Bridging the bar scene

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Flattop Pizza and Pool adds new vibe to downtown nightlife

Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse has expanded its downtown dining-and-drinking domain with the addition of Flattop Pizza and Pool. Its corner location at Sixth Avenue and F Street is prime downtown real estate, formerly housing the Humpy’s merchandise shop.

Sisters Erin (left) and Katie Pesznecker at the grand opening of Flattop Pizza and Pool. Katie Pesznecker

Sisters Erin (left) and Katie Pesznecker at the grand opening of Flattop Pizza and Pool. Katie Pesznecker

Humpy’s is an enduring, big and busy downtown institution. It’s known for its dependability: live nightly entertainment, big screens airing the most relevant sports, and solid pub food like fish and chips and steak fries. Just around the corner, its little-sister spin-off, SubZero Microlounge, has carved out a more subdued and stylish niche.

Now Flattop cobbles the two vibes together: It blends a laid-back atmosphere and austere and retro metropolitan styling. Exposed metal ceiling beams, a sleek black bar top, concrete-looking flooring and a red brick wall backing the bar all add to the very urban décor.

Flattop opened June 1 and officially celebrated its grand opening with a lively street party and concert on a sunny late-July evening, crowned by a rowdy performance by favorite local rock band Delmag. I stopped by for music, drinks and to sample the food.

The wedge salad’s buffalo blue cheese dressing packs a punch, topped with juicy bacon and tomato ($9). Try the cute pepperoni rolls ($9), yummy doughy bites with cheese, topped with crisped pepperoni discs – a perfect late-night bite. The Anchortown Pizza ($14, medium) didn’t disappoint, with its tasty medley of chicken, garlic ranch sauce and cheeses.

Flattop offers a full bar and a bevy of Alaska brews, in step with Humpy’s reputation for supporting the state’s breweries. The menu also includes a homemade ice cream sandwich and an intriguing “beer float” – Kassik’s Roughneck Stout with a scoop of vanilla ice cream ($8).

Flattop’s four pool tables cost between $5 and $15 per hour depending on the day and time. Flattop isn’t incredibly spacious, and late-night pub-crawlers jockeying for drinks and placing pizza orders could easily encroach on the space around the pool tables, making that $15 a bit of a steep ask. We’ll see how that goes.

Overall, Flattop has the pedigree and location to position it for success. Sandwiched between the Performing Arts Center and the Dena’ina Convention Center, it’s an ideal spot for a bite and beverage before an event. Order pizza, sip a beer, sit at one of the many stools that line the floor-to-ceiling windows, and enjoy one of Anchorage’s newest hot spots.

 

Sneak preview

The bar business is fickle, and it’s hard to say what will succeed and fail. Keep an eye out for upcoming mega-contender Fat Ptarmigan, expected to open at Fifth Avenue and E Street this month. Its chef and owner is Guy Conley, formerly chief culinary creator at Ginger. Look for Guy to raise the bar on pizza. He’s using artisanal Italian ingredients, house-made mozzarella, his own pickled vegetables, the freshest available ingredients and a wood-fired oven. Wash that deliciousness down with 16 on-tap beers – nearly all of them Alaskan.

Another newbie to the restaurant ring: Yes Bistro in East-ish Anchorage, at Bragaw Street and DeBarr Road. If Flattop and Fat Ptarmigan are destined to thrive, Yes has some roadblocks – a weird name, awkward location, lack of a liquor license and a high-priced menu for the neighborhood. But Yes boasts many positives, too: a chic, remodeled interior, an amazing sunny patio, very capable staff and a simple but delicious menu. So, if someone invites you to try Yes? Don’t say no. ◆

 

Flattop Pizza + Pool

Address: 600 W. Sixth Ave., Anchorage

Phone: 677-7665

Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, noon-2 a.m.

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