Bookstore Bars

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.05.12 PM*Sitting in the Stacks is well aware today is not Friday, but decided to post a day early as many people will be out celebrating the 4th of July with their friends and family tomorrow. 

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.

bookstore bars 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

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Elements in Biddeford, Maine

BookBar — Denver, Colorado

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BookBar in 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

Bookstore Bars
Bookstore Bar and Cafe in 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.

7 thoughts on “Bookstore Bars

  • July 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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    This is my idea of heaven – or one of them anyway! I took to google also, to see if there were anything like that in the UK. Sad to say – nope. What a shame. If there were one near then I can definitely say I would be a regular.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm
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      Right?! We need to find some business people to open these bookstore bars.

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      • July 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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        I just don’t understand why this isn’t more of a ‘thing’. I know we have electronic readers now but there is just something about a musty well loved book that can’t be replicated by a device. This is definitely a Dragons Den moment. The customers are out there, waiting for this to become a reality! Maybe I could convince the local library to start stocking wine lol

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  • July 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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    This is my idea of heaven – or one of them anyway! I took to google also, to see if there were anything like that in the UK. Sad to say – nope. What a shame. If there were one near then I can definitely say I would be a regular.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm
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      Right?! We need to find some business people to open these bookstore bars.

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      • July 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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        I just don’t understand why this isn’t more of a ‘thing’. I know we have electronic readers now but there is just something about a musty well loved book that can’t be replicated by a device. This is definitely a Dragons Den moment. The customers are out there, waiting for this to become a reality! Maybe I could convince the local library to start stocking wine lol

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        • July 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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          I like that idea!

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