There’s nothing quite like reading a good book with a drink in hand. That drink may be a mug of coffee, a cup of tea, a glass of smooth red wine, or a frothy pint. While cafés and bookstores often combine forces, bars are another story. However, there are a few notable spots across the country that serve up quality beverages next to a carefully curated book selection. So whether you’re a reader who drinks or a drinker who reads, you have to check out these bookstore bars.
Bookbar (Denver, CO)
Housed in the art district of Denver, this space maintains its bookstore feel with dark bookshelves and leather couches while adding a cozy bar scene with a long bar and exposed brick. As carefully curated as the books are—all discussion-based books are hand picked by the staff—the drink menu is as well, made up of international wines and Colorado-brewed beers. Bookbar also plays host to reading clubs and book discussions.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords (Washington DC)
Right in the heart of DC at Dupont Circle, this bookshop has a huge selection of books and an even bigger café that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks and drinks. Choose from many of the American seasonal dishes with a beer and wine list equally as extensive. As far as events go, you can catch talks, author readings and even live music.
White Horse Trading Company (Seattle, WA)
This small spot in an alley of Seattle’s Pike Place Market is a local favorite and a cozy joint with limited seating and a roaring fireplace. With only three beers, three wines, a beer engine for cask ale and shots of sake to choose from, the drinking options are limited as is the book selection. But the vibe of the whole place makes it worth the visit.
Spotty Dog Books & Ale (Hudson, NY)
This cool little spot inside an old firehouse has been open for 12 years now. With 10,000 titles in store, they stay on top of new releases as much as they stock the classics. As for the beer list, it’s all small brewers’ hand-crafted ales. Stop in for a trivia night, which they’ve hosted every other week since 2007.
Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine (Rockville Centre, NY)
After 35 years in the book industry, co-owners Carol Hoenig and Peggy Zieran decided it was time to open an independent bookshop of their own, only walking distance from the Long Island Rail Road. This location makes it easy to get authors out from the big city for readings and discussions. The space is complete with a fireplace for cold days and a back patio for the warm ones.