208 E. Holly St.
Bellingham , WA 98225


Tues-Sat 6:00 PM - 1:30 AM


The Royal has been a well-known landmark and evening destination for college students and ‘hamsters for quite a few years now. It’s experimented with changes in image (including a short-lived stint as a hip-hop club), but lately it’s gotten rid of all the trendy clothes in its closet, in favor of a more basic wardrobe. Simply put, it’s a bar and dance club with a largely college-based clientele.

Along with the figurative closet cleaning came some minor remodeling. When you walk into the Royal these days, you’ll find that what used to be two rooms on the main floor has become one large room, more or less, separated by the bar in the middle. The space to the right of the bar is long and narrow, and ends at the dance floor. The space on the left has a few tables and chairs for socializing, and taking a break from the dance floor. If you feel like being even more removed from the music and dancing, trot straight up the stairs. You’ll find a smaller room with a somewhat quieter atmosphere. This room has another bar counter, pool tables and even a couple card tables for playing Texas Hold ‘Em.

The music at the Royal is almost always DJ driven. They try to cycle through most genres, usually starting the set with 80s music, and keeping the crowd dancing with funk, R&B and more. Their reader-board out front on Holly Street keeps their clientele up to date on weekly specials and events, and though many ‘hamsters are long past the age of reading it with any personal interest, it remains a city landmark nevertheless.
Written By: Lisa Holt
On: 10/10/1998


The Royal is located on the left side of Holly Street, between State Street and Railroad Avenue


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