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THE TEMPLE BAR: Exotic cocktails of all flavors

Liliana Franz, 29, pours a gin sidecar May 28, 2010 at The Temple Bar. Franz, an employee of The Temple Bar for more than two years, said she likes the basil-infused gimlet.
Liliana Franz, 29, pours a gin sidecar May 28, 2010 at The Temple Bar. Franz, an employee of The Temple Bar for more than two years, said she likes the basil-infused gimlet. FOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

One of Bellingham's hidden gems, The Temple Bar offers guests a different experience than the average bar.

Owner Chelsea Farmer describes the Temple Bar as "a quiet place to come in with a friend and talk or, on a busier night, it's a bit more rambunctious ... You can get a little dressed up, or decide not to, and be comfortable both ways."

The Temple Bar features a menu full of exotic drinks made with house-infused alcohols.

Farmer recommends the sally tomato, which is made with roasted jalapeno and garlic-infused vodka and tomato juice and is served in a glass with a celery salt rim. The basil gimlet, made with fresh basil and lime muddled with Tanqueray gin, is also a favorite, said Farmer.

With a sophisticated, yet relaxing, atmosphere created by the small tables and maroon soft velvet-patterned walls, The Temple Bar is a great place to bring a date, or even just come by yourself to relax with a delicious cocktail.

Of Bellingham bars, The Temple Bar's happy hour is recognized as one of the best deals in town. Customers can come by any night of the week from 4-7 p.m. and purchase a bottle of wine with a cheese plate for $15.

If the weather allows, patrons may even catch a glimpse of a sunset out the westward-facing windows.

THE TEMPLE BAR

Hours: Open 4 p.m. - midnight Sunday - Thursday; 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday - Saturday; Happy Hour: 4 - 7 p.m.

Info: 676-8660; 306 West Champion St., Bellingham, WA; templebarbellingham.com.

Prices: Beer $3 - $9.50; Wine $5.50 - $8.50; Cocktails $7 - $9; Food $3.50 - $13.50.

Owner's tip: Chelsea Farmer recommends the Sally Tomato, a tomato juice and roasted jalapeno and garlic-infused vodka blend with a celery-salt-lined rim.

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