Cheap Wine Chronicles: Five Ton Zinfandel, 2013

by June Hathaway

So I went to the Gross Out to buy dish soap and coffee and came home with two bottles of this zinfandel. At 2/$6, how could I not?

After an epic struggle with the cork (seriously, it’s not supposed to be this hard) I was rewarded with a dry-but-not-tannic, round and oaky red with a pronounced woody aftertaste.

Not as big as I would expect from a zinfandel but definitely richer than other wines at this price point, and tastes delicious with a Criminal Minds marathon. It ain’t five tons – more like twelve ounces – but I recommend you buy some before it all gets scooped up.

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.

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.