Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Visiting Book & Bar in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to visit another bookshop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire! If you missed my previous posts, feel free to check them out first and then come back here.
Book & Bar is a shop that had been on my radar for a while. But each time I had the chance to stop by, it was closed. Recently, while walking around Portsmouth with my friend Amber, I finally had the chance to go in!

Visiting Book & Bar in Portsmouth, NH

When we walked in, the first thing I noticed was the holiday decor. I thought the decorations made great use of the space, not only with the string lights, but also with the ribbons on the lights above each shelf and the pine bundles on each window. And my goodness those bundles smelled lovely! 

The overall layout of the space was interesting. I loved the detail of the ceiling. All of the windows provided some great natural lighting. There was also quite a few small tables and chairs scattered around for customers to sit back and relax. 

The bar area was really neat! Next time I'm in the area, I'm hoping to have time to sit and really check it out. But this time, I just snapped a photo. As we walked by the employee that was working the bar greeted us very pleasantly. 

As I'm attempting not to purchase any more books until I make a dent in my TBR pile, I didn't focus in too much on the bookshelves. However, I may have to go back at a later date to browse a little more. We'll see!

One slight bummer for me personally was that I didn't really enjoy the organization of the shop. It was a pretty small space, so I understand that organizing the shelves and then finding places for the various books can be tricky. But for some reason, looking at certain spaces made my OCD kick in... I found myself tempted to reach out and straighten things up. So that affected my overall thoughts about the visit. And before anyone comments to say I'm being ridiculous, please remember that this is just my personal opinion. I'm talking about areas like this for example:

When I was finalizing this post, I decided to read up a little bit more about this shop. On their website I discovered this passage:
Book & Bar offers much more than select used books, great food, and beers; we offer a sense of place, a unique experience created through design, community events, and cultural events.

How awesome is that?! I'm definitely going to have to stop in again when I can take the time to snag some food and a drink! :)

Thanks for reading!
Click here to visit the Book & Bar website.


  1. This one looks neat and I like the idea of the bar, but I would have to agree with wanting to straighten it up some. I've always wanted to open a bookstore/coffee shop which was dog friendly - I'd call it "Paws to Read." Maybe in my next life - social worker to business woman seems like a stretch right now!

  2. This place is gorgeous! I love all the charming architectural details. And a bar within a bookstore is just genius! I wish there were places like this where I live!

  3. Oooh this place looks super pretty!

  4. Looks like a nice place. I like the ceiling too, and the pine bundles are a nice touch. Very festive! I can see hanging in that place for a few hours! Although yeah that example you showed- I don't think it's just you, that definitely needs tidying ha ha.

    Live music too? Nice. Looks like am awesome place to hang out.

  5. That sounds really cool! :) I like that detail on the ceiling myself.