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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Boundary Bay Brewery & BistroBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
BEER AVG
3.63/5
Based on:
65 Beers
810 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 42
Visits: 62
Avg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1107 Railroad Ave.
Bellingham, Washington, 98227
United States
phone: (360) 647-5593 | map
www.bbaybrewery.com

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Reviews: 42 | Visits: 62
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's tempting to think of Bellingham as the quintessential northwest city. It's comfortably mid-sized with a mix of historic charm, modern adaptations and a lively personality. That might also describe the Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro. It enjoys a great broken-in feeling courtesy of the building's origins as a downtown waterfront industry. The bar has worn, wooden floors, suspended sails and a dingy, and windows into the brewery. Plus, there's a beer garden, a patio, and isolated views of the bay.

The brewpub is in the heart of downtown Bellingham immediately across from the Farmer's Market. It's extremely popular among Bellinghammers. The diverse food menu is reasonably priced, tasty and falls mainly into that imprecise category called "comfort food." Try splitting a mac & cheese and a salad with a friend or the grilled portobellos if available.

The bar has just six seats. But the bar room and dining hall probably hold 100 or more people and will be packed during peak service hours. Expect a twenty-minute wait for a table on a Friday night. Service is responsive and pleasant. On one occasion my server forgot to bring me a beer menu for perhaps 15 minutes but compensated for this with a pint on the house. Apparently it's their policy.

Ten house beers include about seven regulars, three seasonals, one nitro tap and no guests. Cask ales are tapped on Thursdays. Boundary Bay enjoys a solid reputation for fine ales though my experience has been mixed. Most beers are American and British Isle derived with rare excursions into continental territory. 22-oz. bottles are available to go at the service counter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gandres
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited on an afternoon Saturday, December 26, 2015
Bartender was very attentive even with a full restaurant
Limited choice coming from brewery
location and place is very good but parking is a challenge

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Beervana
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited Boundary Bay on a recent trip to Bellingham and it was my favorite of the breweries I visited. It has a very lived-in brewpub feel, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a population of regulars in addition to the autumn-weekend tourists.

There were about a dozen beers on tap during my visit, and the ones I had were decent if not mind-blowing. Everything seems well-crafted, even if the individual beers weren't all exactly to my taste. The food is good; I opted for the reuben (my go-to brewery choice) and it was quite tasty. The staff are friendly and I felt like I was treated as a regular despite it having been my first visit. I will definitely try to return here the next time I'm in town.

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Photo of Sails_Ambassador
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Noooddle
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Vibe — A bustling and busy space with nice tall ceilings and a small main bar area that peers into the brewing space. Nice and warm, always packed. Nice outdoor seating in the warmer months.

Quality — Always high quality, though the beers may not be earth shattering, they are always well made and tasty.

Service — Usually quite good, sometimes not so much, a bit inconsistent, but overall it is good, quick and attentive.

Selection — Limited taps and often times there is something on Randal and something on Cask, can usually find something new, but can always find an old favorite.

Food — Pretty limited menu, but I have never had a dish I didn't like, the Turkey Dip is a go to, and the salads are always great.

Overall — A great place for an original craft beer and good food. We go multiple times a month.

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Photo of Brandonparrent
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Boundary Bay has long been a staple in the NW craft beer community and even after all these years they're still on their game. Most of their offerings are very good, and the food is consistently good as well. Plus, there's usually a few offerings on cask. All of this coupled with great service make this a must visit when in Bellingham.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mr-jj
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

I like the vibe of this brewpub. Lots of energy, friendly servers, great menu and food, and a good beer selection.

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Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Donkster46
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of soccerbrew
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

First the good: love the room, the beer garden, the whole ambiance. It's great! The service was just as great. It was busy and our server was doing a fantastic job of being personable and making sure everyone was happy. Amazing! The menu has a good selection that is sure to please a wide variety of people. Speaking of which, it's a good mix of patrons from sporty-bikesters to hipsters to everyday working people. I wish patrons were allowed to choose the 6 beers in the sampler but it covers nearly all their regular offerings ... and when I asked about the two keg beers the great server happily brought me mini tasters in addition to the 6 on my tray.
Now for the bad: I really didn't like any of their beers. They were totally disjointed, tasting like they were just thrown together without any sense of balance. The listed alcohol levels were reasonable but the lack of a balanced accentuated the alcohol which made the beers taste even worse. I didn't finish any of the eight I tried. I thought I had hit the beers on an off day but a local beside me was raving about their big and bold taste.
So I'm torn about recommending BBB to friends. How about: it's a fantastic beer destination but just don't drink the beers.
Maybe it's just me so I'll give the beers another chance another time ...

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This local Bellingham pub epitomizes the Bellingham culture. Down to Earth, natural, somewhat artsy, and laid back. They serve a solid IPA. For me, it is especially tasty on cask. This is one of our favorite places to go in the summer for afternoon beers, plus it is very much, kid friendly. The outdoor seating/beer garden is nice, the events they have here are always fun, and it is centrally located in downtown Bellingham. Their beers are solid, the food is good, and the people are nice.

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Photo of heyealex
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

They have a great brewpub. The beer isn't the best I've had, but I've been spoiled over the years. Overall, its great quality, the Cascadian Dark is one of my favorites. The food is the best I've had at a brewpub, try the yam enchiladas, I thought it sounded crazy at first, but they are amazing. The staff is incredibly helpful and fun to be around, especially after a few pints. Very much recommended if you find yourself in Bellingham.

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Photo of staceya2
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.