BookBar on Blackstock Road will be a bookshop, winebar and meeting space

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The mid-section of Blackstock Road is becoming quite the food and drink hub. There's Patron (currently delivering lovely French dishes across town), Shop Cuvee selling natural wine and cheese, and Grin and Beer it with their craft beer.

Joining their ranks, whenever hospitality businesses are allowed to reopen, will be BookBar which couldn't be more a product of the times.

This combo space will be a wine bar, coffee shop, bookshop, event and social space. As founder Chrissy Ryan explained to Hot Dinners, the company's been selling books via their Shelf Medicate service during lockdown. The idea is they give bespoke book 'Prescriptions' based around a theme - from the G&T for the soul (the most uplifting reads) to the Armchair Traveller (perfect for those looking to be transported to another part of the world despite Covid travel restrictions).

"Now we're launching a physical incarnation of BookBar that brings people together through books," she says. You'll be able to browse the bookshelves, enjoy a glass of wine or coffee and a cake and they'll be holding book clubs, wine tastings and author events.

"We want to create a community around books," says Chrissy, "and make reading as entertaining as binging the latest Netflix series."

They'll be opening first for click and collect, with plans for takeaway coffee too.


More about BookBar

Where is it? 166 Blackstock Road, London N5 1HA

When? Open for click and collect from 1 February 2021

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @bookbaruk


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