Bellingham Nightlife News

Rook and Rogue closing at end of year

The owners of Rook and Rogue Game Pub have announced that December 31 will be their last day of operations unless a buyer comes forward. The bar has apparently been running at a loss for its entire run.

Saturday night karaoke at Red Rum

Red Rum has added a second Freaky Tiki Karaoke night, so now you can sing in its tropical environs on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Station Social House closed

Observers recently happened upon the body of the Station Social House. The establishment had apparently been dead for some time, unnoticed.

Late-night industry happy hour at the Cabin

The Cabin is now open nightly until 2am, with happy hour prices plus $5 Fernet shots for fellow bar kids.

L&L Libations open

Leaf & Ladle’s bar annex, L&L Libations, has opened one door south of the restaurant. They’re open daily at 4pm.

Bellingham Halloweekend, Part 1

by June Hathaway

It’s time for Halloween, round one. With the holiday falling on a Thursday, you might expect the festivities to cluster on the weekend after. But Halloween is a season now, so we get two weekends of horrible hijinks. (This isn’t a comprehensive listing of spooky events – there’s too much going on for that! See every single accursed adult activity at the Bellingham on Tap Events Calendar.)

Ready? Let’s dive in.

Bleedingham Horror Movie Festival

For the eighth year, Bleedingham celebrates homegrown horror.

The Night Gallery
Friday 5-10pm at the Majestic, free/by donation

Bleedingham’s opening night party features a delightfully dark and otherworldly gathering of artists, crafters, writers, ghost hunters, tarot, and more.

Movie Screenings
Best Feature: Saturday 3pm at the Limelight, $9
International Films and Creepy Cornucopia (shorts): Sunday 1:15pm at the Pickford, $11

Halloween Spirit Walk

Friday 5:30-9pm, Barkley Village, tickets $40

Celebrate the season with spirits from ten different regional distilleries, a haunted outdoor beer garden, and live music from Tom Petty tribute band Petty or Not.

Haunted House at Boundary Bay

Friday and Saturday at Boundary Bay Brewery, $5 for 6-9pm all ages version, $10 for super scary 21+ version from 9-11pm

The 5th annual Nightmare on Railroad in the Boundary Bay Brewery FEAR Garden benefits the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY).

Make.Shift Halloween Cover Show V: The Final Showdown

Friday 6:30pm, at Make.Shift, $10

The last ever Make.Shift Halloween Cover Show (sobs).

3rd Annual Beastly, Frightful, Unspeakably Spooky Circus of Doom

Friday 7pm (21+). Saturday 6pm (all ages) and Saturday 9pm (21+,) Sunday 4pm (all ages), at the Cirque Lab, $18 advance (12 hours prior to show) $23 at door.

Hosted by Deanna Fleysher of Butt Kapinski fame, this show aims to tickle your funny bone and give you the heebie-jeebies.

Lounge Hard: Lushy Trio and the Di Young Combo

by June Hathaway

Making plans for the weekend? This is Western Washington University’s back-to-school week, and there’s a lot going on!

You could go hard at the Back 2 Bellingham festival, a three-night untz-travaganza of dance music and blue shots.

But maybe you’re feeling a bit, let’s say, mature for such carryings-on. If that’s the case, head on down to the Red Rum Tiki Lounge this Saturday and lounge hard with Seattle’s Lushy Trio and locals the Di Young Combo.

The Lushy Trio at a tiki bar that is not Red Rum.

The Lushy Trio is the crunchy core of Lushy, a five piece that’s been playing “progressive cocktail” music around the Northwest for two decades. Appearing Saturday are singer Annabella Kirby backed by Matt Nims and Andy Sodt, who’ve played with erstwhile Bellingham bands Applied Science, the Sharx, and Tiny Hat Orchestra.

While Di Young often plays as a two-piece, with singer Diana Young-Blanchard (formerly of the DTs) accompanied by Aaron Smith on guitar, Saturday’s show will include bassist Anna Burl Jull and drummer Stephanie Straight.

With its low lighting, exotic drinks, and decor out of a tropical fever dream, Red Rum is a great place to take in a show. And with a 6pm start time, you can head home afterwards at a sensible adult bedtime. Alternately, you can stay downtown and enjoy the mayhem. Life is full of choices!

Rock the Block: Art Walk, Adult Swim & more

Lace up your walking shoes and polish the schmutz off your sunglasses, because we’ve got a perfect storm of sidewalk mingling coming up.

Thursday, August 1: Rock & Vote

State Street businesses will have food and drink specials, plus voter registration tables, in support of Hollie Huthman, city council candidate and owner of the Racket/Shakedown. It’s all happening in the vicinity of State and Chestnut from 4 to 7pm. At 7:30, pop into the Shakedown to see Hollie’s band, Dryland, with Stereo Donkey opening.

Friday, August 2: Downtown Art Walk

Drink art! See wine! Downtown sidewalks come alive every first Friday for the Downtown Art Walk, and this Friday will be no exception. 6-10pm,

Saturday, August 3: Endless Summer Block Party

Head to Stone’s Throw Brewing in Fairhaven for music from the Brittany Collins Band and Groovebot, food trucks, and, of course, beer. The event is free, but you’ll have the opportunity to toss a few bucks in the direction of Recreation Northwest. 11am-9pm.

Sunday, August 4: Adult Swim Block Party

Gruff Brewing and Boundary Bay Brewery are joining forces to benefit Shifting Gears, and they want to get you wet in the process. To that end, there’ll be squirt guns, bubble machines, water balloons, and slippery yard games. DJs and food trucks will round out the dry side of the bill. Noon-4pm.

Downtown Sounds update -location change for Rebirth Brass Band

Last week’s Downtown Sounds show got doused by a summer downpour. Taking no chances, organizers have moved this week’s show, featuring New Orleans legends the Rebirth Brass Band, to the drier, but still outside-ish, environs of the Depot Market. The aptly named Raincity opens.

Downtown Sounds will be back on Bay Street as usual next Wednesday.

Downtown Sounds, July 17, 5pm
Rebirth Brass Band and Raincity
Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.

Downtown Sounds kicks off tonight with Polecat

Downtown Bellingham Partnership celebrates 15 years of free shows

Happy birthday to Downtown Sounds! My, how you’ve grown. I remember watching the first show set up in the alley next to the Wild Buffalo. Now DTS covers two blocks centered at Bay and Prospect Streets, one of which is 99% beer garden.

In addition to the onsite beer and food vendors, several nearby establishments are offering Downtown Sounds specials this summer.

The Cabin has added a Wednesday night taco night (don’t worry, Thursday is still taco night too!), the Wild Buffalo has half-price wells and drafts/$2 off cocktails until 10pm, and Bayou on Bay has late dinner service, half price refreshers, and $1 oyster shots. And if you just want to hit up happy hour before the show, check out the downtown happy hour list. The Cabin, Temple Bar, Jack’s, and the Grand are all within a block of the action.

Here’s the season lineup. Shows are at Prospect and Bay Streets and start at 5:30pm.

July 10: Polecat & Friends (Bluegrass/Americana)

July 17:  Rebirth Brass Band w/ Raincity (Brass Band/Funk)

July 24: Orchestra Zarabanda w/ Bilongo Quintet & Sabrina Gomez (Salsa/Cuban/Jazz)

July 31: Sepiatonic w/ Analog Brass (Electro-Vaudeville-Dance Party/Brass-House)

August 7: Monophonics w/ Willdabeast (Soul)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off kicks off Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema season on June 22

Here’s the summer lineup for the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. Movies are shown behind Village Books on the Fairhaven Village Green, 10th and Mill. Live entertainment starts at 8:15, movies at dark. BYO chair or blanket. Admission is $5, free for kids under five.

June 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Strangely and Bellowing open

June 29: Spiderman, Into the Spiderverse, Wren & Della open

July 6: Top Gun, The Sweet Goodbyes open

July 13: Bohemian Rhapsody, DJ Westwood opens

July 20: Mary Poppins Returns, Talia Keys opens

July 27: Ten Things I Hate About You, Azara Tribal Bellydance opens

Aug. 3: Jurassic Park, Aaron J. Shay opens

Aug. 10: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Havilah Rand opens

Aug. 17: Grease, Brian Ernst opens

Aug. 24: The Princess Bride, Psychedelic Cowboys open

Bellingham wins at the 2019 North American Beer Awards

Bellingham breweries had a strong showing at the North American Beer Awards this month, bringing home a total of 14 medals. In addition, Chuckanut Brewery won overall in the Best Large Brewery category. Here are the winning breweries and their entries, listed in order of domination.

Chuckanut Brewery

Silver – Chuckanut Maibock – Helles BockMaibock

Gold – Chuckanut Asian Lager – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Mexican – – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Rye Lager – Rye Beer

Gold – Chuckanut Altbier 9 – Altbier

Gold – Chuckanut Dortmunder – DortmunderExport

Wander Brewing

Silver – Correspondent – Foreign-Style Stout

Gold – Oud Bruin – Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale

Gold – Champagne Toast – Berliner-Style Weisse

Kulshan Brewing Company

Bronze – Helles – Helles Lager

Silver – Cherry Gose – Flavored Gose

Aslan Brewing Company

Bronze – Frances Farmer – Brett Beer

Bronze – A Study of Dreams – Berliner-Style Weisse

Melvin Brewing

Silver – Honey, Wheat Shrunk the Kids – American-Style Wheat Ale

Q13-Fox: Bellingham teen let go as camp counselor by Christian organization because he is gay

Hana Kim at Q-13 Fox News covered gay teen Jace Taylor’s termination from his camp counselor position by the Firs, a christian organization that runs a variety of camps and retreats. This article includes the full statement from Firs Executive Director Tom Beaumont.

Bellingham teen let go as camp counselor by Christian organization because he is gay (Q13-Fox)