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  • Staff was super friendly, helpful and social. The ambiance was great. Selection of beverages was good. Definitely will be back!

    Sandy Edin Avatar
    Sandy Edin
    8/06/2018
  • What an awesome place. Exactly what ferndale needed. Great atmosphere, definitely not trying to be to fancy for ferndale. We will definitely be going back!!!

    Sam McGrady Avatar
    Sam McGrady
    7/14/2018

Beer, Wine & Cider

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with a wide array of beers in all styles, select ciders & featured wines.

  • Axis Brut IPA

    7 Seas Brewing

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    • Style ::

      Brut IPA

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    • ABV ::

      6.9%

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      IBU ::

      30

    • Description ::

      A relatively new category of IPA emerging out of the California Bay area distinguished by its light color, effervescence, intense hop aroma, minimal hop bitterness, and dry finish with nearly no residual sweetness. Brewed with 100% German pilsner malt.

  • Pineapple Cider

    Ace

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      5%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Balanced, crisp, natural offering made with fresh pineapple and no added sugars. It contains fewer calories than some of the industry's leading cider brands with zero artificial ingredients. Fruity, tropical & refreshing! Enjoy

  • Highway to Helles

    Anacortes Brewery

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      Helles

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    • ABV ::

      4.8%

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      IBU ::

      18

    • Description ::

      Our Helles Lager is a tribute to the North Cascades Highway that runs through Anacortes. Highly drinkable and well-balanced, this refreshing session beer is brewed in the traditional German style. A light grainy maltiness provided by Premium two-row and Vienna malts is supported by a restrained bitterness from Vanguard and Perle hops that subsides to a soft and dry finish.

  • Keera's Yard

    Atwood Ales

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    • Style ::

      Biere de Garde

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    • ABV ::

      6.8%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Our “old-time woofy dog” is always on guard. The malty brother-in-law to saison, our “beer to keep” is inspired by the malt forward farmhouse ales of northern France. Both rich and light-bodied, hearty and refreshing, clean and musty, this complex beer features an amber hue, spicy, toasted malt and a crisp finish. Brewed with Copeland Dark malt from Skagit Valley Malting.

  • Hard Blackberry Cider

    Avid Cider Co.

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      6.2%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      The sweetness and tartness of the blackberries is rounded out by the deep body of the elderberries. Filled with tannins the cider leaves a delightful dry finish that red wine lovers will especially enjoy.

  • Peach

    BeeHaven

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      Mead

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    • ABV ::

      5.5%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Melomel style, a year-round favorite. Deliciously smooth. Ours is gently blended with bits of peach, complemented by a floral bouquet of chamomile and saffron petals. Try our peach mead with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a decadent dessert. Also pairs nicely with poultry and pork.

  • Scotch Ale

    Bellevue Brewing Co.

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      Scotch Ale

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    • ABV ::

      7.7%

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      IBU ::

      32

    • Description ::

      Rich, full-bodied caramel goodness with hints of cashew, hazelnut, and toffee.

  • Blood Orange

    Bellingham Cider Co.

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      6.7%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Semi dry cider with a citrus kick of tangy blood orange and smooth finish.

  • RPM

    Boneyard Beer Co.

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    • Style ::

      American IPA

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    • ABV ::

      6.5%

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      IBU ::

      50

    • Description ::

      Brewed using 6 different NW varieties of hops at over 2.5 pounds per barrel, RPM IPA focuses on extreme hoppiness rather than bitterness. It’s golden to copper in color with a complex malt profile that will not overshadow the hops. Our flagship, RPM IPA, will satisfy any opinionated hop forward IPA consumer.

  • Space Camper

    Boulevard Brewing Co.

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      American IPA

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    • ABV ::

      5.9%

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      IBU ::

      50

    • Description ::

      Space Camper Cosmic IPA is an exhilarating initiation into a mind-bending alternate universe of India Pale Ales. Our brewers employ massive hop additions at the end of the boil, and during fermentation, to minimize upfront bitterness and create a juicy IPA bursting with tropical fruit flavors and aromas of nectar and citrus.

  • Root Beer

    Boundary Bay Brewery

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      Non - Alcoholic

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      0%

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      0

    • Description ::

      Sorry, no info at the moment.

  • Estate Grown Dedication Eleven

    Cougar Crest Winery

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    • Style ::

      Red Wine Blend

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    • ABV ::

      13.6%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Our eleventh release of Dedication is a blend of four varietals; 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Lush, ripe plums, red currants, black cherries, and a hint of dried roses and herbs on the nose are balanced by acidity and tannins that are smooth and graceful, not overbearing.

  • Heat Seeker Hefe

    Flyers Restaurant and Brewery

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      Hefeweizen

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    • ABV ::

      4%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      A Bavarian style Hefeweizen, a cloudy brew with slight hints of bannana and clove. Light and refreshing.

  • KBS

    Founders Brewing Co.

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      Stout

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    • ABV ::

      12.4%

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      IBU ::

      70

    • Description ::

      What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight

  • Cream Ale -- NITRO

    Hale's Ales

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    • Style ::

      Cream Ale

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    • ABV ::

      4.7%

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      IBU ::

      10

    • Description ::

      Hale’s Ales was the first craft brewery in America to produce nitrogen conditioned beers. Cream Ale has a light mouthfeel and a light, balanced flavor. Easy drinking and unique.

  • Dark Persuasion

    Icicle Brewing Co.

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      Porter

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    • ABV ::

      6.5%

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      IBU ::

      22

    • Description ::

      Delicate dark chocolate with a whisper of coconut... You know you want it, go ahead and indulge. You can finally have German Chocolate Cake and drink it too. There's no need to be nervous, it's just wickedly deep and full of flavor and desire.

  • 1000 Flowers

    Iron Horse Brewery

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    • Style ::

      Barleywine

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    • ABV ::

      9.6%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Limited run barleywine brewed with honey and saffron.

  • Elwha Rock

    Island Hoppin' Brewery

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    • Style ::

      American IPA

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    • ABV ::

      6.4%

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      IBU ::

      100

    • Description ::

      Floral, citrusy and just a hint earthy with a nice crisp finish.

  • Sunrise Amber

    Island Hoppin' Brewery

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      Red Ale

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    • ABV ::

      6%

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      IBU ::

      40

    • Description ::

  • Guayusa Mint

    Kombucha Town

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      Tea

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      0%

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      0

    • Description ::

      Kombucha Town Guayusa Mint awakens the warrior within and gives you the power to face whatever the day throws at you. Ingredients: water, kombucha culture*, guyausa mint tea*, ceylon black tea*, cane sugar* *Organic & Non-GMO

  • 2015 Star Ship

    Longship Cellars

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    • Style ::

      Cabernet Sauvignon

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    • ABV ::

      14.5%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Black cherry, blackberries and baking spice with hints of vanilla, pipe tobacco, eucalyptus and pencil lead. A rich mouthfeel with chalky tannins, bold flavors of black fruit, toasted pastry and plum skins. Finishes with flavors of black cherry, licorice and peppery spice. Handcrafted & barrel-aged, Star Ship wines were created using only hand-picked grapes from our favorite vineyards throughout Washington State.

  • Two-Sixteen

    Loowit Brewing Company

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    • Style ::

      Red Ale

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    • ABV ::

      5%

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      IBU ::

      23

    • Description ::

      A beautifully balanced, easy drinking red ale named for the Forest Service’s trail designation for the Loowit Trail that circles the base of Loowit (Mt. St. Helens). Two-Sixteen won a gold medal in the Irish Red Ale category at the 2014 and 2016 Washington Beer Awards and also won a silver medal at the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards.

  • Tangerine Wheat

    Lost Coast Brewery

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      Hefeweizen

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    • ABV ::

      5%

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      IBU ::

      14

    • Description ::

      A refreshing citrus ale, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat combines our Lost Coast Harvest Wheat with natural tangerine flavors. Brewed with a combination of wheat and crystal malts, and finished with Perle hops.

  • African Amber

    Mac and Jack's Brewing Co.

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      Amber

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    • ABV ::

      5.8%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      This beer erupts with a floral, hoppy taste, followed by a well rounded malty middle, finishing with a nicely organic hop flavor. Locally sourced two row grain and a blend of specialty malts give our amber its rich taste. Further complexity is achieved by leaving the beer unfiltered. Lastly, we dry hop with locally grown, Yakima valley hops creating what has become the original, cult classic, northwest amber ale.

  • Fuji La La La La

    Newtopia Cyder

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      5.8%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Single Varietal Apple Skin

  • Five Fin

    Pelican Brewing Co.

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      Pilsner

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    • ABV ::

      5.3%

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      IBU ::

      45

    • Description ::

      Five Fin is a uniquely “West Coast” take on the classic Pilsner beer style. Crafted with a unique blend of Centennial and Sterling hops from the Pacific Northwest and Mandarina Bavaria hops from Germany, Five Fin marries the hop-driven flavors of tangerine, pineapple, and lemon zest with classic spicy, floral notes, all balanced against a toasty malt character.

  • Citra IPA

    Stoup Brewing

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      American IPA

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    • ABV ::

      5.9%

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      IBU ::

      50

    • Description ::

      We like to call this one Sunshine In a Glass … or Sunshine In Your Belly because it won’t stay in that glass long. Our Citra IPA is designed to be light and bright in both color and body. Your first sniff will elicit images of tropical fruit and citrus thanks to a healthy dose of Citra hops. Enjoy a pint of this and you might just find yourself gazing skyward, pondering how in the heck sunshine made its way into your glass.

  • Vexxagon

    Structures Brewing

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      Brown Ale

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    • ABV ::

      4%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Oat Brown Ale. We've noticed a bit of a resurgence in classic English style "pub" beers recently, and we're stoked about that. We brewed this as our take on an English brown ale. Brewed with 50% flaked oats in the mash. Big creamy body, nutty aroma and taste, clean dry finish. Highly drinkable.

  • Robust Porter

    Twin Sisters Brewing Co.

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      Porter

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    • ABV ::

      5.6%

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      IBU ::

      32

    • Description ::

  • Pinot Grigio

    Viamora

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    • Style ::

      Pinot Grigio

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    • ABV ::

      12%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Straw yellow in color with a pleasing bouquet of tree fruits, wildflowers and acacia. The light-bodied palate is straight forward and simple showing hints of citrus, tree fruit and mineral notes. Enjoy on its own, or serve with seafood, salads or poultry dishes.

  • Oud Bruin

    Wander Brewing

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      Sour

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    • ABV ::

      6.7%

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      IBU ::

      29

    • Description ::

      Aged 1 year in American oak foeder. Oaky and lightly tart with notes of rum raisin, fig and dried fruit.

  • Fixed The Newel Post

    Wet Coast Brewing Co.

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      Imperial Red Ale

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    • ABV ::

      7.6%

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      IBU ::

      72

    • Description ::

      Fixed the Newel Post! hits you with the resinous pine and juicy citrus flavors and aromas of Eureka! hops. While Caramel Steam and Crystal Rye malts add the perfect amount of sticky-red-sweetness...Tis the Season to be Merry!

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Private Events

Semi-Private

  • 10 people or more
  • Reserved seating
  • Each guest can pay separately
  • 1 Credit card required for reservation
  • Cancellation accepted up to 24 hours before reservation time. If canceled within 24 hours of your reservation, DT Taps will charge 50% of your reservation minimum spend to the card on file.
  • Reservations are considered canceled if the majority of your reservation group do not arrive within 30 minutes of reservation time.
  • Sunday – Wednesday = $25 per person minimum spend (tax/tip not included). This includes any merchandise purchased. Each person does not need to spend $25, just as long as the overall total spend for the entire group is met, it doesn’t matter how much each person spends. If minimum spend is not met, the credit card on file is charged the difference.

Entire Venue

  • This is a private event where DT Taps is closed to the general public
  • PA, microphone, video/laptop projection, and custom menus available
  • Credit card required for reservation. Cancellation accepted up to 1 week before reservation time. If within 1 week of your reservation, DownTime Taps will charge 50% of your reservation minimum spend. If canceled within 1 day of your reservation, DownTime Taps will charge 75% of your reservation minimum spend.
  • Sunday – Wednesday 12pm -5pm = $1200 minimum spend (tax/tip not included). This includes any merchandise purchased. If minimum spend is not met, the credit card on file is charged the difference.

About Us

Background

It’s no secret that over the past decade Bellingham has become a craft brew Mecca in the Pacific Northwest. That being said, folks in outlying areas of Whatcom County have had to make the drive into Bellingham to gain a full appreciation for all this area has to offer. That stops now! DownTime Taps opened its doors in July of 2018 and began offering folks in Ferndale and beyond a unique opportunity to not only sample a variety of local beers, wines and ciders, but the ability to do it on their own terms.

Co-owners, Chay Tan and Tomas Amminie have put a different twist on the already successful definition of a what it means to be a taphouse. DownTime represents the first self-serve establishment in Washington State and truly allows the consumer to dictate the brewery, type and amount of beverage they prefer. With 32 taps and a passion for supporting the remarkable amount of local brewing talent present in the Northwest, Chay and Tomas have created a taphouse for the masses.

Groundbreaking

Over the past year and a half, Chay and Tomas have worked collaboratively with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board to make the self-serve option a reality in our state. They are at the forefront of this progression and have directly assisted in the development of the responsible regulations associated with making this a safe and appealing option in Washington.

Once your ID has been verified and your bracelet is provided, the itemized LCD screens above each tap will allow you to review the descriptions and specific characteristics associated with each beverage. A quick scan of your bracelet will then allow you to pour from 1oz. to a full pint of any tap you choose. Everything is priced by the ounce which gives you the flexibility to drink as much or as little of any given option as you prefer. The revolutionary iPourIt system utilized at DownTime is calibrated to assist the customer with the pouring process and ensures that your drinking experience will be consistent with traditional expectations.

When you combine this experience with the atmosphere at DownTime, it truly creates a new taphouse experience. An expansive and cozy indoor area combined with heated outdoor seating gives you options for all conditions. Order-in food from one of the many local restaurants and relax! We’re confident that you’ll enjoy your experience but also hopeful that you’ll provide any constructive feedback related to how we can make our environment even better. We acknowledge that being groundbreaking has its cost and we will always strive to be receptive to your feedback. Welcome to Whatcom County’s taproom, DownTime Taps.

Hours

  • Monday 4pm – 9pm
  • Tuesday 4pm – 9pm
  • Wednesday 4pm – 9pm
  • Thursday 4pm – 10pm
  • Friday 12pm – 10pm
  • Saturday 12pm – 10pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 9pm

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