6 Beautiful Literary Themed Bars in New York City

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Get ready for some theme bars you won’t be embarrassed to take a date to. These theme bars are places you would feel comfortable drinking at alone with a good book. Here are the six best literary themed bars in New York City.

The Writing Room

The Study. #privateroom #events #library #thewritingroom

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  • 1703 2nd Avenue
  • Reviews:
    • OpenTable: 4.3/5
    • Yelp: 3.5/5
    • Google: 4.2/5

This cozy literary-themed bistro offers New American comfort food and cocktails, with walls lined with books and portraits of famous authors. If you’re in the Upper East Side this is definitely a place to check out. Who know’s, you might inspire to write a bestseller. 


  • 86 Bedford Street
  • Reviews:
    • OpenTable: 4.4/5
    • Yelp: 4/5
    • Google: 4.5/5

Don’t be fooled by the goofy name, this West Village watering hole is all business. First opening in 1922 as a speakeasy, it saw great authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, frequenting its space.


The Dead Poet

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  • 450 Amsterdam Avenue #2
  • Reviews:
    • TripAdvisor: 4/5
    • Yelp: 4/5
    • Google: 4.3/5

The dead poet offers a host of poet-inspired cocktails. The long and narrow space in the Upper West Side bar has a special treat for anyone who shares a birthday with a famous author listed at the back of their menu.

The Library at the Nomad Hotel

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  • 1170 Broadway & 28th Street
  • Reviews:
    • Foursquare: 9.3/10
    • Yelp: 4.5/5
    • TripAdvisor: 5/5

As the name suggests, this bar area in the NoMad Hotel actually looks like a library. In this bi-level literary mecca, you’ll feel like you are in the library of a prestige college rather than a hotel in NYC. The Library closes to the public at 4 pm, so be sure to get there early.


Molasses Bookstore

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  • 770 Hart Street
  • Reviews:
    • Google: 4.6/5
    • Yelp: 4.5/5
    • Foursquare: 9/10

One-half bookshop, one-half bar, go with a bag of second-hand books and you might be able to get your drinks for free. If exchanging your old books for booze isn’t your thing, then head over for a drink and buy a good read from their impressive collection. 


Bookmarks Bar at the Library Hotel

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  • 299 Madison Avenue
  • Reviews:
    • Google: 4.6/5
    • Yelp: 4.5/5
    • Foursquare: 9/10

With one cocktail called “Tequila Mockingbird,” it’s more than Bookmarks’ name that has a literary lilt. Make your way to the 14th floor of Library Hotel in Midtown and enjoy their Poetry Garden and a writer’s den.


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