See what folks have to say about Downtime Taps:

Kelley Vice Avatar
Kelley Vice
Concept pub where you pour yourself from a large selection (~40) of high-tech taps and you're charged by the ounce. If you like cider, try the Baked Apple, one of the best semi-dry ciders I've ever had. Small but interesting food menu - the kobe steak fries were really good. Nice vibe, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely worth a try, especially if you like having a small taste of a wider range of brews.
Chloe Lively Avatar
Chloe Lively
Great atmosphere, drink selection and appetizer selection! We love coming here!
Gootie Avatar
Amazing vibes! Such friendly and fun workers! Drinks are super tasty and fair priced! First time we went tonight, but we will be returning for Singo! Ans more fun event nights! 100/100 recommend!!!!!
Kris Menger Avatar
Kris Menger
Always an upbeat and friendly experience! Great new beers and ciders on tap all the time and a constantly growing menu of eats to top it off! The Tempura Sushi Rolls were an awesome surprise!
Denise Petryk Avatar
Denise Petryk
Great concept well executed. Nice beer selection. Chicken wings were yummy! Outdoor seating is well done. Will go back!
Conrad Gruener Avatar
Conrad Gruener
Downtime Taps is awesome! Huge self serve tap wall, and then you can go enjoy your brew in their beautiful outdoor lounge area. Big timber beams with rustic wood tables and wood stumps fashioned into seats! Very aesthetic! Live music too! The staff was super friendly and personable. Tomas (the owner) has definitely created the go-to hangout in Ferndale!
Eric Haven Avatar
Eric Haven
A really fun place! We met some friends to do music bingo and share dinner. The place is owned by the same people who have Coconut Kenny's next door, so they let you order food to be delivered. Great atmosphere! My only possible suggestion would be for Downtime to offer more non-alcoholic options. Other than that, A+!
Shannon M. Avatar
Shannon M.
5 star rating
Such a great concept! My husband and I really enjoyed tasting several wine/ciders/beers. The pretzel and tempura prawns were delicious as well! Talked with owner, Tomas, and he was wonderful and friendly! Can't wait to go back again!
Patrice Brousard Avatar
Patrice Brousard
Great welcoming service. Unique delivery system, pour your own - as much as you want.
Rotating brews, ciders and wine on tap. Good food options. Nice comfortable seating....cannot say enough good things. Definitely a stop to try.
Myles Milligan Avatar
Myles Milligan
If I could give this place 10 stars, I would. Friendly staff, and a great selection of beers, ciders, and wine. Very inviting from the moment you walk in. I was new to the concept of 'pour your own beer', and the staff at the front kindly showed me how it works. Small menu of bistro bites, but the Bavarian pretzel was amazing. The bruleé'd cheese was a very nice touch. I'll be back here again, but with some more friends.
Katie G. Avatar
Katie G.
4 star rating
I've stopped in a few times this past year. The selection of beer is always interesting. I enjoy sitting on their patio. I do find prices a bit steep on the pints and I haven't tried their food. But it's a nice spot to hang out in Ferndale.
Chris Aiken Avatar
Chris Aiken
Phenomenal feel and great beverage selection. Drinks are sold by the ounce in a unique "you pour" style. Friendly staff and good food as well (we had the Bahn Mi and the pretzel, both were great). We will DEFINITELY be back soon.
Joshua Robinson Avatar
Joshua Robinson
Everything about this place was amazing. We checked it out for the first time and had an absolute blast. We can’t wait to go back!
Fay W. Avatar
Fay W.
5 star rating
Went to down time taps twice in the past two weeks. Decided to go here last week after hearing they had a s'mores kit. Me and my husband really enjoyed the mid day sweets with fresh poured beer. Then tonight we decided to come back and have Coconut Kenny delivered to our table. We also enjoyed the s'mores kit. Nothing like fresh beer and good food. We will be back soon. Our wait staff was enjoyable. I love the chairs outside. We will be back soon.
darcylynn216 Avatar
This place is so fun!! They have self pour taps, appetizers, and games AND they let you order coconut Kenny’s!! A great bar for some time with friends or family!
M R Avatar
Awesome place. A lot of good drink choices and great food. One of my favorite spots
Colby Fowler Avatar
Colby Fowler
Great little spot in ferndale. Clean, inviting, good service. With its relaxing log cabin vibe and 2 walls of self poor beer, cider, and sours its definitely worth checking out. They also have food and will can beer on the spot for you to take home. I highly recommend this place for a chill time out with a friend, or a casual date night.
Jennifer S. Avatar
Jennifer S.
5 star rating
This place is cozy and fun. Check out their Facebook page for events and specials. Lots of variety in beer, wine and cider. Order food from Coconut Kenny's two doors down and they'll deliver it to you at your table!
Wynn Tingley Avatar
Wynn Tingley
I absolutely love this place. Amazing atmosphere, wonderful staff. Pretty good chance that the owner will be there and taking care of ya personally.

The selection of beers, ciders, wine and more keeps my coming back because it rotates regularly, and i love being able to pour a small bit of something first to see if I like it.

They also have some bar games and even rootbeer floats!
Paulette E. Avatar
Paulette E.
5 star rating
So many varieties of drinks. It's amazing to be able to self poor - drink what you like of a drink you like with options to try others.
James Erickson Avatar
James Erickson
Had Russian IRS and American IRS, both fantastic. Novel way to issue tokens that track your choice/volume to pay when done. This concept could work in bigger cities.
Cameron Maddox Avatar
Cameron Maddox
Genius idea of the self-serve style. Tomas, who is one of the owners, gave my sister and I one of the best customer service experiences out there. As someone who currently works at Starbucks and previously at a winery, I know how much of a difference it makes.

Recommending to friends, coworkers, and random people I meet.
I will be back.

Thanks Tomas
Jaz G. Avatar
Jaz G.
5 star rating
Great selection of beers, although I would have loved to see more than 1 sour available. Very friendly service, and decent patio space. Would definitely come again.
Marsha S. Avatar
Marsha S.
5 star rating
The beer and cider selection here now is fantastic!! They also have some food offerings now, including a fun make-your-own S'mores platter.

Great spot!!
Mark Gagen Avatar
Mark Gagen
I love this idea! A great way to try beer you might not want to drink a whole pint of. I tried an absolutely phenomenal caramel porter I would never have thought to try.
AK Murals Avatar
AK Murals
Friendly staff. Love the atmosphere and setting (the bench swings are a hit). Delicious food and drinks. Love that there is a variety of ciders. Awesome place to hang out. Definitely recommend.
Levi Tucker Avatar
Levi Tucker
I've been here a few times, every time it gets even better, the food gets better, the drinks rotate, I believe for the better, with quality constantly increasing when I had thought everything was awesome the first time or two I was there. Everytime I go I want to go again, the garlic fries are to die for.
Laural R. Avatar
Laural R.
5 star rating
Take out was awesome. Hot, complex flavors, and generous with condiments. Yum.
Mia H Avatar
Mia H
WOW! I poured few ounces here and few ounces there. Walked out with only spending $7. Poured 7 different beers and ciders. Amazing!
Michaelaswinford S. Avatar
Michaelaswinford S.
5 star rating
Very unique and definitely one of a kind tap room
Lots of beer cider choices
The pour your own beer option is very modern and covid friendly
But be prepared to pay by the ounce depending on your beverage and the glass you select the cost can be a bit pricey (which in my humble
Opinion can be a downside, if there's a downside to pouring your own beer)
With that said there's a great selection of brews and has a friendly clean atmosphere
Dog friendly outside in the undercover
Barbara Lively Avatar
Barbara Lively
Fun place to hang and have a cider!
Jan Huisman Martin Avatar
Jan Huisman Martin
I love Downtime.. Fun times and great atmosphere.. the food is great and of course the ciders are delicious..???
Erin Koidal Avatar
Erin Koidal
Great place to enjoy a cold beverage with lots of choices from wine, root beer, cider, ale and lots of different types of beer. Great garlic fries and snacks too!
Kelli Johnson Avatar
Kelli Johnson
One of my favorite places. Good beer, good food
Michael Oneill Avatar
Michael Oneill
Ok, love the concept of pouring my own beer. A large selection makes a perfect match. I have never left this place with out a smile on my face. Go, enjoy with friends and be happy.
Midnightblue Auld Avatar
Midnightblue Auld
Our favorite spot for a drink. We love being able to try lots of different things and pour the amount of each we want. Plus everyone is super friendly!
Juli Wavada Avatar
Juli Wavada
Very informative, kind and accommodating service! Great selection of beers for everyone and high quality small bites. Definitely the perfect date or social night!
Dillon Howarth Avatar
Dillon Howarth
We went there Friday night because a friend wouldn't stop talking about it. We had a great time. There was live music, great selection of drinks on tap and the pretzel was very tasty. We recommend!
Raphael Whittington Avatar
Raphael Whittington
There isn't anything i could say that describes this experience. If you haven't, your just going to have to go in and try it out yourself. We played the board games they have and snacked on the giant Pretzel and Fries while we sampled the craft beer and wine. It was great.
Jonathan Jackson Avatar
Jonathan Jackson
Really awesome place! Love going here after work to try new beers! Really fun and unique experience!
Tess Rauch Avatar
Tess Rauch
I have mixed feelings regarding downtime. I understand the idea of not wanting customers to reuse the same glass for drinks, but they do it at restaurants. As long as you aren’t touching your glass to the spout or re-rinsing your glass it shouldn’t be a problem. The beertender was also a bit rude. The birthday discount was cool. They definitely have a fruit fly problem right now which was the most concerning issue. And they only offer bottled water, no option to use a glass which in my opinion is pretty lame.
Katherine O. Avatar
Katherine O.
5 star rating
This is the type of place Ferndale desperately needed and finally has.

DownTime Taps was the first self serve tap house in Washington state! They have great events like Tuesday trivia, monthly yoga, live music and occasionally visiting food trucks. If there aren't any food trucks you can always get Coconut Kenny's or Asian Bistro delivered directly to you at DownTime!

The staff at DownTime is professional and kind. They make an effort to get to know the regulars. They have a great selection on beers, ciders & wines and do a great job sourcing and rotating options. I love discovered new beers at DownTime!
Bobbi Calcaterra Avatar
Bobbi Calcaterra
The host was amazing mr Logan was very nice and nice looking
Megan L. Avatar
Megan L.
5 star rating
This is an awesome concept. As someone who doesn't drink immense amount but wants to socialize, this was the perfect avenue to do so. It's similar to a self-serve yogurt place, where you scan your wristband in accordance to how much you want to drink. I particularly enjoyed the blackberry cider and their lemon ginger cider. The porch swings, casual environment, and variety of games make this a win in my book.
Jennifer J. Avatar
Jennifer J.
5 star rating
What?! How have I not written a review for Downtime yet?!

This place is 1000 pounds of awesome. I love that I can choose my own beer (or wine, or cider, or even a slushie) and get as much (or as little) of it as I want. When you arrive they give you a wristband that you simply tap onto a screen behind each individual tap handle, and it charges you by the ounce. From dark to light to hoppy to malty this place has it all. Bonus that it's literally RIGHT next door to Coconut Kenny's so food is easily available (or, you can even bring your own).

Their outdoor patio is so nice on a warm summer evening, with it's comfy swings and lots of seating. Sometimes they have trivia, yoga, and live music too. This is an amazing addition to Ferndale and it's great to see our local beer scene expanding to the north a bit!
Carlos B. Avatar
Carlos B.
5 star rating
This joint has been on my beerscope for a hot-minute. Finally today was the day. After a full day of biking and geocaching, it was time for beers to celebrate.

Once checked in, your issued wristband unlocks your tap of choice. Thómas thoroughly trained us before letting us loose.

I then tasted every stout, porter or scotch ale they had! This sleepy Tuesday sunny evening was perfect for us.

No food here though, so you've been warned! Nearby eateries (e.g. Kenny's) will deliver to your tipsy a$$ though.

The base price is $7 for your band, then the price per ounce is listed on the beer you pour yourself. Speaking of which, to keep you from over serving yourself the computer tracks the amount of ounces you poured in a 2-hour time frame. Too much? It cuts you off!

Not that I exceeded it, or my sister, but I can envision this going sideways ... fast. At any rate, if you desire an unique experience, or just a break from the normal bar scene in Ferndale, then POST UP!
Pat S. Avatar
Pat S.
5 star rating
Great place to spend the afternoon and evening! Plenty of great choices on tap, staff is friendly and great selection of games!
M.K. K. Avatar
M.K. K.
5 star rating
I love this place! Great music, beer, wine and ciders by the oz. gorgeous patio and atmosphere....oh and you can order food from the Thai and pizza places next door. Brilliant!
Luke Brandon Avatar
Luke Brandon
Awesome place! So unique and presents a new way of enjoying a Friday night beer with friends.
Johnson T. Avatar
Johnson T.
5 star rating
This place is beautiful and fun. Love trying all the varieties of beers. Atmosphere is comfortable. Gets busy and seating is sometimes hard but doesn't take away from the experience.
Manongjay Nrobniw Avatar
Manongjay Nrobniw
Had a great time celebrating with our graduate, good selection of beverages ??
Dustin J. Avatar
Dustin J.
5 star rating
Tender was extremely helpful and gladly showed us how everything work for our first visit! He had a hunch we were newbie's!!

Great selection of brews, ciders and wines!
Melody K. Avatar
Melody K.
4 star rating
Great idea, somehow I thought there would be more wines and cider offered. Oh, well.
Decent selection, found a few that are very good. I like that you can sample before you try, it makes easier to decide.
Having food options is a plus.
Jeremy D. Avatar
Jeremy D.
5 star rating
This is so much fun as a concept. Really hoping it expands. Self-serve, perfectly managed and really fun staff to work with.
Sarah E. Avatar
Sarah E.
5 star rating
It feels like more of a novelty than something for a beer enthusiast to enjoy. Over half the menu was IPAs and Pales, I was really looking forward to trying more sours, barrel aged and unique beers that I don't usually experience. Yes self pour is fun, but not if all the beer is the exact same.

Also, the "beer tenders" are dressed more like they work for a golf club than a beer bar. Felt uptight.

I'll be back, but hopeful that the beer list changes.

Wow! What a big change in menu! I was so excited to get to try different beers. They scaled the IPAs and Pals way back and had so much more to offer and from some really awesome local and Seattle breweries.

Loved getting to try the Peachrillo from Urban Family and the Dark Lager from Stoup.

Still feel a little weird about the beertenders in polos... but honestly, I'll take great beer over a polo shirt.

Excited to be back for more!
Marcus Nightingale Avatar
Marcus Nightingale
Awesome place in every way!
Chelsea Berg Avatar
Chelsea Berg
Great place! Love it. Awesome place to meet with friends
Deb Bee Avatar
Deb Bee
Simply. Awesome. We came here with intentions to sample the darker beers for the cold wet day upon us... then I discovered the devilishly delicious Double Mountain cider! And Coconut Kenny's brings you food from next door?! There is no stress in deciding what to try. A little taste or a full pint? Such a great concept. I can't wait to come back here in the summer after a day of hiking. And we checked! Dogs are allowed on the patio. 🙂
Amy White Barry Avatar
Amy White Barry
positive review 
Great selection- get what you want in the size you want!
Korinda Bullard Avatar
Korinda Bullard
positive review 
Great atmosphere. Always clean. Amazing staff.
Chad Schmitt Avatar
Chad Schmitt
positive review 
The place has an awesome feel and very friendly. Lots of different beers,ciders and wine to choose from.
Kris Countryman Avatar
Kris Countryman
positive review 
what a great time! tasting and finding the perfect beer was a blast! pizza delivered from coconut Kenny's was delicious and our games of connect 4 and rummy were a ton of fun! We'll be back soon!
Debbie Munzanreder Avatar
Debbie Munzanreder
positive review 
Played Cards against Humanity and I won. Lots of fun and a warm friendly environment. A huge variety of beers ciders and wine.
Viva B. Avatar
Viva B.
4 star rating
I really enjoyed the Down Time Taps and such a great idea. I love that they have several selections and especially the various cider selections! I'm partial to Ace Pineapple Cider, but there was one from Oregon that was incredible. Too bad I have such a short memory, next time I'll write it down. The pizza from Coconut Kenny's is incredible and so handy that you can order a pizza while you have your beverage and they deliver. What a great setup and what a great idea!
Cathy Lobins Avatar
Cathy Lobins
positive review 
Nice place! love the idea! staff is awesome!
Leslie M. Avatar
Leslie M.
4 star rating
Nice place to try a variety of beers, wines, and ciders. Friendly employees. No food served, but u r allowed to have food delivered. Nice place for some DownTime.
Jodi S. Avatar
Jodi S.
5 star rating
Wow! I had SO much fun here! Just my kind of place and I didn't even know it was there until they hosted our Yelp event! This is unique and a worthy adventure just to check it out. I love that you buy your drinks by the ounce, and then you can try any and all beers, wine, and ciders from the MANY taps. I love to try different drinks, so I was having a ball. My Dad liked that he could have a small glass of beer, and sip slowly, but still have a cold beer because he could go back for another small glass.
The set-up is fun, too--swinging chairs, heated outside, tables, stools, inside fireplace--whatever you want. We both loved our experience there, and my Dad is 84!
I also love that you can bring in your own snacks, or order from nearby delivery-THANK YOU for that!
Lisa Brewer Avatar
Lisa Brewer
positive review 
Loved the atmosphere, very helpful employee, great beer. just loved, loved, loved. Ferndale needed this! Thank you!
Hannah B. Avatar
Hannah B.
5 star rating
A very cool concept in a relaxing atmosphere. You can come here and try up to about 30 beverages including beer, wine, cider, and mead.
The taps work by scanning a bracelet, dispensing your own drink, the system tracks the amount of fluid, and then you pay for what was had. I like the fact that you don't have to wait for a busy bartender for service and can create your own flight.
I'm normally quite intimidated by technology, but this was super easy. Employees are super friendly and walk you through the process.
This establishment does not serve food, but you can order from Coconut Kenny's just a few doors down in the plaza. Indoor/outdoor seating is available. There are a few party games available to play while enjoying drinks.
This is definitely a one of a kind place that I'll definitely be visiting again.
Masanori D. Avatar
Masanori D.
5 star rating
This is a self-serving taphouse. You can pour as much as you want or as little as you want and when you want it. So, everyone can enjoy their drinks at their own pace. What they have is mostly beer, but they do have wine and cider too, a total of 30 different kinds of drinks to choose from. So, there's something for everyone.

They don't serve food, but you can order from next door (Coconut Kenny's). It's on a shopping center, and parking is easy. I recommend everyone to give them a try!

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Kathi O Avatar
Kathi O
Visiting Downtime Taps is a unique experience - you pour your own libations from a wide selection of brews, wines, and ciders. Thirty-two taps line two walls, and you may sample as many as you'd like. Feel free to pour small samples here, as you are given a bracelet when you check in that tracks what you pour by the ounce.

The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is casual and comfortable. There is a covered outdoor space as well as the nicely decorated inside. If you get hungry, Coconut Kenny's is conveniently located a couple of doors down; you can bring the food in to enjoy with your drinks.

The cost can be a bit pricey but the cost per ounce is listed on the display screen for each tap. Overall, Downtime Taps is a great place to relax and enjoy a new or favorite brew, wine, or cider.
Karen J. Avatar
Karen J.
4 star rating
Definitely a new favorite spot! DownTime Taps offers DIY samples of beer, wine, cider and even mead, mostly from the Pacific Northwest. Peruse your options, then tap on the screen if you want a description of that beverage. Pouring your own involves prepaying for x amount of ounces, then using a wristband to measure how many you've consumed.
Shanna Chambers Avatar
Shanna Chambers
Awesome place!
Keely Pedigo Avatar
Keely Pedigo
Awesome atmosphere, super friendly and helpful staff, and FANTASTIC options for beer, wine and cider all on tap. You have to try it!
Kathleen Buckner Morris Avatar
Kathleen Buckner Morris
positive review 
Friendly staff, inexpensive way to try a bunch of beers/ales/ciders/wine, comfortable un-bar like atmosphere...

Come pour one with us!


The taproom is lively! We host food trucks, trivia, music bingo, brewers nights, etc. on the regular.

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  • Monday 3pm – 8pm
  • Tuesday 3pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 3pm – 8pm
  • Thursday 3pm – 9pm
  • Friday 12pm – 9pm
  • Saturday 12pm – 9pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 8pm

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