Address

306 W Champion St
Bellingham , WA 98225
(360) 676-8660

Hours

Tues-Sat 4:00 PM - Midnight

Review

If there were a way to magically transport a wine bar out of The City Of Light and drop it straight into the heart of The City of Subdued Excitement, that wine bar would look just like The Temple Bar. Intimate, sophisticated and with an atmosphere that evokes a hip, all-night café on a quiet side street in Paris, The Temple Bar is one of Bellingham’s best low-key, evening meeting spots. It’s the sort of place you go to share a bottle of wine with your best friend, to catch up on a month’s worth of news. It has just the right atmosphere for a second or third date with that certain someone you’ve decided is worth spending some romantic time with. And it’s the ideal setting for a discussion of the merit and meaning of the French film you and your friends just saw over at The Pickford.

Having only seven or eight tables and some bar and counter seating, The Temple Bar is a cozy place, but high ceilings and large front windows keep it from feeling claustrophobic. Their food menu is in proportion to the size of the establishment, and offers a succinct collection of things to eat. A plate of well-chosen cheese samples with fruit, a Parisian baguette sandwich or, very simply, a warm bowl of pistachio nuts are among the choices on their menu. They serve wine, bottled beer and coffee, with their emphasis on the wine. There are typically four whites and four red wines offered by the glass, all generally very well chosen. If you’d prefer a bottle, you can order one of the by-the-glass offerings, or take a look at the wine list, where you will find an interesting selection of both domestic and overseas wines. All of this, combined with the consistently gracious service, makes an evening at The Temple Bar a pleasant one.
Written By: Lisa Holt
On: 8/17/2006

Directions

Follow Holly Street through downtown to the light at Bay Street. Take a right onto Bay Street and proceed to the Stop sign at Champion. The Temple Bar will be directly in front of you.

Features

Over 21 | Beer and Wine | Dinner | Espresso | Smoke-free | Wheelchair Accessible

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