This is a wonderful cafe for grabbing a sandwich or a snack with your coffee, beer, wine, or book. There are very good beers on tap and the price of the food is quite reasonable, running between $7-$12. Being a bar/cafe, there's a small selection of sandwiches and salads, along with appetizers and pastry items. I especially enjoyed the cheese plate.
The staff was super friendly and the space is great. The Portsmouth Book and Bar is located in the old customs house. The ceilings are high and there's lots of light from the windows and wonderful crown moulding. You can sit along window benches, in comfy couches, along the bar, or at one of the tables. It all feels very welcoming.
Just as good as the food and drink (and maybe even better) was the book selection. I have to hand it to the buyer. On our visit we found excellent first editions and remainders, and the literary quality of the selection was pretty high.
This is definitely my new Portsmouth destination.
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