Best Booze for Your Book: 7 Best Bookstores for Winter Readin' & Drinkin' in NYC

Keeping warm during arctic level temps with a top read and a tasty drink has to be good for the soul. Right?

Whether it’s a hot latte or an adult beverage, you’ll be toasty from the inside out. 

Paired up with a cozy spot and a book of your choice? We're warming up already. 

Sounds like a glorious weekend afternoon out of the bitter cold that is winter in New York City.

We’ve already covered that winter is the perfect excuse to laze around and indulge in a first-class story. Perhaps one that takes place in a tropical locale. So, snug up, and take notes. 

Here’s 8 independently owned bookstores in the city to do just that.

1. Argosy (116 East 59th Street)

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If you’re in the market for antique-y books, maps, and autographs, then this is your place. And if you’re not? The 6 floors of rare books and other finds should keep you busy browsing. 


It’s a bit like the Forever21 of Literature. Sort through endless stacks of unique reads and uncover yourself a gem.

2. Molasses Books (770 Hart Street - Brooklyn)

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This place is sweet. Not because it’s called Molasses per se, but they offer the perfect bookstore trifecta: Beer, wifi, and open until midnight. But, you had us at beer. 

They boast a wide selection of poetry too, if that’s more your style. Settle in for the long haul here; this spot embodies the meaning of the term “book nook” like no other.

Fun fact: if you feel like playing tradesies, this is the place to swap a title or two.

3. Hullabaloo (711A Franklin Avenue - Brooklyn)

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As if the name wasn’t reason enough, this bookshop has sliding ladders. You know a bookstore is legit when it has those, obviously. 


So live out your movie-like fantasy of riding the book ladder across the shelves. Or maybe that’s just ours. Fun fact: They have a “pay whatever” cart. Sounds like our kind of budget.

4. Tianti Books (220 West 30th Street)

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Oh, it’s a Buddhist bookstore and café, so it’s no wonder it’s super calming. Besides a meditative atmosphere, this shop offers up warmth in tea party form to accompany your book browsing. 

Side note: There is an abundance of power outlets (if you’re into that sort of thing.)


5. Shakespeare & Co. (939 Lexington Avenue)

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Doughnuts. That’s all you need to know. 


This Upper East Side shop allows you to tuck into a good book and something deliciously sweet. Not to mention that their latte’s come complete with heart art. What’s not to love?

6. Housing Works (126 Crosby Street)

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This is a bookstore you can really feel good about. You’ll be warmed by default knowing that 100% of the proceeds go to the Housing Works foundation. 

Bonus points for the two magical words that this joint offers as well: Happy Hour. That’s right, saddle up to a table with a top read from their selection and indulge in some beer or wine from the bar, and keep ‘em comin'.

7. Word (various locations)

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Fancy a pastry with your page-turner? Head to the Jersey City location for their café and impressive selection of staff book recommendations. 


Or pop over to the Greenpoint, Brooklyn location where there’s a multitude of events happening, and oh, free wine as well. 

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