The Penny Farthing Bar & Restaurant

Featuring delicious shareable plates and creative craft cocktails along with a full bar, Penny Farthing is the perfect downtown Bellingham destination for any occasion. Penny Farthing's menu is designed to tantalize the senses, taking advantage of the freshest local ingredients and the two Wood Stone ovens that anchor our kitchen.

Penny Farthing also boasts a full bar staffed by some of the most talented mixologists in the PNW. Come by to try a Penny Farthing original or two, as well as our innovative interpretations of old classics. We offer an extensive wine, beer, and cider menu as well.

Please note, Penny Farthing reservations only accepted for parties of 6 or more, to make a reservation please call (360) 738-7179.

What is a Penny Farthing, You Ask?

Penny Farthing Resaurant & Bar at Chuckanut Bay Distillery

Our first spirit here at Chuckanut Bay Distillery, a potato vodka, was made using an apple grinder connected to a bicycle frame. That human-powered setup was used to grind over 13,000 pounds of Yukon Golds and win a New York Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal. You can still see the bicycle on display in our tasting room. 

For us, the Penny Farthing also represents innovation; it was the first machine to ever be called a bicycle. We, too, strive to innovate. We’re the first tenants to occupy this entire historic building since 1960 when JC Penney's moved across the street. 

The Penny Farthing bicycle was made by hand from wood and carbon steel – a celebration of raw materials. And like its namesake, our bar was painstakingly built from large pieces of old growth timber and chunks of metal reclaimed from the original building. 

Riding a Penny Farthing wasn’t for the faint of heart. It took conviction and bravery – much like our renovation of this century old building, two-thirds of which sat unused and neglected for over 50 years.

Matt on bike grinding potatoes

Dining Menu

Penny Farthing Menu

Cocktail Menu