For the longest time, I thought that the Bookstore was a clever name for a vaguely library-themed bar. It is so, so much more. Not only do they offer an incredible assortment of upscale nibbles and high quality drinks, but they have *hundreds* of books, free to read for patrons.
From the street, only the bar area can be seen. It’s an intimate space, warmly lit at night. In keeping with its theme, the place never gets too raucous. (This might also be attributed to the neighbourhood, and the higher price point for food keeping the younger crowd at bay.) The inside is beautiful, although fairly standard interior fare for Seattle. Wood, books, cheeky art, etc. The truly unique thing about the Bookstore is the little annex adjoined to the bar, which is packed to the brim with books – a cozy little library to enjoy some literature with your libations.
I visited on a Friday night, with my boyfriend. We sipped on our go-to beverages (although he waffled on trying one of their zillion whiskeys), and happily consumed a couple of chapters of our choice books. Intimate and intellectual! Perfect date night.