Best of Both Worlds: Combination Bar and Bookstore Opens in Indianapolis

Combination Bar and Bookstore Opens in Indianapolis

The idea of curling up with a good book and a good brew (alcoholic or otherwise) goes back about as far as Gutenberg himself, but most of the time if you want to enjoy a beer while you catch up on your Pynchon, you either have to try to maintain your concentration in a noisy, dimly lit bar, or you have to have a very long and awkward conversation with the manager at Barnes and Noble about the six-pack you're cradling in your lap. Neither situation is optimal.

There are some quieter bars that cater to a literary crowd, we've even reported on them, but a new bar in Indianapolis is taking things a few steps further than the ones that turn on a couple reading lamps and call themselves a literary haunt. 

Books & Brews is not only a small indie bookstore...it's not even just a small indie bookstore with a bar in the back, it's a bookstore with a brewery and a restaurant inside. For many writers, a place like this seems like a dream and fulfills all three of a writer's needs: an endless supply of books, an endless supply of coffee, and an endless supply of beer. They even brew their own beer with literary-inspired names.

As reported in the Indianapolis Star, following a Kickstarter campaign and taking a few hints from a similar bookstore/bar, Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Books & Brews decided to set up shop on the north side of Indianapolis, far from any literary hotspots. 

Maybe Books & Brews could be the start of a trend of breweries that also function as bookstores. As long as bookworms and barflies can keep it civil, there may be a future in this interesting business model.

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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