If you somehow woke up inside the Ranger Station, it would be easy to believe you were actually inside a ranger station. The tiny and rustic Hawthorne District bar looks very much like a Roosevelt-era public works cabin, from the picnic-table-style wooden benches to slatted lawn chairs. Framed topographic maps and acoustic guitars hang from the walls, and a malfunctioning stove hood provides a cool draft from the kitchen. It's a decidedly simple place. There's probably at least one snow-bound Alaskan ranger with a larger liquor cabinet than this pub, where the most exotic offerings are a few bottles of top-shelf whiskey, fernet and three types of flavored Pinnacle vodka. The taps are limited to standard sports-bar offerings—Cavatica stout, Lost Coast tangerine wheat and Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. But there's a pleasing warmth to the space and a full lineup of shows, mostly bluegrass, with jazz on Sundays and the very occasional rock band.
Happy hour: $3 draft beers until 7 pm, and the food menu brings things full circle with an elk burger and s'mores.
Entertainment: Go out on the patio, or explore the weird back halls, full of funny little doors, that you must enter to reach the restroom.