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Portsmouth Book and Bar

40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4518
+1 603-427-9197
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cheese plate” (3 reviews)
“book store” (11 reviews)
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40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4518
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Book and Bar is one of the most unique spots in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Located in a historic building on a side street (Pleasant Street), just steps away from the hustle of Market Square. The atmosphere is relaxing and you'll soon appreciate the "stay awhile"...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love double action locations! This on the baseline is a lovely bookstore. From there it offers a great coffee bar, wonderful selection of foods, a v solid beer list, and a few specialty drinks, (i.e. hot toddy's!). I only ordered the cheese plate, which...More

Thank thally93
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Yes, a great bloody mary or coffee with Kalhua or just a lovely coffee makes for a relaxing morning to scan the shelves and see the vast variety of good used books for sale.

Thank parrothead99
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Books, live music, small plates and a warm atmosphere to spend with friends. Several reasons to hang out here. Nice draft beer and wine selection. Ample small plates and salads and a lively music spot perfect for the after work something to do every night....More

Thank Corrine G
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Book and Bar in Portsmouth is a fabulous book store, in a bar setting....or is it a bar setting in a bookstore? Either way it is a relaxing venue for browsing while enjoying a few sips of your favorite beverage. Employees are extremely welcoming, friendly,...More

Thank EthanDuke
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I LOVE THIS PLACE. If I could set up shop and live there, I would. It is the perfect spot for anyone who loves both books and drinking. My husband and I spent hours here, enjoying every little thing about the place, including... - The...More

Thank Crystal M
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Great variety of books to browse and buy at low prices whilst enjoying a coffee, meal, glass of wine or beer. Definitely worth a visit when in Portsmouth. We'll be going again to stock up on reading material before a long flight back to Australia.

Thank cogduo
Reviewed 30 August 2017

I love grabbing a book and a nice drink! The beautiful large windows, the books everywhere, the fantastic selection of reading materials and the tables and chairs make this a great place to hang out! I would come far more often if they offered delicious...More

Thank Becksstein11
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

A worthwhile visit for a coffee beer wine or bite to eat...lighter fare. An interesting collection of new and old books to peruse while having a beverage or bite to eat. Entertainment on occasion that is exceptionally good. A very interesting place to visit...cool concept

Thank wesleyp647
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Great idea! Right off Market Square there is a great spot to stop and browse at new and slightly used books of every genre and enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine, or specialty coffee! They have a small menu with really fresh appetizers, salads,...More

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Response from Knowlesn | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe so. I have seen folks with their children inside.
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Restaurant Details

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4518
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-427-9197
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