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.

 

Fancy bingo, unfancy beer (updated)

UPDATE: Sadly, Glow closed in July, 2017. RIP.

What: Fancy Bingo (and beer tasting on February 8)

When: Every Wednesday at 8pm

Where: Glow Nightclub, upstairs at 208 E Holly St.

For the past few years bingo games have been popping up, generally as monthly or one-off events. Now Glow Nightclub’s bingo is a weekly event – you can get you dabber on every Wednesday.

Each drink purchase gets you one free bingo card (with three grids); you can nab more for $1 each. The proceedings are made a little weirder with “bingo lingo,” nicknames for numbers that traditionally mixes British rhyming slang and military jargon. The Glow crew’s own contributions to the lexicon include “69, dinner for two.” Alas, 68 is “dinner for one.”

Host Aireekah Laudert lovingly bundles themed prizes from sponsor merch and, in one recent game, props left behind by a bachelorette party.  Past prizes have included a Hecka Goth bag –“Quoth the Raven” incense, krampus soap, and a sweet Sailor Jerry’s tee — and the Stay at Home basket that included a leopard print onesie and a microwave egg cooker.

Fancy dress is welcome but not required – Aireekah and her accomplice Jackie Kersten (who ran bingo at the old Cabin Tavern) are fancy enough to carry the whole room.

This week’s game includes a cheap beer tasting to determine which mass-market swill is the finest. I got in touch with Aireekah to learn more.

BoT: Is this a blind tasting?

Aireekah: It’s a blind tasting! There will be seven different beers along with a sheet that tells you what beers are being served, but not in order. Then you guess which beer is which! Whoever gets the most correct wins a big prize at the end of the night, which they don’t need to be present for to win.

Also, there will be a special prize for the best description of a beer! And lots of swishing of cheap ass brews in mouths, talks of nuances, head, and legs.

BoT: Will there be palate cleansers? I read somewhere that they are an important part of a serious beer tasting.

Aireekah: We will have Glow’s regular array of tapas including cheeseballs, cotton candy, gummy worms, pretzels, and more! Did you know that Glow is Bellingham’s premier tapas bar?

BoT: Tell me why Fancy Bingo is a thing I should do.

Aireekah: Fancy Bingo is an amazing thing to do because bingo rules. We feature the best Bingo Lingo brought to you from the UK, the USA, and Glow. Also it’s an excuse to dress up like you’re going to the Golden Globes or a brunch with the Golden Girls!

And we have SO MANY PRIZES! Our sponsors include Sea Witch Botanicals, La Fiamma Woodfire Pizza, Red Boots Design, The Pickford Film Center, Comics Place, Shrimp Whisperer AK, and Glitt3r Lyfe! There’s even opportunities to win things without getting a bingo! It’s a blingo miracle every single frakin’ Wednesday.

 

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.

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.

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.

Boston’s Pizza
70 Bellis Fair Parkway, (360) 676-5111
Late happy hour Mon-Fri 9-close: $1 off margaritas, wells, wine and drafts; appetizers $4-$7 including pizza flight, wings, fried pickles, sliders, nachos and loaded “cactus cuts” potatoes.

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, .

Jalapeno’s
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.

Pizza’zza
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.

Skylark’s
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.