These 7 Beautiful Literary Themed Bars Are A Bookworm’s Dream Come True

Looking for a theme bar but with a classy touch? These literary havens are places where you can feel comfortable drinking alone with a good book or equally as comfortable taking a date that you want to impress. Seven bars, seven days of the week- you’re bound to find one that you like! Take a look.
1. The Writing Room
photo: @thewritingroom via Instagram
photo: @thewritingroom via Instagram

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 knows, you might be inspired to write the next bestseller.

Address: 1703 2nd Avenue

More info: their website.

2. Chumley’s
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photo: @gq via Instagram

Don’t be fooled by the goofy name, this West Village watering hole is all business. Chumley’s first opened in 1922 as a speakeasy and saw great authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife, Zelda Fitzgerald.

Address: 86 Bedford Street

More info: their website.

3. The Dead Poet
photo: @thedeadpoetnyc via Instagram
photo: @thedeadpoetnyc via Instagram

The dead poet offers a host of poet-inspired cocktails. The long and narrow space in this 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.

Address: 450 Amsterdam Avenue

More info: their website.

4. The Library at the Nomad Hotel
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photo: @mims_mcintosh via Instagram

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 (although it remains open to guests), so be sure to get there early.

Address: 1170 Broadway & 28th Street

More info: their website.

5. Molasses Bookstore
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photo: @lizaherlands_ via Instagram

One-half bookshop, one-half bar/cafe, this trendy spot is great for finding a new book or for working remotely with your computer. Bring a friend and enjoy the collection and the totally hipster vibes.

Address: 770 Hart Street

More info: their website.

6. Bookmarks Bar at the Library Hotel
photo: @libraryhotel via Instagram
photo: @libraryhotel via Instagram

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. As an added bonus, real literary nerds will love that each of the ten guestroom floors of the Library Hotel is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System.

Address: 299 Madison Avenue

More info: their website.

7. Oscar Wilde
photo: Oscar Wilde NYC
photo: Oscar Wilde NYC

The Oscar Wilde pays homage to, you guessed it, the Irish writer and playwright, Oscar Wilde. The ornate furnishings might have you thinking that this bar has been around forever but don’t be fooled, this literary-themed bar opened in 2017.

Address: 45 West 27th Street

More info: their website.

Featured image: @thewritingroom via Instagram

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