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Portsmouth Book and Bar

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40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4518
+1 603-427-9197
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 00:00
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for book lovers! Stopped by in the afternoon for a beer and to browse the books- all at a great price. They had a few beers on tap, also coffee and sandwiches, everything looked good. Great way to spend an hour or two.

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Thank Andrea W
Siena, Italy
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We spent a lazy afternoon at this bookstore/cafe. You could get delicious sandwiches, coffee, and even beer! Once you are done eating, there is an excellent selection of used books to peruse. If we lived in Portsmouth, we would come every weekend. Do not miss this if you are visiting!

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Thank AnnaR16
Perthshire, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Wonderful place in Portsmouth. We paid a very welcome 2nd visit here in December. You can sit with a hot chocolate, coffee, tea , beer. wine, a sandwich and just relax among the huge selection of books. Books are in sections the same as a library so it's easy to find your favourite genre. One of my very favourite places...wish... More 

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Thank FMMG
Brattleboro, Vermont
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Once you get past the tables and chairs of the main seating area, there are several rows of bookshelves. That section of the cafe really does look like something straight out of a library. Looking through the books, I learned that you can buy them for 50-70% off cover prices. Relaxed atmosphere.

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Thank ccolumbus19921992
Londonderry, New Hampshire
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Old book store with a bar and great folk music that night. Quintet of ladies with fiddle, banjo. piano, drums and guitar. This is a very politically liberal place which you can overlook.

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Thank WaltNH
Concord NH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is a nice place to browse for books, have a bite to eat and a drink, and relax. Has a great selection of books. Good place to relax with friends and family.

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Thank ConcordNHMonet
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

A great little place. Books, a variety of coffees including cappuccino, teas, and beers with bands or readings weekly. How can you go wrong with that. I have seen a couple bands play here - their great and it's a very comfortable atmosphere, dimly lit and everyone has a great time. The staff are top notch and the food is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

- Atmosphere: Imagine sitting in a library with a bar. Music playing in the background. It is spacey with comfortable seating opportunities - My view: Personally I love it, need to find a similar combination back home. - People: The people/staff are great/kind (mostly alternative/hipster/students)

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Thank Marius H
Brewster, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I'm always having trouble finding the right espresso drinks when I travel, but their mocha is fantastic! Nice and rich because it is made with good quality chocolate, not some syrup. They also offer food and alcohol, although I've only had the mocha's. They also have great books at very reasonable prices. Great atmosphere for checking out.

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Thank viriginaw2016
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I love Book & Bar! We've come here a few times, and it's such a fun place to visit. It's one of those bookstores that can appease any mood you're in. There's a decent selection, and the staff is helpful when you're searching for a title. Their prices are great too. I haven't eaten here yet, but I love their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, American, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
09:00 - 00:00
Saturday
09:00 - 00:00
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
Description
A bookstore/cafe/bar

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?