There’s no better store than one that sells books and booze.
Whether you’re sipping wine by the fire with a juicy page-turner in your lap or having a beer on the beach with a trashy novel in hand, some of life’s greatest quiet moments have two things in common: books and booze. When Barnes & Noble announced in 2016 that they’d be offering wine in a select number of locations (some of which now host Wine Wednesdays), indie shops across the nation took note. A few had already been catering to bibliophiles with a penchant for bubbly and beer for years, but now many more are serving drinks stronger than mere coffee.
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Books & Brews
WHERE: Indianapolis, Indiana
Books & Brews currently boasts nine locations but the flagship (or mothership, as they like to call it), is in Indianapolis, home to the brand’s nano brewery that supplies its satellite shops. B&B’s Core 5 brews, including the Cream and Punishment cream ale and Charlie, the chocolate milk stout (get it?), are available at all locations. The chain is the brainchild of a former stay-at-home dad who was brewing his own beer while dreaming of a place where everyone drank together and got along. Communal seating encourages the company’s “Read—Drink—Converse,” ethos and literary puns provide good icebreakers. In summer, be sure to try the lavender wheat favorite, Flowers for Ale-gernon.