Monday, December 10th, 2018
What’s New at Hops ‘N Headz in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

Fans of Hops ‘N Headz — the family-friendly taphouse on Northwest Avenue in Bellingham — may have noticed some changes lately. That’s because the space is under new ownership, with a new logo and rebrand to boot. While the business has a fresh new face, its core elements — 30 craft taps, Asian-inspired food offerings, and an excellent beer garden — remain unchanged. Here’s what you can expect from your next visit to Hops ‘N Headz.

New logo for Hops ‘N Headz.

Since opening in 2015, Hops ‘N Headz has offered everything from board games and foosball to big screen TVs. Inside, tap handles line the walls. Classic rock plays over the sound system. The space is laid out like a house with the kitchen and dining area in the front, and a more laid-back “living room” area — complete with fireplace, more TVs, and games — in the back. This separation makes it perfect for families. Kids can play in the back of house (choosing from an overwhelming variety of board games) while diners enjoy a quieter meal in the bar.

Brews in the sun at Hops ‘N Headz.

Photos: Brandon Fralic












On game days, Hops ‘N Headz transforms into a lively sports bar. Stop by during Seahawks games for $1 off Seattle beers, $12 pitchers of Boneyard RPM, $6 wing baskets, and more. There’s plenty of seating (and plenty of TVs) for groups of sports fans to hang out here and make some noise. But most of the time, it’s a relaxed place to dine, drink, and play with friends and family.

While inside the ‘house is fun for everyone, outside is where Hops ‘N Headz truly shines. Step out into the beer garden during summer to experience one of Bellingham’s best outdoor drinking spots. Where else can you walk up to a repurposed shipping container and order a beer? Ok, you can do that at Stones Throw Brewery. It’s the quaint pond, bridge, fountains, and mini-golf course that make Hops ‘N Headz’ outdoor space truly unique. This beer garden oasis usually opens in May, just in time for summer happy hours. The beer garden is especially fun during live music shows.

The Best of Fools performing in the beer garden.

Regardless of the time of year, Hops ‘N Headz offers 30 rotating craft beer and cider taps. Visit during happy hour (Monday-Thursday from 3-6pm, all day Sunday, and daily 9pm-close) for $1 off pints and a special menu featuring edamame, gyoza, and other tasty appetizers. The extensive tap list features brews from up and down the west coast, with plenty of Bellingham breweries represented for good measure.

Housed in the former Osaka Japanese Restaurant, Hops ‘N Headz continues to embrace its Asian restaurant roots — with a new emphasis on Chinese cuisine. The regular menu is extensive, featuring everything from burgers, sandwiches and salads to Asian-inspired house specialties. During my most recent visit, the daily specials included traditional Chinese favorites like Kung Pao Chicken, Wonton Soup, and Mapo Tofu. Hot Pot meals were available as well (by reservation). And rumor has it that sushi nights will be back soon!

Next time you need a place to kick back with family and friends in Bellingham, give the new Hops ‘N Headz a try. There’s something for just about everyone at this eclectic restaurant, taphouse and sports bar.

Hops ‘N Headz

3207 Northwest Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225


Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 10pm

Sunday, 12pm – 8pm

For a full list of where to eat and craft breweries in Bellingham see our Restaurants page or our Beer page .


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About the Author:

Freelance writer Brandon Fralic has called Bellingham home since 2006. He writes about the outdoors, travel, and craft beer for a variety of regional publications. Brandon co-founded Beers at the Bottom in 2013 to highlight Pacific Northwest trails and ales. His first book, Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest, was released in 2018.