This bar and bottle shop in northern Washington State brings together not only the best in the region but from around the country and world. A beer for every mood, palate, and avenue of exploration makes this a can’t-pass stop.
What it is: Not every bottle shop is a bar and not every bar is a bottle shop. This expansive space in a city that is already teeming with great breweries is both. It’s a chance to drink local—both in bottles and on draft—and to explore the ever-growing beer world. A staple in the city, it’s anything but stale. Not resting on past accolades, Elizabeth Station is always moving forward, not only with beer but with a healthy and diverse cider selection, too.
Why it’s great: Serving a wide selection of great beer is only good when you have a staff who can walk even the most astute experts through the new offerings. Elizabeth Station has those folks behind the bar and walking the floor. Walking past the coolers or scanning the taps, you’ll find yourself muttering, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to try that and that and that.” Convenience store– like junk food is piled high for purchase, or if you’re winding down for the night (or up early) and in the mood for something sweet, Elizabeth Station also has a pouryour-own breakfast-cereal bar. —John Holl
DETAILS Hours: 10 a.m.–midnight, daily Address: 1400 W. Holly Street, Bellingham, WA Web: elizabethstation.es