Now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, northwater at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Bellingham aims to share what makes our region so special, from the mountains to the bay and everything in between. northwater is a contemporary, comfortable restaurant and bar where you can enjoy Pacific Northwest cuisine at its finest. And with a delicious daily happy hour, you can sip on mouthwatering drinks and nibble on tasty bites at excellent prices. From memorable wines to vintage and modern cocktails, happy hour at northwater is a great way to start your evening or wind down your day.

northwater’s refreshing and smoky Como La Fleur cocktail features Neustra Soledad mezcal, hibiscus aqua fresca, fresh orange and ginger. Photo courtesy: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Bellingham.

Just like their kitchen, northwater’s bar is utilizing fresh, local ingredients in their cocktails. House-made mixes, infusions and bitters pair with local and regionally-distilled spirits, herbs and vinegars for a cocktail menu that celebrates the bounty of Cascadia.

If you enjoy lighter, more delicate cocktails, you’ll love the refreshing Chamomile Pisco Sour featuring house-made simple syrup infused with local chamomile.

Inspired by original Sazerac cocktail, northwater’s Catcher in the Rye cocktail features whiskey, Herbsaint, fresh pink grapefruit juice, house-made grapefruit bitters and a local hop-infused honey all garnished with a dried hop cone to enhance the aroma. A play on the JD Salinger novel of the same name, this rye whiskey drink has just the right hint sweet and bitter.

Into something a bit smokey? Try the Laced Whiskey Sour, which features house-made ingredients from start to finish. Cardamom and star anise bourbon is combined with sour mix and poured over an apple wood smoked ice cube. As the drink warms, the house-smoked cube blooms offering a delicately smoky aroma as you sip.

northwater’s Le Muramasa cocktail is named after a famous Japanese swordsmith who lived sometime between the 14th and 16th centuries. Photo courtesy: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Bellingham.

Looking for something a little more adventurous? Try Le Muramasa, a cocktail inspired by a Japanese swordsmith who lived during the Muromachi period. He was known for making well-balanced swords and his namesake cocktail delivers on the same idea. Bartenders combine Big Gin, Lillet Blanc, Drizzle’s White Peach Vinegar, Matcha green tea, fresh lemon, basil and a kick of cayenne for a bit of heat on the finish. The resulting drink is a perfect balance between sweet, tart and spicy – a truly unique cocktail.

Looking for something else? northwater offers a full bar, including a selection of beer and wine. You can eat from the restaurant’s full menu or enjoy well-priced happy hour bites like their Seafood Corn Dogs with blueberry mustard or savory Fried Chicken & Waffle (composed of a garlic and herb waffle, sage, black pepper and maple syrup).

With so many delectable choices, why limit happy to just one hour? northwater offers a daily happy hour, Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. to close, plus all day on Sundays. Patio dining is available seasonally. Visit northwater at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Bellingham at 4260 Mitchell Way in Bellingham.


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