drinks. food. art. music.

Redlight is owned and run by artist Rebecca Ogden and musician Shea Hagan, and staffed with love by a small and tight handful of equally creative folks. We love (in no particular order) each other, drinks, food, art, music, our customers, and our town. We are known for providing fine, carefully made cocktails, craft beers and wines, as well as cheap canned beers and specialty shots, because Bellingham has the taste of a connoisseur with a blue-collar heart. Order at the bar and find that we like to keep things simple, but excellent, and above all we know how to have a good time.

The space is cozy, sparkly, still has the original (115+ year old) meathooks and other architectural details, and comes complete with a 110 year old murder mystery. Redlight is the perfect spot for a night off from the rock and roll, the best place for a special date, and a regular stop for servers from other wonderful local bars and restaurants. With wifi, coffee, booze, locally baked pastries and a constantly changing bar menu, Redlight is a dream come true for anyone looking for a public space to work in peace. We've got more than a little something for everybody. Come in and we'll prove it.

Last but not least: the live music is intimate, awesome, and rare. We host only one weekday show a month and none on weekends). Shows are always 2-band bills from 10-midnight so that you can catch the whole show and still manage to get home at a reasonable hour or wander away to see what's happening down the street...because we're considerate like that. 

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Drinks for Film Is Truth

We want to help Film Is Truth reach their Kickstarter goal as they transition into a new location and a non-profit! 

Redlight will be donating 15% of our October 28th sales to their Kickstarter campaign. So go ahead and plan a night out with all your friends and help support this local gem! 

A bit about Film Is Truth and their current campaign:

"The original idea of Film is Truth has always been to provide access to film—as art, as education, and as entertainment. That idea continues to guide us today.

The video industry has changed a lot over the years, and we have grown while remaining true to our vision. We hope you will help us with our latest transition, so we can keep bringing film and all its benefits to our community. We’re moving the store from our Holly Street location to a new space in the Public Market on Cornwall Avenue. We have occupied three previous downtown locations as our needs have changed, and we’re especially excited about our upcoming new location. Our new neighbors are established specialty businesses, we’ll have access to a meeting room for programs and classes, and you’ll have access to tons of free parking! The new space requires renovation to transform it from its former use as the old Safeway butcher shop into a suitable new home.

At the same time that we are working on this move, we’ve also established a nonprofit organization that will allow Film is Truth to expand its mission. Film Is Truth A Nonprofit Corporation will become the curator of our collection of over 15,000 movie titles as just one of the many facets of its activities. We feel strongly that the collection as a whole is an important physical resource, and that the presence of our brick-and-mortar store brings people together so that conversations can begin."


Happy summertime! Speaking of that, in the next week (or so) when everyone starts the complaining about being hot and sweaty, don't forget that our patio is the breeziest and our cocktails are fresh and frosty. We're kind of built for summer nights, nobigdeal.  

Our current art show (up now and through July) is by phenomenal local artist Richard Olmsted, and it will blow your mind. Come by and check it out before we sell them all. 

There are some interesting changes happening at Redlight, so read on to learn everything new about Bellingham's sparkliest bar...


MUSIC You've probably noticed, we've cut way back on the live music. In fact, we're keeping it to just one weekday show per month (no weekend shows at all), to be your go-to, cover-free joint for those nights when you simply want to be able to get a seat and some drinks, without a noisy event lousing up your fun. HERE'S THE THING: To keep it to just one show a month, we turn down a bunch of great stuff, so you have to know that when we DO book a show it's going to be an especially good one. Don't miss Wild Throne's tour kick-off with openers World Runners Thursday June 26th, or Rookerizer (Rookery and Totalizer, getting weird, sharing the set!) with Male bondage ("Indianapolis Sludge Lords!") on Tuesday July 22nd. Both shows start 
at 10, only $4 at the door.


FOOD and DRINK We're making some menu changes so keep your eyes peeled for new house drink books (yes, BOOKS) with more delicious cocktails and cheap combos than ever, including THE SANDRIDER, THE VESPERTINE, THE KING BUZZO, and LA LLORONA.
 We'll be re-vamping the food menu soon too, so now would be a good time to vote with your wallet if you want us to keep your favorites.


THE MEAT LOCKER With Its original, 100+ year old meat hooks (from the days when our space was a working butcher shop and site of a murder!), this unique and cozy seating area is open for everyone's enjoyment and AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATION! You may hold the room for parties of 6 or greater, weeknights (no weekend rentals) for free! Add a designated server for $50/4hrs + gratuity, of course! Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to reserve the room, at


Redlight Hoodies and T-shirts!

Redlight Hoodies and T-shirts!
  We've had lots of requests for more Redlight sweatshirts so, we are taking pre-sale orders again!  This time, we've also added t-shirts and tanks!!!  Use the coupon code below when checking out on our website to get



off entire purchase!

Coupon Code: TK31UWW


Visit our website here or fill out an order form at Redlight to place your order.  Orders must be placed by 02/20/2014.  Orders will be ready for pickup or shipped on 03/01/2014


Falling Upstairs, Squints Palledorous, Ship to Ship ~ Doors @ 9pm $5


Falling Upstairs - Bellingham, WA

Squints Palledorous - Bellingham, WA

Peter Hillary, Josh Kiener (members of Todos Somos Lee) and Drew Fitchette, Wendelin Wohlgemuth (members of Rooftops)!!!

   Photo by Kevin Lowdon Photography

Photo by Kevin Lowdon Photography

Ship to Ship - Bellingham, WA


Rookery, Totalizer ~ Doors @ 9pm $5

Rookery - Bellingham, WA

"Fully formed in early 2011, with 45+ years of collective experience. Our old bands include Black Eyes and Neckties, The Mark, USS Horsewhip, Axes of Evil, Serious Black and the Seizures. We're into sweaty basements and dim bars."


Totalizer - Bellingham, WA


Sarah in the Wild, The Family Crest ~ Doors @ 9pm $5

Sarah in the Wild - Bellingham, WA

"There are few singers who can compel a buzzing capacity crowd into instant silence. Fewer who can keep them quiet and suddenly reverent. Even more rare, are the one or two that can charm each listener to feel they are being singularly addressed. Sarah Goodin is such a singer." 

Scott Casey - What's Up! Magazine

The Family Crest - San Francisco, CA

The Family Crest is an orchestral indie collective based in San Francisco. Beginning as a collaborative recording project in 2008, the group evolved by 2010 into a six-piece band with over 250 ‘Extended Family Members’ who participate in recordings, live performances, and other media and art projects. The band aims to form an interactive community around a common musical platform, dissolving the barrier between artist and audience member.

Nov. 24, 2012 - The Crying Shame, Slacks ~ Doors @ 9pm $5

The Crying Shame - Seattle, WA

Slacks - Bellingham, WA

You Ain't - The Slacks' nine song debut album was tracked at Egg Studios in Seattle with Conrad Uno, the engineer/producer/legend behind The Presidents of the United States of America’s self-titled album and countless other recordings with bands like Mudhoney, The Mono Men, Fastbacks, Flops, and the Young Fresh Fellows.


A Very Hedwig Halloween

Thank you to the AMAZING performers who made our Hedwig Halloween absolutely perfect!  And of course, thank you to all who came out to join in the fun, it was so, so great!!!!  Here are a few photos from the night...

You can see more amazing photos by Sarah Day Photography here: 

Jeffrey Foucault at Redlight Tonight

9/8, $10, door at 8, music from 9-11

Jeffrey Foucault grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. His father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing, which are not so different when you think about it. He went to college and dropped out, took a job on a fruit farm and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa. He finished school, roofed houses, drove a snowplow, and home-schooled the son of the local bar owner in exchange for beer. He cut his first

album in the winter of 2000.

“Jeffrey Foucault, sings stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest.”

“Songwriting brilliance.”

“Part John Prine, part Dylan, part lonely cowboy swilling whiskey out on a moonlit prairie…”

Buy a $30 Gift Certificate for only $20!

Visit our Facebook page to claim offer or come into Redlight and mention this post.

Offer Expires September 12, 2012
Must redeem offer by 11PM 09/15/2012
Gift Certificate valid 10/01/2012 - 4/01/2013
Purchase Limit 3 per person. Only1 Gift Certificate may be used per table, per visit. May not be combined with any other offer, discounts or happy hour prices. Must be 21+ to redeem gift certificate.

Benefit Bingo - Every Wednesday at Redlight

Brought to you by Redlight and hosted by Kamarie Chapman and Michelle Schutte, we're gonna do good things together - and also drink wine, eat delicious food, and yell BINGO.


We'll pick one charity per month to receive a donation from the profits collected over the course of the month. That means, not only should you show up and play, but just by bringing friends with you to play and contribute, you're doing good things for people in need. You know you want to. That's altruism, dudes.

There will be oodles of prizes for the Bingo-players! Each bingo board will cost you a couple of bucks, and each game will have a prize-winner!

We raised $1210 in August for our charity/non-profit Northwest Youth Services! NWYS offers programs to at-risk, runaway and homeless youth in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Whatcom County’s 2011 Point in Time Count found 57 unaccompanied homeless minors living on the street. (Experts estimate that this number is only 30% of the actual number of adolescents in need of housing and wrap-around services). Young people run away from home for a variety of reasons. Due to unhealthy issues in their homes, living on the street is often a better choice than remaining at home. Lack of parenting skills and support, as well as parents who reach a point where they are no longer able to provide for their children, leave vulnerable adolescents without a place to turn. By 2015, NWYS plan to have the capacity to serve any at-risk, runaway or homeless youth in Skagit and Whatcom Counties.

A huge "Thank you" goes out to these local businesses: Without their generous contributions, these fundraising efforts wouldn't be possible!

Carnelian Agency
Adam Nash Photography
Avalon Music
Every Day Music

Joy of Pilates
WWU - Dept. of Theatre & Dance
D'Anna's Cafe Italiano
Temple Bar
Casa Que Pasa
Melissa Helzer Lukeris
Tina North (DJ Moonboot)
Film is Truth
The Shakedown
Little Cheerful
Sarah Day Photography
Michael Gonzales (Music Lessons Plus)
Neighborhood Harvest
Horseshoe Cafe
UpFront Theater
iDiOM Theater
Mariner's Tickets (Industrial Credit Union)
Studio Galactica
Kamarie Chapman (finger-puppet-master)