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A Haines Landmark

The Bamboo Room and Pioneer Bar is a landmark restaurant and bar located in a century old building in the heart of downtown Haines. It has been family owned and operated for 64 years. With a large, sunny apartment above, it would make an exciting live-work

space for entrepreneurs.

A Famed Haines Destination

The Pioneer Bar is known for its colorful history as Lou LaMoore's combination bar, brothel and bootlegging concern during Prohibition for the benefit of troops stationed at nearby Fort William H. Seward. Today, it is a contemporary, vibrant place where people share a drink, shoot pool, watch sporting events, unleash their talents at Open Mic Night, dance to music by bands from all around the world, and, most importantly, have a good time.

An American diner with a “best seafood dive” reputation
It all started with a bamboo curtain in 1953 to separate it from the The Pioneer Bar, which was purchased in 1953 by Marty Tengs, an iron worker who moved from Eugene, Oregon to Alaska in 1940. Owned and operated by Marty’s daughter Christy and her husband Bob Fowler since 1991, the Bamboo Room Restaurant is now known far and wide as serving the best halibut fish and chips in Alaska.

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Above the Bamboo Room

A large apartment with great light and 3000 square feet of living space overlooking Main Street. It is currently designed as a family home with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large master en-suite, a sunny kitchen with plenty of prep area and cabinetry, an office/laundry room, and two distinct open areas that serve as a media center for the kids and an office/living area for the adults.

Pioneer Bar and Bamboo Room Restaurant 

$990,000 (includes Beverage Dispensary License, value $250K)

History

The Business

A Notorious Past

Originally constructed in the 1890's, this 7,655 SF building has stories to tell—as the Hotel de France in 1907 specializing in French cuisine, as the well-to-do prostitute Lou LaMoore's Pioneer Beer Parlour that served as a dance hall downstairs and a brothel upstairs beginning in 1933, as the Pioneer Cocktail Lounge in 1943, and eventually as the Pioneer Bar, which was purchased in 1953 by Marty Tengs. Leasing the south side of the building to Fran Fox, she opened a restaurant and called it The Bamboo Room in reference to the bamboo curtain that separated it from the bar. It has been the home and sole business of the Tengs family since 1954. 63 years serving the community of Haines.

"You're a Stranger Here But Once"

The Pioneer Bar and Bamboo Restaurant is an iconic bar and restaurant located in a century old building in the heart of downtown Haines. It is on the Alaska Marine Ferry route, the Alaska Highway system and within two blocks of Haines' two largest hotels. It is open year round. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and also has a catering business. The bar is full-service, with televisions, pool tables, and a juke box. It is also known as the premier venue for live music year round.

Our Community

Located on a peninsula at the upper end of the Lynn Canal, Haines is a small town of 2500 residents who revere the history and pristine wilderness of one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It is considered one of the best small towns in America and has been featured in National Geographic Explorer's "Top Ten Places to Live," Outside Magazine's "Top Twenty," and USA Today's "Top Ten Places with Big Back Yards." It is often featured on Discovery Channel's Gold Rush, National Geographic Wild's Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet, and DIY's Building Alaska. When people visit Haines, many remark "Why did it take me so long to come here?" And then they inquire about real estate.

Customer Reviews

"The best fish & chips I have had in our travels throughout the 50 states! Excellent!!"

"Stays open year round. A favorite of locals has great food and comfortable bar. Staff are very nice."

"Fabulous Time and a Must ! when visiting Haines !! Will be back again !!!"

Greeley, Colorado

Diana S

Lori Forsythe