Portsmouth Book & Bar

A stately, serene retreat for bookworms and beer-drinkers alike.

By Catherine Smart

To an outsider, Book & Bar is both stately and a little shabby; a bookstore-cum-coffee shop and bar housed in an historic building, it’s the Velveteen Rabbit of the Portsmouth social scene. Curl up with an espresso and a book in a quiet corner, or meet your neighbors over a local brew at the tiny bar. This is a place to catch up with friends, or comfortably avoid interacting with anyone and get lost in an old book—with a good drink and a cheese plate, of course.

Portsmouth Book & Bar

40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH


  • Insider Tip

The books are for sale, but feel free to borrow one to curl up with while you imbibe.

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