F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” If you’ve never considered pairing books and alcohol, maybe it’s about time you tried on some rose-colored glasses — or rosé colored glasses — of your own.
Check out some of the local offerings:
- Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe in Dupont Circle has been around since 1976. With names such as “Social Justice Book Club” and even “Tequila Book Club,” there’s nothing monotonous about this book store. Their cafe serves an extensive menu of upscale American fare, craft beer, wine and literary-themed cocktails, including “Lord of the Pimms” and “Fahrenheit 1517.”
- Bards Alley opened in Vienna in 2017, much to the glee of wine-loving literary suburbanites. The name is a nod to the Bard (Shakespeare) and Diagon Alley of Harry Potter, showing that just like the pastime of snuggling up with a book and a glass of wine, they’re timeless. On Wednesdays, they host Winesday, a wine happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Check out their calendar for upcoming readings, book clubs, and open mic nights. Next month, they are even teaming up with The Wine Outlet to host a discussion with two authors on their wine-themed novels.
- Politics and Prose in D.C. is a local institution. Founded in 1984, this vibrant cultural hub now has three locations. They’ve hosted huge names in the book world, from John Green to Trevor Noah, and their calendar is packed with book talks, reading groups and even comedy and trivia. But if it’s books and booze you’re after, you’ll have to hit up their Northwest D.C. location. Most of their book groups meet in The Den, a basement coffeehouse/wine bar that also serves local craft beer. They have happy hour from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays if you’re feeling frugal.
- One More Page Books in Arlington is a laid-back shop with the tagline: “Where we take books, wine, and chocolate more seriously than we take ourselves!” Their events cleverly pair literature with drinks, including an upcoming Romance Roundtable with a wine tasting. Also, check out their hilarious YouTube series, Boozy Books, where two of the booksellers drink adult beverages and ramble excitedly about their favorite new books.