Category Archives: Bar Guide

Bellingham bar specials and events by day of the week


The 1-Up Lounge: Trivia for Nerds at 7pm.

Archer Ale House: Trivia at 6:30, host Will Canepa.

Blue Abode: $5 bloody marys and caesars, 3pm-close.

Cap Hansen’s: $3 micheladas, $4 bloody marys until 5pm, karaoke at 10pm.

Cocoanut Grove: Hot dog and fries $5.25.

Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town: Open mic with Chuck Dingee, 7pm.

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub: Bingo 1pm-3pm.

Herb’s Cider: Flight of four ciders with meat and cheese plate, $20.

Horseshoe/Ranch Room: $1 off micro pints.

The Racket: $3 wells, $1 off drafts, $6 infusion bloody marys, and $4 mimosas, all day.

Reset Games Arcade: $1 off all beers.

Rumors Cabaret: Panty Hoes Drag Show, 8pm.

Scotty Brown’s: $2 off caesars, $5.50 mimosas.

State Street Bar: Free pool.

Stemma Brewing: Trivia at 7pm.

Thousand Acre Cider House: $5 Ciderlada, happy hour all day.

Village Inn Pub: Free pool 1-9.


Bellingham Bar and Grill: Industry night – 20% off tab with proof of employment.

Blue Abode: $5 house margaritas, 3pm-close.

Boundary Bay Brewery:  Irish and Folk Night at  6pm.

Cap Hansen’s: $4 margaritas all day.

Cocoanut Grove: Cheeseburger with side $6.75, Long Islands $5.75.

Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town:Trivia with Randall Ragsdale, 7pm.

Fairhaven Pizza: $3 pints 4-9pm.

Firefly Lounge: Guffawingham comedy open mic, 9pm.

Grand Avenue Ale House: Industry night – happy hour prices for food service workers.

Horseshoe/Ranch Room: $2 tall boys, free pool all day.

Kulshan Brewery (James St.): Trivia at 7.

The Orion: $3 micros all day.

Paws for a Beer: Trivia at 6pm.

The Racket: $3 Gimlets or Bourbon Rocks, both come with a Lucky Strike, 9-close.

Redlight: Tall boy of Montucky Lager and a shot of Bulleit Bourbon for $7.

Rumors Cabaret: $6 Svedka, $2 selected tall cans. Karaoke at 10.

Scotty Brown’s: $2 off mojitos, $5 off bottles of wine.

Skylark’s Hidden Cafe: Industry night, 20% off bill for food and drink workers.

Slo Pitch Sports Grill: $3 Budweiser, $4 Fireball. $2.99 burgers and $4 garlic fries from 6-9.

Stemma Brewing: Industry day – $1 off half liter pours with MAST card.

Stone’s Throw Brewing: $3 pints from noon-6pm.

Village Inn Pub: $1.95 tacos 4-8.


Bellingham Bar and Grill: Free pool 9pm-close, $5 double wells.

Blue Abode: $5 classic daiquiris, 3pm-close.

The Cabin: Vinyl Tuesday with guest DJ, 6pm-10pm

Cap Hansen’s: All tequila half off.

Cocoanut Grove: Taco salad $5.75, Mexican bottled beer and well tequila $2.75.

Crossroads Sports Bar: Taco platter $7, margarita $6.

Firefly Lounge: Karaoke with Esme, 9pm.

Grand Avenue Ale House: $4.00 PBR pitchers 9-midnight.

Kulshan K2: Cribbage tourney 6:30pm-9:30pm, signups at 6pm.

Luna’s Bistro: Half off all pizzas.

Nicki’s Bella Marina: Bucket of five beers, boat of onion rings $20.

Northside Restaurant: Half price appetizers, $3.50 drafts.

Northwater: Trivia at 7pm.

The Orion: $2 Olde English cans, $4.50 gamma rays.

The Racket: $2 Tuesday – $2 off all tequila shots all day, $2 Tecate cans after 6pm.

Redlight: $4 well shots and drinks, $8 doubles.

Reset Games Arcade: Tallboy Tuesday, all the talls $2, Pacman tournament at 7pm.

Rock and Rye Oyster House: Industry night, 15% off, $2 pork tacos for everyone.

Rook and Rogue: Game Night aka Playing Games With Strangers at 5:30pm

The Royal: Progressive drinks – wells and domestic drafts 50 cents 8-9pm, $1 9-10, $2 10-11, $3 11-midnight, $4 midnight-1am, $2.50 1-close. Karaoke at 10.

Rumors Cabaret: $6 Svedka, $6 shot-and-beer combo.

Scotty Brown’s: $2 off bellinis.

The Schweinhaus: Karaoke with DJ Mon-T at 8pm.

Slo Pitch:  Bellingham Brews and pear bombs $4, $1 tacos from 6-9pm. 

Uisce: Trivia at 8. The last Tuesday of the month it’s Movie Trivia.


1-Up  Lounge: Ladies’ Night – $1 off cocktails and drafts, free game time after 8pm.

122 West Brewing: Trivia at 7pm.

Archer Ale House: 20% off all whiskey, $5 scratch whiskey gingers, and whiskey flight specials.

Bellingham Bar and Grill: $5 margaritas 3-6pm. Progressive double wells start at $2 at 9, go up 50 cents every half hour.

Blue Abode: $5 whiskey sours, 3pm-close.

Cabin Tavern: Taco night 4pm-10pm.

Cap Hansen’s: $3 palomas.

Cocoanut Grove:  Crispy chicken caesar burger $7.75, micro pints $3.50

Endgame: Industry night – 20% off for bar and restaurant staff with proof of employment.

Firefly Lounge: Songs and Stories open mic, 6-9pm.

Grand Avenue Ale House: Burger, fries, and pint of PBR $7, 5-10.

Honey Moon: Open mic at 7:30, signups start at 5.

Horseshoe/Ranch Room: Tall boy with well whiskey shot, $5.50.

Kulshan K2 (Kentucky St.): Trivia at 7pm

The Loft: 1/2 off all wine bottles.

Luna’s Bistro: All burgers $7,

McKay’s Taphouse: Trivia at 7:30pm

Nicki’s Bella Marina: $1 off all whiskey and ribs.

The Orion: $3 house mixed whiskey sours, $5 Maker’s Mark or Bulleit.

Redlight: $1 off all infusions, $5 blonde redheads.

Rock and Rye Oyster Bar: $11 steak frites with drink purchase.

Rook and Rogue: RPG Night – Pathfinder and D&D 5th.

The Royal: Well drinks $1 8-9pm, $2 9-11pm, free pool.

Rumors Cabaret: Afterparty with Vivienne Duchanne, 10pm, $6 shot-and-beer combo, $4 Rumors pops.

Scotty Brown’s: $5 off bottles of wine.

Slo Pitch Sports Grill: $3 Bud, $4 Wapple, 6 wings for $3, trivia at 7pm.

Studio B: Western Wednesdays 18+ night, 10pm. Variable cover – under 21 is $10,  21 and over with student ID is $5, without student ID is $20.

Stone’s Throw Brewing: Live music in the tap room at 7pm.

Twin Sisters Brewing: Happy hour prices and $10 liter steins all day with student id.


Archer Ale House: $5 Moscow Mules, Gin Mules, and Hot Mexican Mules.

Bellingham Bar and Grill:  $2.50 wells 9pm-close.

Blue Abode: $5 gin gimlets, 3pm-close.

Cabin Tavern: Taco night 4pm-10pm, $7 scratch margaritas.

Cap Hansen’s: $3 nicaraguans.

Cocoanut Grove: Chili dog $6.25, $3.75 tequila sunrise.

Crossroads Bar and Grill: Karaoke at 7:30pm.

Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town: Karaoke with Aireekah at 10pm.

El Rey Restaurant: Trivia at 7:30pm.

Endgame:  Trivia at 8pm.

Grand Avenue Ale House: $4 Rolling Rock pitchers, 9-midnight or when the tap runs out.

Horseshoe/Ranch Room: $4.75 Jack and coke.

Northside Restaurant: Taco night – 3 tacos/$3, taco salad $7, margaritas $3.

The Orion: $2 Tecate tall cans, $4 El Jimador.

Redlight: Industry night- $1 off everything but combos with pay stub, half price call tequila.

The Royal: $1.50 wells and $3.50 microbrew pounders, 9-midnight, karaoke at 10.

Rumors Cabaret: $6 double wells until midnight.

Scotty Brown’s: $2 off margaritas.

Slo Pitch: Rotating micro and Cuervo, $4, slider trio $6.99 5-9pm.

Stone’s Throw Brewing: Trivia at 7pm

Uisce: Irish Music Thursday, 7:30pm

Village Inn Pub: Open jam session with Texas Jimmy D at 8.


Bellingham Bar and Grill:  $2.50 wells, $3 Fireball, $4 Washington Apple shots, $5 Long Islands 9pm-close.

Blue Abode: $5 lemon drops, 3pm-close.

Cocoanut Grove: Chicken caesar salad $8.75, domestic pints $2.75.

El Gitano: Karaoke at 9.

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub: Karaoke at 9pm.

Horseshoe Cafe: $3 vodka cran.

Menace Brewing: Open mic with Ruby Toosday, 5pm.

Orion:  Two burgers with chips, $7 4pm-9pm.

The Royal: $3.50 micros and $2 wells 9-11.

Rumors Cabaret: Fierce Friday Drag Show, 8pm. $6 double wells, $6 vodka & Red Bull, $5 Long Island iced teas 9-midnight.

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

Slo Pitch: $3 Kokanee, $4 Jagermeister.

The Underground: Progressive wells – $1 9:30-10:30pm, $2 10:30-11:30pm, $3 11:30-midnight.

Village Inn Pub: Karaoke with host Seamus O’Carey at 9.


Bellingham Bar and Grill:  $2.50 wells, $3 Fireball, $4 Washington Apple shots, $5 Long Islands 9pm-close.

Blue Abode: $5 sex on the beach, 3pm-close.

Cap Hansen’s: $3 micheladas, $4 bloody marys before 5pm.

Cocoanut Grove: Roast beef or turkey dip $7.75, domestic pints $2.75. 

El Gitano: Karaoke at 9pm.

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub: Bingo 1-4pm, karaoke at 9pm.

Grand Avenue Ale House: $2.00 off  micro pitchers with 18 wings, 5-10.

Horseshoe Cafe: $4 blood orange screwdriver.

La Fiamma: $2 mimosas and bloody marys with brunch, 9am-10pm.

The Royal: $2 wells 9-11pm.

Red Rum: Karaoke at 11pm.

Slo Pitch: $3 Coors Light, $4 duck farts.

Stone’s Throw Brewing: Live music in the tap room at 7pm.

The Underground: Progressive wells – $1 9:30-10:15pm, $2 10:15-11pm, $3 11 -11:45pm.

Village Inn Pub: Prime rib dinner, 4pm-8pm – 8 oz $15.99, 10 oz $17.99.

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.


Lost Giants Cider Co.
1200 Meador Ave.

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

The 1-Up Lounge
1121 McKenzie Ave.
Trivia for Nerds at 7pm.

Stemma Brewing
2039 Moore St.


Paws for a Beer
501 Harris Ave.

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

4260 Mitchell Way

Rook and Rogue
206 Magnolia

Culture Cafe
210 E. Chestnut
7pm with host Randall Ragsdale


Fireside Martini Bar
416 W. Bakerview

Crossroads Bar and Grill
1263 Barkley Blvd.

Village Inn and Pub
3020 Northwest Ave.

Twin Sisters
500 Carolina St.
7pm with Randall Ragsdale

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 7pm.

Boundary Bay Brewery
1107 Railroad Ave.
Geeks Who Drink trivia, 8pm.

Honey Moon
1053 State St. (in alley)
Subdued Trivia with host Jessica Garr, 8pm.


The Cabin
307 W. Holly St.
Music trivia, first Wednesday of the month

Slo Pitch Sports Grill
3720 Meridian St.

Kulshan K2 
1538 Kentucky St.
7pm with Jen Castaldo

122 West Brewery
2416 Meridian St.

McKay’s Taphouse
1118 E Maple St.


Stone’s Throw Brewing
1009 Larabee

El Rey Restaurant
2527 Meridian St.

Holly St.

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!

Happy hours by neighborhood

The ultimate guide to Bellingham happy hours. Click a neighborhood to see happy hours in that part of town:

Downtown Bellingham Happy Hours
Harbor Area Happy Hours
North Side Bellingham Happy Hours
Fairhaven Happy Hours

Downtown Bellingham Happy Hours

Aslan Brewing
1330 N Forest
Happy hour daily 2pm-5pm, 9pm-close: $1 off 16oz and 21oz drafts, $2 off pitchers. Appetizer and small plates menu including half order of poutine, yam tacos, rockfish tacos, and elote at $2.50-$5.

B-Town Kitchen
714 Lakeway Dr.
Happy hour Mon-Sat  3-6pm, 2-10pm Sunday: $4 wells, domestic drafts, tall Budweiser bottles, house wine, $5 micro drafts and oyster shooters, $8 shaker cosmos and lemon drops. Food includes $1 oysters on the half shell, $7 truffle fries, $8 pot stickers, $9 beef sliders, $10 calamari steak.

1201 Cornwall
Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7pm: $4 pints, $6 wine.

Bantam 46
Happy hour Monday and Wed-Sat 4-6pm: $1 off wells, house wine, and draft beer. Specials include house cocktails for $7, Rainier tallboy for $3, $9 hushpuppies with remoulade, $7 garlic or cajun fries, pimento cheese ball with Ritz crackers, $6.

Bayou on Bay
1300 Bay St.
Happy hour Tues-Sun, 3-6pm and 10-pm close, all day Tuesday: Pints and wells $4, pitchers $14, house wine $6,  Appetizers and small plates $3- $11 include hush puppies, oyster shooters, mac and cheese, frog legs, gumbo.

The Beaver Inn
115 E Holly St.
Happy hour daily 4-8: $3 wells, $1.50 off pitchers, 75 cents off pints (PBR not discounted).

Bellingham Bar and Grill
1408 Cornwall Ave.
Monday-Saturday 4-6:30: $3.25 domestic pints, $3.75 micro pints, $3 wells, $5 doubles. $7 apps include bar burger, buffalo wings, fish tacos.

Black Sheep
211 W. Holly
Happy hour daily 3-6pm, all day Sunday: Tecate and shot of well tequila $6, Dos Equis $3, dude a rita, $4 margaveza $6, glass of wine $5.

Boundary Bay Brewery
1107 Railroad
Happy hour Sun-Thurs 3-6 and 9-close: $1 off pints, $1 slices of bacon, small plates including BBQ pork sliders, tacos, and mini mac and cheese are $4-$6.

Brandywine Kitchen
1317 Commercial St.
Happy hour daily 3-6 and 9-10 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sun, 9-11 Fri and Sat: Draft beer or house wine $3.75, cheesy bread or organic fries $2.95, mac & cheese $3.95, chicken pot pie $4.95, ancho chili pork & fries $5.95.

The Cabin Tavern
307 Holly St.
Happy hour Mon-Sat 4-7pm: $1 off micro pints and wells, free snack mix. Industry happy hour daily midnight-2am: same as above plus $5 Fernet shots.

Café Akroteri
1219 Cornwall
Happy hour 2-6 Mon-Sat: $2.75 wells, $2 Michelob draft, 25% off all appetizers.

221 W. Holly
Happy hour 11am-noon, 2-4pm:  $2 off mimosas, $2 off wine glass or half bottle with lunch order,  $3 apple wine or vermouth with dessert order. $2.50 10-oz beer, $4 vermouth and soda, $6 shot of amaro with either a glass of beer or a shot of expresso.

Cap’s Lounge
209 E. Chestnut
Happy hour 4-7 daily: $1.50 Pabst cans, $2.50 wells (well tequila $3).

Casa Que Pasa
1415 Railroad
Happy hour Sun-Thurs 2-6pm and 9-11pm: 50 cents off all drinks, half price appetizers.

Chuckanut Brewery
601 W. Holly
Happy hour Sun-Thurs 4-6: $1 off pints and wine by the glass, appetizer specials including $3 landjaeger  $9 ancho pork sliders, and soft pretzels with mustard, 3/$6.

Cosmos Bistro
1151 N. State St.
Happy hour Wed -Sat 3-6pm: $1 off all drinks, small plates available.

Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town
210 E. Chestnut
Happy hour daily 3-6pm: $3 wells, $4 house wine and drafts, free kombucha and ginger beer mixer. $1 off salads, tacos and bruschetta, $2 off poke.

El Capitan’s
1201 Cornwall Ave.
Happy hour Wed-Sat 4-6:30-pm: Sausage and a pint, $10.

118 W. Holly
Happy hour 3-6pm daily: $1 off wells and pints.

Five Columns
1301 E. Maple St.
Happy hour Tues-Sun 3-6: House wine $6.25, well $5.95, specialty cocktails $7.95. Appetizers including gyro, souvlaki, dolmades, spanakopita & tiropita, $7.95.

Fiamma Burger
1309 Railroad Ave.
Happy hour daily 3-6pm and 8pm-close. Craft beer cans $3/12 oz and $4/16 oz, $2 for Olympia and Rainier tallboys, craft bottles $6, drafts $3.50/16 oz and $5.50/22 oz, wine $3.

Firefly Lounge
1015 N. State St.
Happy hour 5-7pm Mon-Thurs, 4-7pm Fri and Sat: $1 off wells, wine and draft beer.

Grand Avenue Ale House
113 Grand Ave.
Happy hour daily 4-6 pm: $3.50 wells, $4 micro pints, $2.50 PBR or Farmstrong pints. Pork sliders are $5, chimichurri fries and Thai meatballs $3. Fryer food specials after 10pm.

Honey Moon
1053 N. State St.
Happy hour Mon-Sat 5-7pm, 10-11pm: $1 off all drinks, free snacks including curry pork rinds and sweet himalayan salted pop corn. Whiskey-cider-cheese fondue with housemade bread, $5.

Horseshoe/Ranch Room
113 W. Holly St.
Happy hour daily 4-7pm, all day Tuesday: $3 domestic pints and wine, $4 micro pints, $3.50 wells.

Jack’s Bar
219 W. Holly St.
Happy hour 3:30-6pm: $4 drafts, Modelo and Old German, and White Claw, White Claw and a shot $7.

Jalapeno’s Downtown
501 W. Holly St.
Happy hour all day Sunday, Mon-Sat 2-5:30 and 9 to close: 20 oz drafts $5.75, small margaritas $4.50, Big Mamas $7.95, domestic beers $3, house wines $4.50, $6 premium tequila shot of the month. $2.50 tacos, $4.75 bean and cheese nachos, $6.50 meat nachos. Cheese quesadillas $4.25, $6.75 with meat. Mini burritos, jalapeno poppers and taquitos are $5.75,  dips $4/$9 for three, $12.95 big nachos.

The Local
1427 Railroad
Happy hour daily 3-7pm:  $1 off pints, 20% off starters.

McKay’s Taphouse
1118 E. Maple St.
Happy hour daily 3-6pm: $1 off draft beers.

Old World Deli
1228 State St.
Happy hour Thurs-Sat 4-6: $2 off house wine by the glass, $2 off any sandwich, $1 off any beer over $3.50.

The Orion
311 E. Holly
Happy hour daily 4pm-7pm: All house cocktails $5, Oly on tap $2.

Pure Bliss Desserts
1424 Cornwall
Happy hour all day Monday (11am-6pm), Tues-Fri 5-7pm: $1 off draft beer, wine on tap, and slices of cake (dine in only).

Racket Pinball Bar
1220 N. State St.
Happy hour Mon-Sat 2-6pm, all day Sunday: Half off all drinks.

1017 State St.
Happy hour 4-6 daily: $3 wells, $1 off drafts, wine by the glass, and house cocktails, $5 off bottles of wine. $5 wontons, $4 salad, Szechuan cucumber, and marinated tofu.

Red Rum
209 E. Chestnut
Happy hour Mon -Sat 4pm-7pm, 2pm-9pm Sunday: $3 draft beers, $5 coconut prawns, $5 tiki drink special.

Rock and Rye Oyster House
1145 N. State St.
Happy hour 3-6 and 9-close Mon-Sat, all day Sun: $1 off select pints of draft beer, $5 house wine, $7 manhattans, palomas and martinis, small plates $5-$11.

Rook and Rogue
206 W. Magnolia
Happy hour daily 2pm-6pm, all day Sunday: $1 off draft beer, wine, wells, and appetizers.

Rumors Cabaret
1119 Railroad
Happy hour daily 4-8pm:  $2 wells, $4 doubles, $2 Bud Light and Pabst pints, $2 select tall boys. $1 off all other drafts.

Sabores de Mexico
1200 Cornwall Ave.
Happy hour Tues-Fri 4:30-6pm, Sat 5-9pm, Sunday 2:30-8pm: $2.50 off appetizers, $2 off house margaritas, $1 off bottles and drafts.

1330 N State St.
Happy hour Mon-Thur 8pm-close: $1 off half liters, $2 off liters.

State Street Bar
1315 N. State St.
Happy hour daily 4-8: $3 wells, $1.50 off pitchers, 75 cents off pints (PBR not discounted).

Temple Bar
306 W. Champion
Happy hour 3-7 Mon-Sat, all day Sun: Bottle of wine wine and a little cheese plate or landjaeger $20, 32oz growler of Kulshan beer (rotating selection) and a little cheese plate or landjaeger $18, $3 Kulshan pints, $5 cocktails – paloma, whiskey ginger or gin and tonic. Small plates $3-7.

Thousand Acre Cider House
109 Grand Ave.
Happy hour Mon-Thurs 3-5pm and 8pm-close, all day Sunday: $1 off full pours, free snack with flight -purchase.

Trove Coffee
228 N. Samish Way
Happy hour Mon-Fri: $1 off adult beverages.

Uisce Irish Pub
1319 Commercial St.
Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7, Sun all day: $1 off all drinks.

120 W. Holly St.
Happy hour daily 4-7pm: 10% off all flights and wine pours, Adult Happy Deal (white or red ‘happy’ bottle; served with olives, cheese, and bread) $17, signature popcorn (fresh popped with butter, parmesan cheese, salt, and chili flakes) $4, glass of bar red wine $5.50.

The Waterfront
521 W Holly St., (360) 676-1755
Happy hour daily 8am-2pm, 4-7pm, and 9pm-close: $3.50 wells, $2.50 domestic pounders, $7.25 domestic pitchers, half price appetizers, pull tab double payout 5-6.

Harbor Area Happy Hours

Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill
7 Bellwether Way
Happy hour daily 3-6:30: $4.50-$5 draft beer, wine $6, featured cocktails $6.50. $7.50 bar burger, salmon swimmers, spicy wings, or sausage and pepperoni pizza, $8.50 ribs and rings, steak tacos, steak strips, crab, shrimp and artichoke dip, or calamari.

Anthony’s Homeport
25 Bellwether Way
Happy hour daily 3-7pm: Select drafts $5-$5.50, selection of wine by the glass $6 – $8, house cocktails $6.50. Bar burger and seafood apps like salmon sliders, mussels and fries, ahi nachos, and six-pack oysters and prawns, $5-$11.

The Loft at Latitude 48.5
1901 Roeder Ave.
Happy hour daily 3:30-6pm: Select draft beer and wine $4.25. $6.90 plates include Caribbean jerk roasted cauliflower and dry ribs, $8.90 plates include a half pound of chicken wings, Loft burger.

Nicki’s Bella Marina
615 S. Harbor Loop Dr.
Happy hour Mon-Sat 3-6, all day Sunday: $.50 off drafts, $1 off  wells, wine, and appetizers. $5 margaritas and $7 lemon drops and cosmos.

North Side Bellingham Happy Hours

122 West Brewing Co.
2416 Meridian St.
Happy hour Mon, Wed, Thurs and Friday 3pm-6pm, all day Sunday: $1 off all beer, food specials.

Blue Abode
2925 Newmarket St.
Happy hour daily 3pm-5:30pm: $1 off the daily drink special and all wells, drafts and wines by the glass. $3 small plates menu includes grilled cheese, caesar salad, bread with oil and vinegar, and more.

Bob’s Burgers & Brew
955 Newmarket St.
Happy hour daily 3pm-6pm and 8pm-10pm Sun-Thurs: Extensive food and drink specials ranging from $3-$7, including $3 wells, $3.50 domestic drafts, $4 margaritas and $4.50 craft pints on up to $7 Jameson or craft pint with shot of Cuervo. Food includes $3 caesar salad, $5 cheesy jojos, $7 chicken or beef nachos.

Cascade Pizza
2431 Meridian
Happy hour weekdays 4pm-6pm: $4 double wells, $4.75 Kulshan and $3.45 Rolling Rock pints, $5.45 house wine..

Coconut Kenny’s
2220 James St.
Happy hour Mon-Sat 3-5pm: $1 off pints, $3 off pitchers, 20% off all food.

El Gitano
1125 E. Sunset
Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-6, all day Sunday: Regular rocks margarita $2.99, jumbo $5.99, $3 wells, $3.50 microbrews. Taquitos, nachos, and quesadillas $4.99 with drink.

Extreme Sports Grill
4156 Meridian St.
Happy hour daily 3-6: $1 off pints, wells and house wine $5.25. One pound fry baskets $8.50, slider baskets $9.50, 10″ cheese pizza $7.50.

Fireside Martini and Wine Bar
416 W. Bakerview
Happy hour Mon-Sat 3-6: $5 martinis, $4 house wines/wells, $2.50 drafts, $2 off appetizers.

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub
5309 Guide Meridian
Happy hour Mon-Sat 4-7pm: $2 domestics, $8 domestic pitchers,$5 wells.

Jalapeno’s Barkley
2945 Newmarket Pl.
Same as downtown location.

Kulshan Brewing
Sunnyland, 2238 James St., and Roosevelt, 1538 Kentucky St.
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6pm, all day Sunday: $1 off pints,$2 off lager pitchers.

Latitude Kitchen and Bar
1065 E. Sunset Dr.
Happy hour daily 3:30-6: Select draft beer and wine $4.25. $6.90 plates include Caribbean jerk roasted cauliflower and dry ribs, $8.90 plates include a half pound of chicken wings, Loft burger.

1650 W. Bakerview Rd.
Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-6pm, Sat-Sun noon-6pm: $3 wells, $4 doubles. $1 off draft beer, fifty cents off house wine.

Northside Restaurant
3236 Northwest Ave
Happy hour Mon-Sat 3-7. $3 wells, $3.50 drafts, $2.50 domestic beer, $1 off everything else.

4260 Mitchell Way
Happy hour daily 2:30-5pm and 9pm-close, all day Sunday: $5 drafts, house wine, and wells. Food options include manila clams with andouille sausage, $13, margarita flatbread, $9, crab cakes, $13, rosemary fries, $4.

Scotty Brown’s
3101 Newmarket St.
Happy hour daily 3-6pm: $3 off all appetizers, $1 off draft beer and wine by the glass, $2 off other cocktails and signature martinis. Does not apply to “Social Drinks,” whatever the hell that means.

Slo Pitch Sports Grill
3720 Meridian
Happy hour daily 11am-1pm and 4-6, and 9-10: 1/2 priced select apps, $3 wells, $2.25 domestic drafts.

Village Inn Pub
3020 Northwest
Happy hour Mon-Wed, Fri & Sun 4-6; all day Thurs & Sat.: $7.50 pitchers, $2.50 pints, $3.50 well drinks, $2 off appetizers.

Zen Sushi
3001 Cinema Pl.
Happy hour Mon-Thurs 2:30-5 and 9-close; Fri-Sun 9:30-close: $1 off all rolls with purchase of any drink, including soda.

Fairhaven Happy Hours

Archer Ale House
1212 Tenth St.
Happy hour Wed-Fri 3-6pm: $1.00 off pints, imperial pints, wine, and cocktails; appetizer specials.

1-Up Lounge
1121 McKenzie Ave.
Happy hour daily 4pm-7pm: $1 off all pints and cocktails. Late happy hour Sun-Thurs 11pm-close, Fri-Sat midnight-close: select drafts and craft cans and bottles $3, well cocktails $4, snacks including chicken nuggets, mac and cheese bites and cheesy tots $4-5.

Black Cat
1200 Harris Ave., 3rd floor
Happy hour 3-6pm and 9-close Mon-Thurs, all day Sunday: $1 off wells, drafts and wine by the glass. Small plates including blackened prawn taco, $6, petite fondue, $9, and cheeseburger and fries, $8.

Dirty Dan Harris
1211 11th St.
Happy hour daily 5-6:30: $5 house wine, $4 wells, $7 doubles. Happy hour food menu $10-$17, includes crabcake sliders, filet mignon burger and prime rib sandwich.

Fat Pie Pizza
1015 Harris Ave.
Happy hour daily 2-5: Appetizers including fried ravioli, pizza slices, small salads, pizza rolls, $3.50-$7.  $3 wells, $5 doubles, 50% off bottles of wine, $4 house glasses. Pints $2 off. $6 martinis and manhattans, house drop shakers $7.

The Filling Station
1138 Finnegan Way
Happy hour daily 3pm-5:30: $3.50 drafts, $1 off Old German can with burger purchase, $2 off signature cocktails. $5 small plates including chicken, sloppy joe and chili dog sliders.

1143 11th St.
Happy hour daily noon-4pm
Select cocktails $5, wine $6, all beer $4. Drink and cheese plate for one $10, for two $18,

1200 10th St.
Happy hour daily 3pm-6pm, all day Sunday: House wine $5, draft beer $4, wells $5, house martini or manhattan $8, small plates $4-12, brie plate with bottle of wine $20.

Jalapeno’s Fairhaven
1007 Harris St.
Same as downtown location.

804 10th St.
Happy hour 3-6 daily: Small plates including a blackened fish taco, beef or spicy lamb sliders, carnitas and chicken satay, $3-$9.

Ovn Woodfired Pizza
1148 10th St.
Happy hour daily 3 – 6 pm: $7 Margherita pizza, $3 pints, $4 wells and house wine glass, $13 bottle of house wine.

1501 12th St.
Happy hour daily  2-5pm and 8pm-close: $3 slices, $5 potato wedges, $7 pepperoni rolls, $7 cheese breadsticks, select $4 pints, $5 wine pours, $6 beer flights

1308 11th St.
Happy hour Mon-Thurs 4-6 and 10-close: $3 wells, pints, and wine by the glass, half price appetizers.

Swim Club
1147 11th St.
Happy house daily 4pm-7pm, Sun-Wed 11pm-close, Thurs-Sat midnight-close: $6 wells, $8 classics, $10 wine glass, $4 drafts, $2 Tecate, $7 Tecate and tequila shot. $7 draft and Fernet shot, $4 Magic Minute cocktail at 6pm.

Quick bite: Honey Moon Alley Bar and Cidery

by June Hathaway

The stretch of North State Street dubbed the Alley District has seen a lot of change in the past decade. The neighborhood that was once home to a revolving cast of scrappy shops and arts ventures anchored by the Hub Community Bike Shop is now dominated by condos and apartment blocks. And Honey Moon, which spent that decade serving up mead in the Alley District, is making changes, too. Yummy, boozy changes.

Honey Moon opened in 2009 as a meadery – think a brewpub for mead, a honey-based brew that is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks. The term “honeymoon” is derived from the ancient tradition of celebrating the first month, or moon, of a new marriage by getting blotto with your bae on mead brought by the wedding guests. Honey Moon brews its meads – and ciders – on site. (We reviewed a flight of Honey Moon’s meads back in 2014.)

The recent addition of spirits – reflected in the new “Alley Bar” tagline – opened the door for a roster of cocktails that craftily combine mead with liquor and more traditional mixers, including house-made flavored sodas like root beer and turmeric ginger ale. I couldn’t tell you what turmeric tastes like, but I can certainly tell you that Honey Moon’s ginger ale makes a damn fine whiskey ginger.

The food menu has expanded, too. Happy hour food specials center on $5 whiskey-cider-cheese fondue served with house-made bread, and free bar snacks: snickerdoodle fortune cookies, sweet and salty popcorn and curry pork rinds. (If that last bit sounds familiar, it’s because the wizard behind this kitchen curtain is Michelle Schutte, who instituted a similar happy hour giveaway during her tenure at Redlight.) Happy hour is Monday-Saturday 5-7pm, and you also get a buck off all drinks.

If you’re craving sturdier fare, there are small plates priced from $5 to $8, including a daily soup and salad, pulled pork with locally made Hosa hot sauce, Spanish-style meatballs, baked chevre, and more.

Despite the changes, some traditions endure. Honey Moon continues to host Bellingham’s longest-running open mic on Wednesday nights, and on December 22, readers will take the stage in the fourth annual tag-team reading of Beowulf, the epic poem about a warrior who loves his mead and a monster who loves his mother. As for new events, keep an eye out for True Crime Trivia on the first Monday of each month.

Honey Moon Alley Bar and Cidery
1053 N. State St. (alley entrance)
Open Monday through Saturday 5pm to midnight, happy hour 5pm to 7pm.

Quick Bite: Rook and Rogue Game Pub

by June Hathaway

Started my Sunday with breakfast at Rook and Rogue, the new board game pub in the old Port of Subs space at 206 Magnolia. They have approximately 700 board games on hand, covering all skill levels. Most are free to play, but R&R does have memberships that grant access to the super-fancy games.

Check out the nerdy-ass menu, ogle my Muggle Breakfast and Cyborg Mimosa, and admire our charming server Cassie. Rook and Rogue is soft open now, so they’re still tweaking things. They will be holding a grand opening celebration on May 27th.


Round two: Bellingham’s late night happy hours

Out late and looking for a deal? Catch these late night Bellingham happy hours. For the full list of happy hours in town, check our Bellingham Happy Hours page.

Aslan Brewing
1330 N Forest
Late happy hour daily 9pm-close: $12 pitchers, $1 off pints, appetizer and small plates menu.

Best Buds Gaming Lounge
1121 McKenzie
Late happy hour Sun-Thurs 11pm-close, Fri-Sat midnight-close: select drafts, craft bottles and cans $3, well cocktails $4, snacks including chicken nuggets, mac and cheese bites and cheesy tots $4-5.

Black Cat
1200 Harris  Ave., 3rd floor, (360) 733-6136
Late happy hour Mon-Thurs 9pm-close: $1 off wells, drafts and wine by the glass. Small plates including blackened prawn taco, $6, and cheeseburger and fries, $8.

Bob’s Burgers & Brew
Downtown: 202 E. Holly St., (360) 734-1350
Barkley: 955 Newmarket St., (360) 647-3355
Late happy hour Sun-Thurs 8-10pm.

Brandywine Kitchen
1317 Commercial St., (360) 734-1071
Late happy hour daily 9pm-close.

Boundary Bay Brewery
1107 Railroad, (360) 647-5593
Late happy hour Sun-Thurs 9-close.

Casa Que Pasa
1415 Railroad, (360) 756-8226
Late happy hour 9-11pm: 50 cents off all drinks, half price appetizers and desserts, potato burrito with a tall boy $7, or with a margarita $9. $1 tacos daily after 11pm.

Cascade Pizza
2431 Meridian, (360) 671-0999
Late happy hour daily 8pm-close: $4 house wine and imported beer.

Fat Pie Pizza
1015 Harris Ave., (360) 366-8090
Late happy hour daily 9pm-close: $2.50 wells, $4 doubles, $3 house wines, $3.50 draft beers, $6 martinis and manhattans, $7 shakers, half price wine bottles, appetizers including pizza bites, mac and cheese, and antipasto platter, $3.99-$4.99.

Fiamma Burger
1309 Railroad Ave., (360) 733-7374
Late happy hour daily  8pm-close. $3 for wine and 12-oz craft beer cans, $4 for 16 oz craft cans, and $2 for Olympia and Rainier tallboys, .

Downtown: 501 W. Holly St., (360) 671-3099
Barkley: 2945 Newmarket Pl., (360) 778-2041
Fairhaven: 1007 Harris St., (360) 656-6600
Late happy hour Mon-Sat 9 to close.

Nicki’s Bella Marina
615 S. Harbor Loop Dr., (360) 332-2505
Late happy hour daily 9pm-close, all day Sunday: $1 off wells, wine, drafts, and appetizers.

1501 Harris St., (360) 218-7012
Late happy hour daily 8pm-close: $2 slices, $3 local pints, $4 pizza rolls, $5 wine pours and $6 breadsticks.

Rock and Rye Oyster House
1145 State St., 360-746-6130
Late happy hour Mon-Sat 9pm-close: drink specials including $6 wine, house martinis and manhattans, small plates including pork belly poutine and half-dozen oysters, $7-$11.

1308 11th St., (360) 715-3642
Late happy hour Mon-Thurs 10-close: $3 wells and pints, $4 wine by the glass, $2 oyster shooters, small plates $3-$4.

Slo Pitch Sports Grill
3720 Meridian, (360) 733-2255
Late happy hour daily 9-10pm: 1/2 priced select apps, $3 wells, $2.25 domestic drafts.

Honey Moon: An uncommon cure for the cold

It’s safe to say deck and patio season is over. We’re seeking warmth, Dayquil, and shelter from the storm. If summer is prime time for breweries, Honey Moon is a warm, cozy refuge of winter goodness. Mead is a fermented honey beverage believed to be the oldest alcoholic drink in the world. Honey Moon is one of thirteen meaderies in Washington.

The entrance is tucked away in an alley (the very alley, by the way, that was named the best in town in last year’s Best of Drunk Bellingham survey). Inside is a narrow, high-ceilinged space with brick walls and copper-topped bar and tables. Large windows at the back of the room peek into the back room where mead and cider are made.

Detecting my sniffles, Don, the bartender, fixed me a hot mug of straight mead (formerly Lover’s Mead) combined with the orange and wassail flavors ($7). It wasn’t terribly sweet, and had a distinct honeyed bite. My friend tried a cyser, cider combined with the mead of your choice – in this case, wassail. They also have wine and bottled beer from local breweries.

If you want a snack to go with your mead (and you should – at roughly 14% ABV this stuff is potent), there are small plates and platters for sharing. The soup of the day, lentil coconut curry, sounded delicious, but our empty bellies demanded something more substantial. Macaroni and cheese came hot from the oven in a ramekin, was creamy and satisfying with a bite from dry mustard and white pepper. The small sandwich offering of the day ($7) was chicken with habanero jack cheese and roasted pepper pesto, grilled like a panini and about half the size, was  excellent, with lingering spice. Both came garnished with apple slices and marcona almonds.

We ordered a flight of drink offerings, which was served in what Don said was a repurposed boxcar floorboard. He could have completely made that up, but it was a pretty presentation regardless. Here are the highlights of the tasting:

  • Ciderhead: Crisp, quite dry and light
  • Cyser with mead: Well balanced, tasted more like a traditional cider than the ciderhead
  • “Straight” mead: Floral cloying honey notes- sweet with a flowery character
  • Orange mead: Orange blossom, floral, light, honey, would work well in a cyser
  • Wassail mead: Like fireball for grownups – light sweet and spicy warm goodness

Moving through the produce department . . .

  • Blueberry mead: Sparkly, slight apple cider vinegar, long-lasting fruit-loop finish, perfumy- slight effervescence – blueberry perfume at first, blueberries off the vine after
  • Raspberry mead: A favorite. Acidic, vinegary, tart- tart acidic, would make the best cyser
  • Strawberry mead: Jammy, tart, with big strawberry nose. Fruit bomb! Slightly effervescent
  • Sangria: Fruity, fresh-balanced, warm and orangey

Where to buy: Besides the tasting room, Honey Moon products are available in bottles at

Barkley Haggen

Meridian Haggen

Sehome Haggen

Community Food Co Op – Downtown

Community Food Coop – Cordata

The Market at Lakeway


Elizabeth Station

Cornwall Corner Store

Terra Organica