Holy Hops, Bellingham! April has been a non-stop party! We’ve celebrated foolish pranks, Easter, siblings, and Earth Day. We’ve united our voices for Autism, science, and of course, beer! But, did you know that April is also Stress Awareness Month? (We didn’t either, honestly, but we’re sure it has something to do with Tax Day also being in April)
In light of this more obscure issue, we wanted to offer some support and reprieve by rounding up the best local happy hour spots to unwind in Bellingham.
Best Craft Cocktail Happy Hour
Redlight| 3-7pm Daily
The mixologists at Redlight really know how to mix up the magic with unique flavor profiles and combinations using their own house infused spirits. Our pick would be the Blue Raja (Blueberry Mint-Julep) – blueberry-infused bourbon, house made mint syrup, orange Angostura bitters, soda water.
What sets Redlight’s Happy Hour apart? Most places we’ve found only offer a few basic cocktails on their happy hour menu, whereas Redlight offers $1 off of nearly all of their crafty concoctions! 3pm-7pm daily.
Best Beer Happy Hour
Mckay’s Taphouse | 11am-6pm Daily
So many beers (over 50 on tap!) and so many hours to be happy with specials from 11am- 6pm every day! They also serve delicious pizza and other pub food staples like sandwiches and wings.
Best Wine Happy Hour
Artifacts | 4-6pm Wednesday to Saturday
The crew at Artifacts has created a really special space here next to Whatcom Museum, which makes it a perfect stop before taking in some new art exhibits. We can’t wait to visit on a sunny day to sip some vino on their beautiful patio.
Happy Hour is from 4pm-6pm Wednesday to Saturday, featuring $2 off of tap wines and $1 off of the small bites menu. Psst…the goat cheese with onion jam was delicious!
Healthiest Happy Hour
Culture Café at Kombucha Town | 3-6pm & 10pm-late Daily
When you are looking for a happy hour with fresh options, Culture Café is where it’s at! 3pm-6pm, and 10pm-late (plus they have fun activities every night of the week) $4 draft beers, $3 wines, or choose your favorite spirit with a FREE Kombucha mixer. Our favorite picks for food: Kombucha Town poke salad or their Town Tacos. You really can’t go wrong here!
Best Happy Hour for families
Aslan | 2-5pm & 9-10pm Daily
Granted, Aslan makes our list for one of the best happy hours with, or without kids in tow, but for the sake of this collection we do feel like they offer the best family setting with something for everyone. Kids love to color, sip their house-made root beer, and munch on the delicious waffle fries. Grown-ups can enjoy $1 off 16oz or 20oz beers, or $2 off a pitcher. Our go-to food items are the pulled pork tacos which are generously filled for a mere $2.50 each and a fresh salad for $5 (pictured above).
Best Happy Hour with a waterfront view: The Loft
The Loft | 4-6pm Daily
Fresh, local fare with a view of Squalicum harbor is always a good idea! In addition to their Happy Hour everyday from 4pm – 6pm, they offer two other great specials: Kids eat free Mondays, and Half off bottles of wine on Wednesdays!
Best Boozy Beverage
The Real Mccoy | 4-7pm Tuesday – Saturday
OK, The Real Mccoy’s boozy beverage isn’t part of their happy hour, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. If you’re in need of a sweet and boozy treat, be sure to order their bourbon milkshake made of créme de cacao, borghetti coffee liqueur, vanilla ice cream, and topped off with a generous helping of branca menta whipped cream. Won’t pony up for full price? They offer $5 gin and tonics (hint: homemade tonic) and medium sized burgers for $6 (for meat eaters and vegetarians).
Happy Relaxing! Oh, and… It just happens to be Arbor Day. So, after you’ve enjoyed your happy hour, hug a tree for us will you?
Author: Maressa Valliant