Cobalt Grill and Lounge

When John Enright purchased what was formerly Whiskey’s Burger Bistro in November 2018, he knew he wanted to reinvent the restaurant according to feedback from customers. Enright, chef and owner of the new Cobalt Grill and Lounge, says the menu will change regularly. He plans to create daily specials based on customer input and in-season ingredients.

Although Enright has opened several restaurants for and with others, this is his first family-owned and operated endeavor. “It’s always been a lifetime dream,” he says. “I just fell in love with the community.”

While certain aspects of the former restaurant will remain the same, such as the historic Fairhaven mural covering the left wall and the skylights that allow sunlight to stream in, Enright has been adding touches of his own. The walls are now painted in shades of gray, alternating with walls of exposed brick and wood accents. Sleek black leather booths line the room, and distressed wood floors carry through the bar and dining areas.

The food is traditional American with an emphasis on local seafood, natural products, and abundant bar selections. The drinks menu is a whopping five pages long, with an expanding list of cocktails, wine, and other spirits, including 31 types of whiskey.

The food menu is also varied. For starters, try the Coconut Prawns ($9), served with a delicious sweet chili sauce. For lunch, go for the BAMB Burger ($13.50), a blend of beef and lamb with feta cheese, arugula, roasted tomato, pesto mayo, and a fluffy-as-a-cloud bun. I recommend a side of garlic parmesan yam fries. For dinner, try the 10-inch Chicken Pot Pie ($15). It has a domed, flaky crust and a creamy filling packed with chicken, celery, carrots, onions, peas, mushrooms, and fresh herbs. For dessert, indulge in the rich Apple Raisin Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce ($6).

Whether you’re wanting a quick drink or dinner with friends, Cobalt Grill and Lounge is a must. The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on the weekend; it closes at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, and at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Happy hour is Tuesday through Friday, 3–6 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

1304 12th St., Bellingham
360.526.2905 |

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"Whether you’re wanting a quick drink or dinner with friends, Cobalt Grill and Lounge is a must."