Eat & Drink

Happy Hour a real page turner

Edition Bookbar at 181 Harris Street, Pyrmont, is a licensed venue ideal for bookworms.

Edition Bookbar is not your typical bar. It is a booklover’s dream, with hundreds of highly acclaimed novels available to read and purchase from all over the globe. This unique mix of a bookshop in a bar allows customers to read, eat and drink, choosing from a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books, foods, wines, beers, spirits and cocktails.
Located in Pyrmont, it is getting increasingly popular, especially since the introduction of happy hour. The manager of Edition Bookbar, Chris Howley has been working there since February this year.
“We have Happy Hour every day we’re open, Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 7pm,” said Howley. “The deal remains the same every night: $6 beers, ciders, house wines and house spirits.
“We also have exclusive Happy Hour deals depending on the day. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays we have Espresso Martinis for $10; on Thursdays we offer the Gin Cocktail menu for $10; and on Fridays we have two glasses of Prosecco for $15.”
Edition Bookbar provides customers with a great night out with friends, or a great night in with some brilliant, classic novels.
The food on offer ranges from appetisers, bagels, toast, artisan bruschetta, sandwiches and quesadillas. They also have tasting plates and cheese plates to share, which can be washed down with a nice glass of wine or one of their many impressive cocktails.
Adding a special touch to their cocktail menu, Edition Bookbar have writer-themed cocktails, such as the Gin Fitzey, Sex on the Chisel Beach and Bloody Mary Shelley, for all booklovers to indulge in.
For those who prefer a simple non-alcoholic drink to accompany their novel, Edition Bookbar has them covered, providing coffee, tea, juice and soft drinks. They also have a variety of desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Edition Bookbar holds an event every few months, inviting authors and publishers to visit and share information on their upcoming releases. In the past this has included non-fiction author and publisher Alan Whiticker; author Sally Hammond; and author John Merrick all made appearances to share their stories with the customers.
Edition Bookbar are open on Mondays by appointment only and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 10pm. On Friday and Saturday they are open until midnight and on Sundays they are closed.
The Edition Bookbar is affordable, particularly during happy hour for those on a tight budget. It provides a fun, yet relaxing atmosphere for customers to socialise, dine and discover new

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