Doug Vandegraft moved to Alaska in 1983 after graduating college and found himself in the wild-west-style bar scene in Anchorage. Nearly two decades later, he officially began conducting research on the Alaskan bars he found to be unique.
A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska details the rich history and atmosphere of 132 noteworthy Alaskan bars, based on Vandegraft's 14 years of research. Many of these bars have been in business since the end of prohibition in 1933 and have gained legendary repute in their communities and beyond. These bars have become integral to Alaskan culture: today, some Alaskan bars double as community centers or even churches! Despite stricter laws regarding alcohol sale and consumption, Alaska’s bars remain notorious in many ways.