SEACOAST ONLINE (November 27, 2012)

" Portsmouth met all of our requirements for a good location," Strymish said. "We'll also have entertainment in the evenings. The space is just the right size and it's very comfortable with the sofas, chairs and tables. And, of course, a bar and café. "

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THE WIRE (January 30, 2013)

" While a polar wind forced temperatures below zero and city workers to steam icy hydrants, those trying to stay warm in Portsmouth Book and Bar on Wednesday, Jan. 23, were thawed by the heart-melting harmonies and luxuriant, literate tales shared by Boston’s all-star band, Session Americana.

" This was the first show scheduled at Book and Bar, a recently opened bookstore and cafe at 40 Pleasant St. featuring small plates, craft beers, wine and surprisingly good acoustics. It proved to be the perfect venue for what felt like an intimate pocket party with favorite friends. "

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NEW HAMPSHIRE MAGAZINE (February 2013)

" Up a few steps of the imposing granite Old Custom House Building you enter a new bookstore-café that feels very modern and hip and, at the same time, like it's been here for awhile. The Portsmouth Book & Bar harks back to an earlier time in downtown Portsmouth, like the 1970s, with people scattered around comfortably reading and sipping beverages in a cool, old building. "

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BOSTON GLOBE (March 3, 2013)

" The renovated, 2,800-square-foot space, located in the city’s old granite Custom House just a block from Market Square, retains the building’s 19th-century grandeur with lofty coffered ceilings and classical columns. The result is a very literary atmosphere for enjoying a drink, a meal, and a good read. Good luck ordering that on Amazon. "

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SEACOAST ONLINE (May 23, 2013)

" To say the least, the Portsmouth Book & Bar is a unique place. It's comfortable, it's inviting, and everything about it is infinitely interesting. It's an establishment that is looking to aid in the distribution of fine used books for those who still covet the tangible and beautiful entity that is a book. It's an establishment that allows you — while thumbing through said volumes of fine books — to partake in a tasty beverage, be it a gourmet latte, a high-quality wine, or a delicious craft beer. And don't forget the food. Crafted by Chef Amy Mehaffey, the Book & Bar conjure up a luscious array of cuisine to tempt any palate — from baked goods, to sandwiches, small plates, and more. "

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