Beer, wine, whiskey — they all pair well with books! Who among us hasn’t enjoyed a nice beverage while curled up with our latest read? It appears this beloved ritual of many book lovers won’t have to remain within the confines of a home.
Bookstore bars are a rising trend in the literary world, evoking for me images of a 16th century French salon with more reading and less debate. Bookstore Bars were first brought to my attention by Book Riot in their May 2014 post “5 Brilliant Bookstore-Bars,” which was recently reposted. Sadly the closest one mentioned for those fellow Midwesterners was in Indianapolis, IN. That isn’t to say we shouldn’t visit Books & Brews, but it really can’t satisfy my immediate desire to visit a bookstore bar. With the hope of finding a bookstore bar closer to home, I took to the internet.
To Chicago and the greater Midwest — I am sorely disappointed! The one bookstore bar I found in the Midwest (outside of Books & Brews) was The Book Cellar in Chicago. This bookstore serves up regular cafe fare such as coffee, snacks, and sandwiches, but adds the bar feel to it by also being a wine bar. I am definitely going to be visiting The Book Cellar this summer! If you live outside the Midwest here are the bookstore bars mentioned by BookRiot, Ozy and on Google.
Elements: Books Coffee Beer — Biddeford, Maine
BookBar — Denver, Colorado
White Horse Trading Co. — Seattle, Washington
The Spotty Dog Books & Ale — Hudson, New York
The Bookstore Bar & Cafe at the Alexis Hotel — Seattle, Washington
Midwesterners — what am I missing? Do we have bookstore bars that Google is just ignoring? If not, let’s find some entrepreneurs to open a few! We produce great beer and wine and it’s only fair to pare them with our favorite books. *All photos screen captured from the businesses’ website.