Bar in Seattle Hosts Silent Reading Night

Bar in Seattle Hosts Silent Reading Night

Most of the time, a bar is pretty much the worst place in the world to sit and read a book. The loud music, the dim lighting, the people trying to talk over said loud just isn't conducive to curling up with a good book.

According to a recent story in The Stranger, a bar in Seattle is trying to change all of that. On the first Wednesday of every month, the Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel quiets to a hush and fills with people and their books. Talking, outside of the occasional laugh or whispered excitement about the page you just read, is strictly prohibited. Patrons are invited to sit, read, and drink all the $5 Manhattans they can stomach.

Maybe the people at the Sorrento Hotel have stumbled on to something here, and more silent reading nights in other classy bars like itself will pop up across the country. The idea of sitting down and reading in a well lit room with a well poured Manhattan at your side does sound enticing, especially if you don't have to deal with trying to concentrate while listening to the guy who decided to make the DJ play that Katy Perry song for the tenth time describe how amazing she is.

Sean May

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Sean May is, among other things, an author, journalist, graphic designer, video game fanatic and feared but charming space pirate (one of those isn't true, but which one?). His fiction work has appeared in Crimefactory and other publications, and his music journalism can be found at Has It Leaked?. His novella, The Case, and a short story collection, Crimewave, can be found on Kindle. Sean lives in Carmel, IN with his wife and a cat.

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SConley's picture
SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies February 10, 2014 - 9:18am

I can't drink Manhattans but this sounds really cool.

Sanbai's picture
Sanbai from the Midwest is reading The War of Art February 10, 2014 - 2:53pm

I'd sit down with an adventure fantasy, partnered with a cold Stella Artois!