Food and Drink

The Buckaroo Club, a Spenard bar scene mainstay, is up for sale

An iconic part of the Spenard bar scene is up for sale.

The Buckaroo Club property on Spenard Road between Benson and Northern Lights boulevards is on the market for $2.8 million. That includes the Buckaroo business and property, the spaces where Pizza Olympia and Bambino's Baby Food are, and the land.

"We've had more interest than what I was anticipating," said Lindsay Holland Sizemore, a real estate licensee with Keller Williams Realty who is working with the owners of the Buckaroo to sell it. She's seen interest "both from people who are looking for a development possibility and from people who are nostalgic and want to keep the pieces of Anchorage where they belong."

The bar's owners, shown in state business license records as Allen G. Cross and Michael M. Bell, were not reachable for comment on Tuesday. They also own the property, which includes the 9,860-square-foot building and 38,250 square feet of land, according to the real estate listing.

When asked whether the other tenants in the property will need to move, Holland Sizemore said it depends on the buyer.

The Craigslist ad for the property touts the Buckaroo Club as one of the oldest bars in Anchorage. The bar was established in 1953. It survived the 1964 earthquake as well as a 1991 fire that gutted the place, according to Anchorage Daily News archives.

A story about that fire referred to the Buckaroo Club as "a legendary working man's watering hole in Spenard," and a "true Alaska bar." Referred to by many simply as "the Buck," the bar has pool, darts and a shuffleboard table and sometimes serves free food.

The property has been listed for 24 days, Holland Sizemore said. The current owners have had it for 20 years, she said. When asked why they want to sell, she cited "different phases in people's lives."

Annie Zak

Annie Zak was a business reporter for the ADN between 2015 and 2019.