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Boundary Bay Brewery & BistroBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1107 Railroad Ave.
Bellingham, Washington, 98227
United States

(360) 647-5593 | map

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Reviews by davidchollar:
Photo of davidchollar
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

years ago i had a dinner party here, got the sampler set, loved it. i remember it well, because i had already been going to WWU (about 10 blocks away) for a year, but just discovered this place. i was surprised and impressed that a place like this exists, where you can get good food and great beer in a cool, relaxed atmosphere.

last week i took the family on a little trip up to victoria. from there we took the ferry over to vancouver, stopped in B'ham for a short visit on the way back to seattle. we didn't have much time, so i went to boundary bay just to check it out and buy some bottles to take home. the place had obviously been remodeled. there is a big outdoor dining area i don't remember, and the basic layout is different, expanded i think.

i spent some time looking at the t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale, eventually made my way to the bar. i told the bartender i wanted to buy some bottles, and she said all they had was the ESB and the scotch style ale. while i was waiting for her to get some bottles for me, i asked for a sample of the 2003 bounder. WOW. that was one of the most flavorful beers i tasted on my whole 2-week trip, wish i could have had more. i have yet to enter my reviews for the beers, from notes. the ESB was pretty good, i really liked the scotch style ale though it doesn't compare to the awesome fat bastard.

the reason i docked some points for service is that after i walked in, i wandered around for nearly 5 minutes checking out the place and nobody said a word. they looked a little busy with a little late lunch rush, but everybody saw me looking around like it was my first time there and they ignored me. even when i went to the bar, it took a few minutes for the bartender to even notice me, but there were only about 3 guys at the bar. this was a little annoying at first, but then she was nice, helpful and quick. wish i could've tried all they had to offer, but i had to drive. next time i'll stay in town and walk as it's conveniently located downtown.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've actually been here many times, but never reviewed it until today, apparently. My wife, kids, mother, and I went there for lunch yesterday.

They're kid friendly, open and friendly vibe. Bistro isn't the nicest in the world, but it's not bad. I like going there.

They generally make good but not special beer. They have a decent selection of beer, maybe 8-10 taps, only their own beers. Yesterday, they had their 2014 Old Bounder on tap, and it was extremely good (I had a second glass of it and bought a bottle to take home).

Their food is good -- much better than standard pub grub. I haven't been disappointed by anything I've had there, and their menu seems to change somewhat, with a few dishes that seem to be on the menu all the time.

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Photo of gandres
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Beervana
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of Noooddle
4.01/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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 -8.3%

Photo of mr-jj
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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 +3.9%

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Donkster46
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of soccerbrew
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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 -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +12.5%
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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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA
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