Who knew there were so many fun places in Lynden to gather and soothe your thirst? Relax with a glass of wine, chat over a craft cocktail, or raise your pint to the big game at one of these Lynden’s drink spots.

Overflow Taps
106 5th Street, Lynden

Can’t bring yourself to choose just one? A flight of Barley Wines at Overflow Taps. Photo courtesy: Overflow Taps.

A trip to Overflow Taps is like going on a pub crawl without leaving your seat. Nowhere else in Lynden can you sample from so many local and regional brews. With 14 rotating handles of beer and cider on tap, you’re sure to find something new and tasty on each visit.

Overflow says that their Lynden regulars are like family – a family that is especially supportive of their ongoing charitable undertaking.

At Overflow Taps, they want you to “drink socially responsible.” That’s why they’ve partnered with the nonprofit humanitarian group, Charity: Water. Twenty-five cents from each pint sold goes towards their goal of alleviating the water scarcity crisis around the world. It just makes choosing your pint from Overflow Taps a little bit easier!

8874 Bender Road #107, Lynden

Taps! And did we forget to mention Overflow also serves wine? Photo courtesy: Overflow Taps.

In the mood for something sweet? Sour? Possibly salty? Perhaps a margarita from Cancun is what you’re after. This is both a great family-style Mexican eatery and a full-service cantina.

Spice up your night with a tasty classic; Cancun’s house margarita is done right, with real agave, fresh lime juice and Grand Marnier – no head-achingly sweet, pre-fab mixes found here. And their margarita variants offer exciting twists, like the Ixtapa (with orange juice and watermelon liqueur) or the Jalapeno Cucumber (with jalapeno and cucumber). And their guacamole and salsas are made fresh daily. These details make all the difference.

Steakhouse9 Bistro and Lounge
115 E Homestead Boulevard, Lynden

Mimosas anyone? Your head will spin with the assortment of mimosas Steakhouse9 can whip up. Dashes of flavored liqueurs complement exotic fruit juices and sparkling wines.

With in-house infusions and quality ingredients, Steakhouse9 also offers their own twists on prohibition-era cocktails. For a floral take on an herbal classic, try their Bee’s Knees Please. They infuse their gin with lavender, shaken with sweet honey syrup and lemon juice to brighten it up.

Of course, Steakhouse9 has a fleet of taps with a variety of draft choices, as well, plus a wide selection of wines. Stop by for happy hour from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. daily and sample some of their savory appetizers with your choice of drink.

The Mill
655 Front Street, Lynden

Cozy up fireside with your glass of wine or maybe an Old Fashioned at The Mill. Photo courtesy: Lynden Chamber of Commerce.

If your idea of a perfect night out includes sipping wine and nibbling on a cheese plate, then look no further than The Mill. Owner, Robin Hungerford, was the proprietor of Perfectly Paired, a popular wine and accompaniments shop in Fairhaven. With The Mill, Robin and her husband, Matt Hungerford, have taken that concept and blended it with a fuller bistro menu.

To build on that idea, they even have a Pairing Club. Members receive two bottles of wine, accoutrements, and a sweet treat for two, among other perks.

“I’m a wine person and we have really great wine choices across the board,” says Linda VanDiest, The Mill’s restaurant manager.

Their house options include a Shooting Star white and, in the spring, they’ll be rolling out a specialty red. It will be a blend made just for The Mill, vinted by Basel Cellars in Woodenville, WA.

So, relax in a plush chair by the fireplace and sample from their extensive wine list. Feeling like a cocktail, instead? The Mill serves up all the classics, made with house-infused liquors and freshly squeezed juices,. Linda recommends their Old Fashioned, the perfect fireside sipper.

The Nuthouse Grill
8874 Bender Road, Lynden

Kick back, shell some nuts, and wash them down with a pint at the Kick Back Saloon in The Nuthouse Grill. This restaurant-bar offers a laid back atmosphere complete with sports memorabilia and an internet-connected jukebox. It’s a great place to sidle up to for a weekend sports game.

To be clear, the Nuthouse is a very snack-friendly establishment. If you think you could handle something a bit more than shelled peanuts, they serve up 15 pub fare favorites, from onion rings to chicken wings. Their eight tap handles feature both local brews and domestic favorites alike. Swing by during their daily happy hour from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., with late night happy hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Whether you’d prefer a quiet table for two or a bustling bar of regulars, there’s a spot for everyone on a night out in Lynden’s Downtown.


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