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Portsmouth Book and Bar


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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A bookstore/cafe/bar
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
American, Cafe, Bar
Seating, Serves Alcohol
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All reviews sandwiches book store book lovers second hand books bring your laptop bright sunshine great cappuccino great spot to stop market square love this place bookstore beer readings latte
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a delight! Given an hour and a half for a “lunch on your own” during a full day conference, my wife found this absolutely delightful and charming place in downtown Portsmouth for our lunch date together. The food was fresh and delicious and as...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank eaglerider52
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Upon entry you may be fooled by the library feel...however Book and Bar has a live DJ and great mixed drinks...TRY THE GALAXY its great! oh, and take a look at the books from your youth you may not find for the price...

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank wilsonfamily77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a space for people who love curling up with a warm drink and a good book but are best friends with people who love good beer and live music. There's something for everyone--drinkwise and bookwise--and it is well worth a visit! Whether you're...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 16KCtraveler
Reviewed January 26, 2019 via mobile

Fun place to hang out for a while in an interesting old building. Lots of great inexpensive books for sale or just browse. Cappuccino is excellent. Staff were very friendly. Didn’t eat, but the food looked really good.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank KayS4041
Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

Book & Bar is a great combination of two favorites of mine. Located in the old granite Customs House near Market Square. The space is full of a fascinating collection of second hand books for sale. These are best browsed with one of their excellent...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank edwardk572
Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by this charming Portsmouth location for coffee and stumbled into a wonderful evening of acoustic music. Great beverages and books selection too.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Kme217
Reviewed November 17, 2018

A couple of blocks from our Portsmouth Inn Hotel and the front desk recommended it as it was food, drinks and readings. So we walked on down. Sandwiches were really done well and wine, beer or soft drink as well as the huge hot chocolate...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Birthday-Gal
Reviewed November 15, 2018

Book and bar was one of our favorite places to hang out while in Portsmouth. Such a great vibe and awesome people. You have to check it out! Great place to relax or chill pretty much any time of day or night.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ian S
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

We spent a rainy afternoon in Portsmouth at the Portsmouth Books and Bar. They have an eclectic collection of books and great a decent range of drink options. It was a relaxing experience sitting on the sofas reading, sipping beer and walking around browsing through...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dbandyo
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Just one block from Market Square this is a great place to take a break, have a glass of wine or beer (or even a cuppa), relax, and find a good used book to read! You can even get a snack if hungry. Staffed with...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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I do not believe so. I have seen folks with their children inside.
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