Bellingham’s Best Beer Patios

By |2019-04-18T15:33:23+00:00April 11th, 2019|

As the days get longer, there are only more hours available for patio beers. Luckily, Bellingham has a plethora of patios to choose from. No matter your neighborhood, preferred beer styles, or time of day you’re available to sip a cold one outdoors, there’s a patio that’s right for you. Here’s a comprehensive guide of where we think you should be drinking this spring.

Goods Local Brews

Photo from Instagram @goodslocalbrews

Goods has been open for nearly a year and instantly became a neighborhood staple. Part of the appeal stems from their killer outdoor space, which seamlessly merges with their indoor space when they two giant garage doors, making for easy access to the bar from every corner of the beer garden. Goods has a tap list that features beers from throughout Whatcom & Skagit County, staying true to the local aspect of their namesake. In addition to beer, you can visit Goods for A Que Tacos or dumplings and noodle dishes from their newest food truck, Zhuzhu Signature Dumpling. Picture yourself here during golden hour with a plate full dumplings and a cold IPA from your favorite local brewery.

Kid friendly, dog friendly, food available

GRUFF Brewing Co.

Photo from Instagram @gruffbrewing

GRUFF becomes a summer time go-to for many of us, not only because it’s conveniently located just near the waterfront, but because their patio is tough to beat. Going beyond the picnic tables and umbrellas pictured, GRUFF has lawn games, a fire pit and a killer view of Bellingham Bay. Because it’s fenced in, it feels like you’re having your own private backyard barbecue.

Dog friendly, food available sometimes

Boundary Bay Brewery

Photo from Instagram @bbaybrewery

Boundary Bay has their patio/deck set up right beyond the doors to the restaurant and brewery, but they also host one of the most well-known patio parties all summer long in what they call Bellingham’s Backyard. Located beneath their dining patio, Boundary has a full bar set up as well as a stage for live music. Lights and lawn games are just two things that make Bellingham’s Backyard shine, as well as a central location, walking distance from just about anywhere else in town.

Dog friendly, kid friendly, food available

Stones Throw Brewery

 

Photos from Instagram @fairhaven_stonesthrowbrewery

As soon as the weather turns in Fairhaven, Stones Throw becomes the neighborhood go-to spot for a beer. They have not one, not two, but three patios to choose from! One is a covered seating area with a fire pit in the front near the food truck that is usually parked outside, another is on the roof of their brewery building, and there’s a secluded fire pit and seating area in the back that makes for the perfect place to enjoy a summer night beer. It’s worth checking out if you haven’t already, and if you have, then go pack and pick another patio!

Dog friendly, food available from trucks

Twin Sisters Brewing

Photo from Instagram @twinsistersbrewingcompany

Twin Sisters, connected closely to it’s counterpart, Bellingham Beer Garden, is one of the newest places to grab a beer in the Sunnyland neighborhood. The beer garden covers almost an entire block and is technically part of both the brewery and the restaurant, making delicious food and beer easily accessible. There is often live music and a variety of events going on in this park-like beer garden, so as they come up on their second summer in Bellingham, if you plan on spending any time in the Sunnyland neighborhood, make sure you check it out.

Dog friendly, kid friendly, food available

Chuckanut Brewery

Photo from Instagram @chuckanutbrewery

Chuckanut Brewery also has two patios to pick from, a covered back patio with tables and games, as well as a side patio that’s exposed to the sunshine and bordered with greenery. The occasional train goes by, but it’s always quick and we personally think it adds to the charm of Chuckanut’s location, nestled between the Columbia and downtown neighborhoods. Imagine a cold kolsch on the patio, the perfect juxtaposition to the sun on your face.

Aslan Depot

Photo from Instagram @aslandepot

Aslan Depot is known for their comfortable and cozy inside with retro lounge-like furniture and an art nouveau feel. However, once the days get warmer, the Depot’s patio will be the place to be. Maintaining the minimalist yet comfortable feel that Aslan incorporates into some of their spaces, the Depot’s patio is often the vessel for live music, food trucks and the camaraderie we all love about a sunny afternoon patio beer.

About the Author:

Layne Carter
Tap Trail's Assistant Editor, Layne Carter, grew up in Spokane, Washington but has spent the last five years in Bellingham studying journalism at WWU. When she’s not beertending around town, you can find her biking, drinking beer or biking to a number of local breweries for a beer.