Only slightly more bookstore than bar, and only slightly more bar than community space, this Bushwick storefront caters to the neighborhood. In the middle of an otherwise residential block, Molasses Books is hot on the salon scene for lit-minded folk. Owner Matthew Winn has curated a small but choice collection of classic titles and vintage editions with attention to cover design, all while keeping most paperbacks at a cool $5 to $8. With wooden tables and cozy window benches, the atmosphere is conducive to grabbing a mug of coffee or a $2 to $3 beer and reading away the afternoon. No money? No problem. Patrons can barter their own used books for booze, getting a little more than 30 percent back in the form of a bar tab. All about keeping the literary social, it also maintains an active schedule of readings by local authors as a well as the fully DJ-ed, fully liquored-up "back stock" party every Tuesday.

Location Details

770 Hart St.
Brooklyn NY 11237
631-882-5188

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