Bellingham trivia nights

Trivia teams typically have  four to six players, and each player contributes a buck or two toward the  jackpot. Variations abound, so check in with the venue to confirm their particulars. And plan to show up early to grab a table for your team.

This list reflects recurring bouts, but there are often one-off themed trivia nights. Keep an eye on the calendar for those.

Sunday

Greene’s Corner
2208 James St.
5:30pm

Archer Ale House
1212 10th St.
6:30pm, host Will Canepa

Best Buds Gaming Lounge
1121 MacKenzie Ave
Nerd Trivia at 8pm

Monday

Honey Moon
1053 N. State St. (alley side)
True Crime trivia at 7pm

Kulshan Brewing Company
2238 James St.
7pm, alternating hosts Justin Smith and Rob Coiner

Rook and Rogue
206 Magnolia
7pm

The Racket
1220 N. State St.
9:30pm, Entertainment Trivia with Crystal McInytre

Paws for a Beer
501 Harris Ave.
6pm

Culture Cafe
210 E. Chestnut
8pm with host Randall Ragsdale

Tuesday

Village Inn and Pub
3020 Northwest Ave.
7pm with Vanessa Vortex

Pizza’zza Fairhaven
1501 12th St.
7:30pm, first and third Tuesdays

Uisce Irish Pub
1319 Commercial St.
Trivia for the Masses most Tuesdays, movie trivia on the last Tuesday of the month. Both at 8pm.

Wednesday

Slo Pitch Sports Grill
3720 Meridian St.
7pm

Kulshan K2 
1538 Kentucky St.
7pm with Jen Castaldo

McKay’s Taphouse
1118 E Maple St.
7:30pm

B-Town Kitchen
714 Lakeway Dr.
7pm

Thursday

Stone’s Throw Brewing
1009 Larabee
7pm

 

Updated for Fall 2018

Weekender: Bellingham events for September 21-23

Commercial Street Night Market

This is the last Night Market of the season, and it’s gonna be a doozy. Bike polo, sea shantys, a climbing wall, and karaoke, alongside local vendors and the Uisce beer garden. Friday from 6pm-10pm on Commercial Street between Magnolia and Holly.

SeaFeast

The name kinda says it all unless you, like me, see “SeaBeast,” in which case we will both *probably* be disappointed. SeaFeast encompasses a huge array of activities, so be sure to check their website for complete info. In a nutshell, there’s poetry, art, and film downtown on and seafood galore at the harbor on Friday.  Saturday brings demonstrations, activities, music and, of course, more food.  Friday noon-11, Saturday 10am-8pm, various locations.

Your Vote Counts Block Party

Indivisible is throwing a party, and you’re invited! Grab a brew at the beer garden and chat with the candidates and reps from organizations tabling the event. There’ll be music and dance, and you can even register to vote. Sunday 1pm-3pm at Depot Square Market.

Lyrics Born with Bukue One and All Star Opera

I like it, I love it! Bay area rapper and “serial collaborator” Lyrics Born always puts on a great show, full of melodic funk. He’s touring in support of a new album, Quite a Life, and supported by Seattle hiphop collective All Star Opera and fellow California veteran Bukue One. Sure to be a sweaty good time. Sunday 9pm at the Wild Buffalo.

For a full list of the weekend’s events, see the Bellingham on Tap calendar.

 

Weekender for September 14-16

Sippin’ on Cider: A Bellingham Cider Tasting Festival

Lost Giants Cider is hosting Sippin’ on Cider, a festival to benefit Shifting Gears. There’ll be nine cideries participating, plus food trucks, music, outdoor living rooms, games, and a photo booth. $25 at the door gets you all that, an 8 ounce tasting glass, and three fill-ups. Friday, 6pm-10pm, 1200 Meador Ave.

Maneken Hand, Dreadful Children, Gallowmaker ItchyKitty, Adventur

Waterfront music booker and N7E Records founder Robby Cleary died unexpectedly this week. This would have been a great show in any event, but now it’s also a chance to honor the memory of a true and tireless punk believer. Waterfront Tavern, 521 Holly St., Saturday at 9pm, $7.

Cascadia Skillshare and Barter Gathering

Go up the country and learn “practical new-fangled and old-timey skills. Bee keeping, yarn spinning, native plant foods, fermentation, gardening wisdoms, livestock care, food preservation and much more.” There’ll be hourly classes and a field to barter your stuff in, plus music, food and beer.  Admission is $20 a day or $35 for both days, and you can camp Saturday night for an extra $10. Saturday/Sunday, 10am-5pm, on north Lake Whatcom at 2582 North Shore Rd.

Catch them while you can: the markets of summer’s end

by June Hathaway

Never mind the thermometer – the truth is, summer is slip-slidin’ away. Fortunately for those of us who spent the past couple of months hiding in darkened rooms, there’s still time to experience Bellingham’s seasonal outdoor markets (the OG Downtown Farmers Market at Chestnut and Railroad runs year-round). Find our local markets below, listed in order of time left to get your butt over there before they wrap up for the season.

In town

Fairhaven Farmers Market
Wednesdays through August, 3pm-7pm at 10th and Mill (map).
The Downtown Farmers Market’s chill little sister features fresh local produce arrayed under the shady pergolas that ring the Fairhaven Village Green’s sunny lawn. There’s live music from 4-6, making it a lively spot for a midweek picnic.

The Barkley Market
Wednesdays through August, 11am-6pm at Barkley Village (map)
The northeast side shopping-center-slash-office-park livens up the workweek with a Wednesday market offering food trucks and lawn games from 11am-2pm, mini farmer’s market 4pm-6pm.

Birchwood International Market
Last Fridays through September, 6pm-10pm at Park Manor Shopping Center aka Old Albertson’s (map)
No doubt folks in Birchwood, part of the city’s largest food desert, would rather have a grocery store. But since Albertson’s hasn’t released its death grip on their old store location even now that they’ve sold it, residents will make the most of this neighborhood market with craft vendors, food trucks, and music in the meantime.

Farther afield

While Bellingham proper is home to a few urban farms, most of the produce you’ll see at markets comes from farms in the rural areas surrounding the city. These community markets get you even closer to the source.

Lynden Farmers Market
Saturdays through September, 10am-2pm at Centennial Park (map)
Produce, handmade toys, and more, just a short walk from the Jansen Arts Center and the delightfully old-timey Pioneer Museum, which will have free admission on September 22.

Edison Farmers Market
Sundays through September, 10am-2pm at the Edison Granary (map)
Check out the goods at the farmers market, and then explore tiny Edison, the manic pixie dream girl of towns-that-don’t-officially-exist.

Ferndale Farmers Market
Fridays, 3pm-7pm through October 5 at Centennial Riverwalk Park (map)

In addition to a weekly bounty of local eats and goods, you’ll find a monthly flea market here on September 14 and October 5.

 

Bellingham food trucks A-Z (okay, A-W)

by June Hathaway

Food trucks are like the craft breweries of Bellingham grub on the go – they’re trendy, they’re local, and there’s a new one every time you turn around. In fact, the local food truck scene has grown by piggybacking on the proliferation of brewpubs, as the mobile eateries allow  kitchen-less breweries to keep hungry patrons bellied up to the bar.

While not all of these fit the classic food truck mold – the taco trucks pretty much stay in one place, and Mile Pie Club is bicycle-based – they all provide satisfying to-go eats. The links will take you to each truck’s Facebook page, where you can see their upcoming locations.

A Que Tacos

Back East BBQ

Bare Bones BBQ

Big Stick BBQ

Big Trouble Dumplings

Chow Gourmet Hot Dogs

Cicchitti’s Pizza

Cubano Cubano Sandwiches

El Tule Tacos

El Tapatio Tacos

Hot Mess Cheese Steaks

JT’s Smokin’ BBQ

Mile Pie Club

Mouth Hole Chicken and Waffles + Sandwiches

New Public Cafe Plant-based Eats

Ovn Wood Fired Pizza

Sage Against the Machine Vegan Eats

Simmering Tava Organic Indian Food

Something Cheezy Grilled Sandwiches

Streat Food Burgers and Sandwiches

Super Mario’s Salvadoran Food

Tacos Tecalitlan

Weeny Bunz Hot Dogs

 

 

Comings and goings: Old friends edition

Tonight we say goodbye to two old friends, and Oh Hey! to another. Note that if you have been blessed with stamina today, you could do both of these things.

Long-time ‘hamsters, musicans and all-around cool guys Peadar MacMahon and Bradley Leckron are packing up and moving to Ireland. Say goodbye at Menace Brewing tonight at 7pm, where Peadar and the Black Lung Canaries will be playing a farewell show.

In other news, Jordan Rain, aka DJ Yogoman, has been kickin’ it in Texas for some time now. Yogoman’s back, and he brought Reggae Night with him. Dance and say hello at Boscoe’s, tonight and every Monday night at 9pm.

–June Hathaway

Washington Beer Awards 2018: Bellingham kicks ass

by June Hathaway

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are, and take our local breweries for granted. Good thing the Washington Beer Awards are here to remind us! Here are the Bellingham (and thereabouts) breweries that brought home medals from the 2018 awards.

Aslan Brewing

Gold

American-Style Stouts: American Stout

Specialty Saisons:Justice Temple

Bronze

Berliner-Style Weisses: Disco Lemonade

Atwood Ales (Blaine)

Best Washington Malt Beer: Triticale

Gold

Herb & Spice Beers:  Mo’s Saison

Chuckanut Brewery

Gold

Vienna-Style Lagers: Chuckanut Vienna Lager

Other German Amber Beers: Chuckanut Marzen

Silver

Bohemian style pilsner: Chuckanut Pilsner

Bronze

German Dark Lagers: Chuckanut Dunkel

International Lagers: Chuckanut Mexican Lager

Bocks and Doppelbocks: Chuckanut Doppelbock

Kulshan Brewing

Gold

Other American-Style Lagers: Amber Lager

Bocks and Doppelbocks: Kulshan Maibock

Irish Red Ales: Red Cap

Belgian Strong Ales: Belgian Golden Strong

Silver

German-style Pilsner: Kulshan Pilsner

Melvin Brewing

Gold

American-Style Strong Pale Ales: Tiger Style

Silver

Strong Porters: Melixor Baltica

North Fork Brewery (Deming)

Bronze

Abbey-Inspired Ales: Brother Crazy John

Belgian Fruit Beers: No. 13 Baby

Stones Throw Brewery

Bronze

English Pale Ales: Flat Penny Pale

Wander Brewing

Large Brewery of the Year

Gold

Irish Stouts: Correspondent

Belgian Ales: Wanderale

Berliner-Style Weisses: Foeder-Aged Berliner Weiss

Silver

Wood & Barrel Aged Beers: Wild Warehouse

Bronze

Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers: Plum Bob
German-style Pilsners: Doglost

Downtown Bellingham Happy Hour – every Thursday in March

I’m just gonna share this announcement from the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, who have done a wonderful thing in putting this together:

“$6 craft cocktails! | $5 wines! | $4 beers! | 1/2 off apps! Every Thursday in March from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Simple as that!

Join us for Downtown Bellingham’s first-ever Happy Hour Thursdays, a full month of amazing happy hour specials at some of Bellingham’s best bars and restaurants.

RSVP to keep updated on the deliciously discounted bevies and snacks coming to you soon, all at:
Bayou on Bay
Black Sheep on Holly
Camber
Casa Que Pasa
Cosmos Bistro
Grand Avenue Alehouse
Horseshoe Cafe
Hundred North
La Fiamma :: Wood-Fire Pizza
The Local Public House
Old World Deli
The Orion
The Racket – Bar & Pinball Lounge
Redlight
Rook & Rogue Board Game Pub
Uisce Irish Pub
Vinostrology”

Bellingham breweries offer tours and more for Washington Beer Open House, February 24

The Washington Beer Open House is a chance meet local brewers, get a peek at the means of production, and sample some tasty brews.

Yes, it’s cold and crappy out, but if you get your crew together and trade off Uber fares, you can spend your whole day in a succession of toasty pubs. Participating breweries are listed below.

Aslan Brewing: Self guided tours with the owners and head brewer available to answer any questions you might have. Check out the newly upgraded brewhouse, and take home an exclusive Aslan Brew Process sheet.

Chuckanut Brewery: Tours will be held at 12 noon and 1:30 pm. All ages are welcome; kitchen will be serving food starting at 11 am. Meet the brewers and learn more about award winning Chuckanut beers.

Illuminati Brewing Company: Tours of brewery/winery facility at noon, 2pm, and 4pm Release of “Hammer of the Gods” Scotch Ale aged in Highland Scotch Whisky barrels.

Kulshan Brewing (both locations): Both taprooms, Sunnyland and Roosevelt, will have beer tastings, food, games, giveaways, and brewery tours. Learn about small-batch beers at the Sunnyland location and canning and production at the K2 Roosevelt location.

Stones Throw Brewery: Tours of the brewery, which has been built in shipping containers, at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm . The owners will tell of the disreputable history of the property, the sustainable building process, and, of course, how they make their beer. Tours will end with tastes straight from the tanks for those who purchased $2 tasters. Family-friendly, dog-friendly.

Wander Brewing: Brewery and Barrel Den tour at 2pm (shown in the pic up top).

Bellingham bar specials and events for Friday

Friday fun in Bellingham, updated weekly.

Bellingham events for Friday

Paint Your Pup at Paws for a Beer, 6pm

Threefer at Culture Cafe, 7pm

Sonja Lee Band at Skylark’s, 8pm

Selena with Mark Williams at Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 8pm

Caitlin Jemma at Honey Moon, 8:30pm

Karaoke with host Seamus O’Carey at the Village Inn Pub, 9pm

Karaoke at El Gitano, 9pm

Crystal Method at the Wild Buffalo, 9pm

Bass Invasion at Boscoe’s, 9pm

Sean Hayes at the Shakedown, 10pm

HIERZ at Culture Cafe, 11pm

Bellingham bar specials for Friday

Casa Que Pasa: $6 Hornitos refreshers.

Chuckanut Brewery: $8 liter steins.

Cocoanut Grove: 6oz. New York Steak Caesar Salad $7.75, domestic bottled beer $2.50.

Rumors Cabaret: $4 Long Island iced teas, $6 double wells, $4 Long Beach Iced teas 9-midnight.

Scotty Brown’s: $3 off pitchers of beer.