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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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“sandwich” (10 reviews)
“cheese plate” (3 reviews)
“book store” (11 reviews)
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm Hours
Cafe, American, Vegetarian Friendly
40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4518
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank edwardk572
Reviewed 3 days ago 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.

Thank Kme217
Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank Birthday-Gal
Reviewed 5 days ago

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.

Thank Ian S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank dbandyo
Reviewed 23 September 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

Thank Bergbahnn
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Mix a funky cafe with the options of a good book and a beer or wine and you get this great find in Portsmouth. Outdoors seating and staff with a sense of humor... what's not to like?

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

We had read about this on a local guide to Portsmouth and decided to stop in. The vibe was cool and eclectic- books all around with a bar in the center. We were greeted immediately upon entering by two friendly staff members. Jessica, who served...More

Thank Rquinn09
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
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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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Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
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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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