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Saturday, August 15, 2020

    What’s good: Happy hour in Bellingham

    Every Monday this quarter, a Western Front reporter will tell you what’s good in Bellingham.

    By Hillary O’Connor

    Winter time in Bellingham: it’s cold, the days are short and school just won’t let up. Good thing Bellingham has some of the best happy hour deals around.

    Whether you’re looking for good food, good booze or good company, Bellingham has it all.

    With happy hours in downtown Bellingham starting at 2 p.m. and going until some restaurants close, there’s a little something for everyone.

    To get your night started:

    Jalepeños, located at 501 W. Holly St., is the perfect place to get your night started or to blow off some steam after a long week.

    Their infamous Big Mama margarita is only $7.50 and domestic beers are only $3.

    “It’s a bang for your buck, literally,” customer Emily Bunnell said.

    Happy hour is offered from 2-5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily. It’s also offered all day on Sundays and Tuesdays. If you get hungry, they also serve up some great food options including a $4 quesadilla and $6 nachos.

    For the beer drinkers:

    Aslan Brewing Company, located at 1330 N. Forest St., offers the best beer selection on this list in Bellingham. They offer $2 off pitchers and $1 off 16 and 21 ounce beers. If you’re looking for something light and refreshing, Aslan’s Cucumber Lager is the way to go.


    Photos by Hillary O’Connor

    Not only does Aslan offer discounts on their drinks, but certain foods are offered at a discounted price as well. Mac n’ cheese for $4 and a half order of poutine for $5 are crowd favorites.

    “It was bomb and for a good price,” customer Alyssa Treptow said. “The poutine was the best.”

    Aslan has happy daily from 2-5 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close.

    For a more sophisticated crowd:

    The Temple Bar at 306 W. Champion St. has amazing deals on wine and small plates. For $20, you can get a bottle of red wine, white wine or rosé and a small plate of cheese or cured meats.

    The intimate set up in this restaurant is perfect for a special occasion and the prices are hard to beat.

    The happy hour menu at Temple Bar also features three $5 cocktails and eight plates all under $10. These deals are offered daily from 3-7 p.m. and all day Sunday.

    For a unique experience:

    Redlight Bar, located at 1017 N. State Street, offers unique drink options for cheap during their daily happy hour from 4  to 7 p.m.. They have specialty infused liquors like jalepeno infused tequila and strawberry and black peppercorn infused vodka.

    They offer well drinks for $3 and $5 off bottled wine. You can get $1 off almost everything on the menu, plus free bar snacks.

    This is definitely a unique Bellingham bar and has a little something for everybody.

    Hopefully the stress of finals has not yet ruined the week, but it’s a great chance to unwind and go explore some of Bellingham’s finest happy hours.

    Restaurant reviews in The Western Front are the opinion of the individual writer. These reviews are not sponsored or influenced by advertising.


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