Northwestern Washington & the San Juan Islands drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Craft Beer in Bellingham

Aslan Depot

This beautiful space, newly opened by one of Bellingham's best breweries in a 1920s Depot building, will make you think you've stepped into an English mansion: all overstuffed chairs and leather couches, reading lam…
Brewery in Orcas Island

Island Hoppin' Brewery

The location just off Mt Baker Rd near the airport makes this tiny brewery hard to find, but the locals sure know it's there – this is the place to go to enjoy local brews on tap. Don't come hungry – only snacks are…
Brewery in Bellingham

Wander Ale House

One of Bellingham's most ambitious brewpubs, this place is in a strange location behind an industrial building that gives it secret-spot appeal. Hang out at brewing-vat-side seating or outside. There's a rotation of…
Brewery in La Conner

La Conner Brewing Co

If you can find an open table at this popular hangout, settle in and grab a pint of the crispy Northwest IPA or one of the seasonal specialty brews. Bonuses include patio seating, wood-fired pizzas ($11 to $14) and …
Bar in Bellingham


A great little dive bar with a surprisingly good tap list and a long row of pinball machines upstairs, the Racket is one of Bellingham's best hangouts. It's attached to the Shakedown, a live music venue with a consi…
Brewery in Bellingham

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Perennially popular Boundary Bay crafts its own ales and serves excellent, hearty Northwest-influenced fare for lunch and dinner. The smoked-salmon chowder hits the spot on a rainy night and the outdoor seating is t…
Craft Beer in Mt Vernon

Farmstrong Brewing

This small brewery with a friendly, welcoming taproom consistently wins awards for its inventive beers (try the Mt Baker Black Lager). There's no kitchen on-site, but you can bring your own food or order something f…
Bar in Bellingham

Temple Bar

The recommended place for craft cocktails and small plates, this chic little bar is at once casual and romantic. Pair a five-dollar cocktail from the late-night menu with some olives, stuffed dates or a cheese-and-b…
Brewery in Bellingham

Chuckanut Brewery

A fun, comfy brewpub with great burgers, a small bar section and a covered outdoor patio, Chuckanut makes excellent German-style craft beers – definitely try the kölsch, the pilsner or any of the seasonal offerings.
Juice Bar in Lopez Island

Vortex Juice Bar

Fresh juices are Vortex's forte, made with whatever fruits and vegetables are on hand. Above-average salads and wraps ($7 to $10) are among its other healthy offerings.