The Beaver Inn

5 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

115 W Holly St
Bellingham, Washington, 98225-4310
United States

(360) 733-3460 | map

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Photo of mabermud
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of JTrona11
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The Beav is one Bellingham's favorite locals bars. A decent selection of widely avaiable microbrews is on the wall. They also have cheap beer for the college kids. A couple of TVs if you want to watch the game. Two pool tables, air hockey (can get annoyingly loud), pinball,darts and Big Buck Hunter if you play games. Pull tabs available for your gambling jones. The owner/bartender, Don, is a little gruff but funny. He was just voted best bartender in Bellingham in the annual survey by the local weekly paper. The food is typical fried bar food, but done well. The fried chicken is very good, best chicken in town.
If you can avoid the college knuckleheads, the beaver is a good, locals, place to hang out.

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Photo of cdViking
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Perhaps the most popular of Bellingham's downtown dives, the Beaver holds a special place in my heart as an old-time stomping grounds. There is no longer the stench of cigarette smoke ingrained into the upholstery; it has now been replaced by the strangely appetizing scent of fried Mac n' Cheese. Much better atmosphere than some of the "clubs" in the area, the Beaver is where you one goes to have a good time w/o worrying about impressing anybody.

The facility itself is rather dingy and disgusting. Tacky furniture, the worst bathroom in the history of bathrooms, a noticeable lack of seating, and only two pool tables and dartboards make for inferior accommodations.

The quality of the offerings is a mixed bag. There are a number of NW micros on tap, but the majority of the beers available are cheap macros. The prices are very decent, and if the goal is to get drunk, there is no better deal in town than the five dollar pitchers offered every night of the week. A full bar is also available.

Given my long history of patronage at the Beav, I probably have a skewed perception of the service, but as a regular I've always been treated tremendously. Generous pours and an occasional free drink, and consistent wise cracks from the owner (a wonderful name named Don) make for a good time.

The food is pretty standard for bars and nothing to get too excited about. Lots of fried food, with the highlights being the fried macaroni and fried pickles. Great for late in the evening, but nothing you would ever dream of touching in any other situation.

For a college dive, the Beaver is an awesome time to unpretentiously mingle with other early twenty-somethings on weekend evenings. It may not have the dazzle of some other places, but you'll have a great time here.

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Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The Beaver is a typical locals/college bar. Various Micros on tap, always a good selection. Most of the beers tend to be West Coast/Northwest micros. As this place can be really busy with the college kids they go through their beers quickly, so I've never had an issue with freshness. There are 2 pool tables, air hockey, pinball, darts and pulltabs. The food is basic pubgrub mostly fried, the fried chicken is very good. Crispy and juicy without being too greasy. A couple of TVs so you can watch the game. It gets a little boisterous at night, but a fun place. If you go during the afternoon it's generally pretty mellow. A good average bar, not worth a special trip but if you're in town, not a bad stop.

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Photo of freed
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I've got quite an affinity for this place. It was the place where my group of friends went to drink beer during college. Its a pretty typical almost-dive bar - air hockey, video games, darts pool tables, pull tabs and surprisingly comfortable office chairs. Smoking is allowed, which is my main gripe with the place - it smells when it fills in, and you smell from the time you enter until the time you burn your clothes and shower.

But, they have a pretty good selection of local beers on tap, plus cheap PBR to keep your friends happy. But then again, the pitchers of the micros were also pretty cheap.

I've only had the popcorn here so I'm not qualified to review the food. Som e friends rave over the fried pickles and others say its pretty good chow.

The Beav, as we affectionately refer to it as, was always a fun place to hang out and have a cheap evening, or it was a good starting or ending place if other venues were wanted.

I've only had one bad beer here - it was an Alaskan Amber that tasted like it hadn't yet fermented. The bartender insisted that it was supposed to be that sweet. I was kind of hoping for something else and didn't get it.

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The Beaver Inn in Bellingham, WA
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