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Portsmouth Book and Bar

40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4518
+1 603-427-9197
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cheese plate” (3 reviews)
“book store” (11 reviews)
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Cafe, American, Vegetarian Friendly
40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4518
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Imagine a low key party in a library. No shushing librarians, just friendly bartenders and baristas serving cocktails and caffeine. Lots of books to browse and reading is encouraged. Good music selection playing in the background and comfortable seating around the store. A great place...More

Thank vinnyveg
Reviewed 23 April 2018

The prices are a little high, but the food is delicious. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We also got coffee to go, which was very good. I would definitely return next time I'm in town.

Thank Angela R
Reviewed 1 February 2018

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 23 January 2018

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 4 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 17 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 8 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
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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
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Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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