Incredibly, the Days of '98 Show has been playing since 1927 in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall No. 25, at 6th Avenue and Broadway (tel. 907/983-2545). The tradition carries on each summer with actors imported from all over the United States, doing at least two shows a day (10:30am and 2:30pm) during the summer, and sometimes as many as four. If you can catch an evening show, you can check out an hour of mock gambling at a casino run by the actors before the curtain. The actual performances, which last 1 hour, include singing, cancan dancing, a reading of Robert Service's humorous period poetry, and the story of the shooting of Soapy Smith. All shows are $22, and evening showtimes vary depending upon the cruise ship schedules. Children 12 and under are charged half price.
The Red Onion Saloon, at 2nd Avenue and Broadway, plays up its gold-rush history, with costumed waitresses wearing corsets. It was a brothel originally -- what wasn't in this town? -- and mock madams offer a brief but fun and interesting "brothel museum" upstairs. The tour costs $5. The saloon often has live acoustic music. It closes in winter.
The Skagway Brewing Company, at 7th Avenue and Broadway, is a brewpub serving many beers made on-site, as well as a long menu of sandwiches, soup, and bar food. The simple food is quite good: pasta, burgers, salads, and hand-cut fries. Happy hour is popular here: in an attractive barroom with high tables and pub chairs, with a well-stocked bar and popular local beer.
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