Entertainment

Downtown bars liven up Bellingham's late night

Bassist Dave Thomas takes center stage on Free Friday Funk Night, May 15, 2010 at The Wild Buffalo House of Music. Funk Night is an open jam session for up-and-coming musicians to play music together and perform before a live audience.
Bassist Dave Thomas takes center stage on Free Friday Funk Night, May 15, 2010 at The Wild Buffalo House of Music. Funk Night is an open jam session for up-and-coming musicians to play music together and perform before a live audience. WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Bellingham's bar scene offers a variety of atmospheres and experiences. For a visitor or those who have a hard time keeping up with the openings and closings of downtown bars, choosing where to spend the evening can be daunting.

For some guidance, take a look at The Bellingham Herald's top picks for downtown nightlife. Whether you are looking for good drinks or quality entertainment, The Herald's choices have something for you.

For the best mixed drinks in town, stop in at The Temple Bar and try one of the exotic concoctions on the menu. With its house-made alcohols, you are guaranteed drinks there you will not find anywhere else.

If mixed drinks are not quite your style, swing by The Green Frog Café Acoustic Tavern. The Green Frog is The Herald's pick for best variety of beer sold on tap.

If entertainment is more what you seek when choosing a bar, The Wild Buffalo House of Music, Rumors Cabaret or The Copper Hog will have something for you.

The Wild Buffalo offers the best variety of live music in town, and offers the most concert-like setting you will find in a bar of any in Bellingham.

Rumors Cabaret creates the best dance atmosphere thanks to its disc jockeys who always keep the dance floor moving. With a welcoming atmosphere, most people cannot help but join in once they step inside.

If you prefer to watch the action rather than be in it, The Copper Hog Gastropub plays every Seattle Sounders Football Club match of the season. It fills the sports pub niche in town.

No matter where your night takes you, these bars will provide you with all entertainment you desire.

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