Security video shows the big bruin walking down the sidewalk and making a turn toward the hotel entrance at 167 S. Franklin St.
"As soon as the bear got to the bar door, it made a left and walked in like it wanted to have a beer," Hotel and Bar Manager C. Scott Fry said.
But Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy, the experienced night-shift barmaid with a sharp eye for troublemakers, wanted nothing to do with a customer looking every bit like trouble.
"No bear! Get out! No! You can't be in here!" she shouted.
The hotel video shows the bruin stopping in its tracks upon Svetlik-McCarthy's command, making a quick U-turn and then returning into the Alaskan night.
No one was hurt in the incident—unless you count the bear's feelings.
When asked to comment about the incident later, Svetlik-McCarthy said that besides looking like a potential troublemaker, the bruin appeared to be too young to come into a liquor establishment, anyway.