts You Might Want to Know About Alaska

Visiting Alaska? 5 Books to Read

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