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Laura Bruns Rogers
· March 25, 2018
This place has *such a great* atmosphere!
Very cozy and inviting. Great and friendly staff! I've been twice and been for music once...the music was enjoyable, but cost more to enter than seems fair. ...I counted a general number of people attending multiplied by 10 and it was significant. Seating is very limited and at $10 each, possibly having to stand, plus whatever you eat and drink ...
A nice evening, but I'd be very choosy about who I go to listen to.
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Dawn Saari
· March 9, 2018
My daughter and I love Book and Bar for the vibe, the remarkably cool (and kind) staff and the delicious coffee and food. There is nothing better than sitting by one of the giant windows with sun on y...our face, people watching and sipping one of their fabulous beverages. They carry the most eclectic and wonderful selection of books, too! See More
Paul Patti
· April 20, 2018
Great venue, awesome service from Sam. Really nice that they are open until 10pm unlike other cafes that close at 8pm. Ordered the hummus plate, had carrots, celery, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Oh, and hummus! �
Jon Ross
· October 7, 2017
This is a swell joint, and a good place to hear live music. You like live music, don't you? Do you come here to hear live music? You should. Live music and places that feature live music depend on peo...ple being hip enough to show up and support live music. Do you sit at home and watch teevee instead of going out to hear live music? If so, you should be ashamed of yourself. If some musician has to sell a pint of his blood in order to pay his rent, it is partially your fault. Change your life. Kill your television. See More
Ruthie Redmond
· September 29, 2017
wonderful place! I went here for the first time for a Planned Parenthood Story Slam (which already made me love it) and the staff were wonderful, food, drinks were excellent and it[s just a really cha...rming place! I don't live in Portsmouth but I will definitely be back here the next time I'm in the area See More
Lisa Cote
· January 19, 2018
Simply one of my favorite places in the world. Great food, bar, books and best music scene in north of anywhere.
Myra Poverman
· January 20, 2018
Awesome place! Great atmosphere, fun and friendly ( and cute ) staff, amazing selection of beers on tap! I will be back!
Vernon Boardman
· October 2, 2017
I really liked my iced latte, their coffee has a little kick to it but in a very positive way. I loved the staff and the whole ambiance of the place. I would call it a Bohemian style coffeehouse. I wi...ll visit quite often 🍁🍂🍁🍂 See More
Joan Bastek
· February 10, 2018
It's doesn't get any better than books and beer along with a great patio!
Jessica Rose Colon
· December 3, 2017
�� super in love with this place! One of the last remaining local nighttime hangouts in Portsmouth
Cathy Lanigan Harrison
· August 19, 2017
Great place to chill with live music. My husband and I came here after dinner and enjoyed beer and hard cider on tap. The band played fresh rock music and vibe was relaxed and hip.
Lisa Shields
· February 23, 2018
This place is a gem!. Loved it! If I lived in Portsmouth I would be there weekly!
Tamara Pardington Barabasz
· October 5, 2016
Unfortunately this place is not what I hoped. Brought my fam here to enjoy a good book and drink but the bartender and barback were extremely rude. I noticed I had what looked like cork in my drink. I... decided to get assurance from the bartender that that was the case. Instead when I brought up my wine he did not acknowledge me. Instead he moved around the counter to help multiple other people that came after me. Having no interaction with him, I could only assume it was because I had a glass of wine and looked like I was going to complain. Finally I flagged him and he waved a just minute finger at me and kept waiting on others. I then asked the barback if he could help me and he told me, I don't know nothing about that." I said, perhaps he will get to me eventually to which he said, he's busy. After waiting another five minutes looking foolish, my husband came over to handle it. At which point the bartender explained that he doesn't look over on that side. I will never come to this place again and I I recommend no one else does unless being disrespected is your bag. By the way, my visit was today as we drove through on our family vacation.
I should add that after this fiasco and now both my husband and I feeling somewhat humiliated, the bartender then started to berate us publicly to the other guests at the bar, mocking me for "complaining" that there was cork in my drink. Which never actually even happened because he refused to acknowledge me. How horrific for your children to witness. It absolutely ruined our day!
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Sue Harrison
· September 16, 2017
Fantastic place! Great vibe. Great music great beer. What more could you ask for😎 Will definitely go back!
Linda Gillilland
· December 18, 2016
Had a great time waiting out the snow storm & left with an armload of books. Enjoyed coffee & snacks. I'm amused by the previous references of the barristas, clerks, (or what ever their position is ca...lled) lack of welcoming smiles. I just put it down to part of the hipster package of smug entitlement & disdain of having to serve others that you find in many similarly staffed businesses. Don't let that stop you from walking through the door. After all, it just might be the cache they are aiming for, LOL. See More
Kayleen Agte
· March 5, 2017
We live in Manchester, and go to Portsmouth fairly regularly. We usually visit the usual "haunts" (brewpubs, shops, etc.), but since we discovered Book and Bar, we always end our evening in Portsmouth... here! What more could you ask for? They have some of the best things in life: Food, beverages (alcoholic and otherwise) and BOOKS! Yes, we've bought a few books there, but it's cool that they don't care if you just browse around and peruse the books. LOVE this place! See More
Lynne Fremeau
· July 29, 2015
I love going to Book and Bar any chance I get when I'm in Portsmouth. They have a varied selection of books, the food is fresh and tasty (get the pesto panini sandwich, yum!), good selection of beer, ...wine, and hard cider both on tap and in bottles, and last but not least, live music viewed in an intimate setting. In good weather, I really enjoy the patio for great conversations and people watching. Book and Bar is a little slice of heaven in downtown Portsmouth. See More
Philips Myth
· December 4, 2015
It's that rare establishment -- a civilized bar, like Hemingway's "clean, well-lighted place". People gather here to relax, without the wild din of shouting and rowdiness of various average dives. Gra...b a book, and read over a brew of caffeine or beer or wine or a snack. Stay for live music in a unique venue. No snobs here. Within, the walls are alive with written words, conversation and harmony. And peace. See More
Ellen Hawkins
· September 22, 2017
Extremely warm and calming atmosphere!! Fantastic spot
Great teas, great food ( very good , not found at other
spots !! Warm and welcoming!!Great children's section!
5 stars +++++++
Mccarthy Shaun
· November 23, 2015
You can drink there to your stupid! you can impress people by taking selfies with the books behind you!! And it's very close to downtown close to State Street saloon and Daniel hall the rusty rudder i...n the press room it's the cat's meow !!!!!! See More
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A splendid quartet of top-notch musicians with 100s of years of combined experienced between them! Rick Rousseau singing and playing drums, Jon Ross singing and playing guitar, Joe Riillo playing soprano thru baritone saxophones plus flute and clarinet, John Styklunas playing bass. We will be playing great songs that we like and seeing as how each band member possesses musical exquisite taste, chances are you'll love these songs too! Make the cozy confines of Portsmouth Book&Bar your destination for a Saturday night of thoroughly entertaining music!

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