Sunday, March 15, 2020

Checking in on Book Club Bar

Text and photos by Stacie Joy

Updated 3/16 below

I stopped by Book Club Bar on Third Street yesterday to talk with Nat Esten, who runs the shop along with his wife Erin Neary, about how the small business is managing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Esten and Neary, who live nearby, are encouraging people who want to support the shop to buy books online, purchase gift cards or listen to audiobooks via

Book Club is also offering coffee (via Mud) to go along with items from Eli Zabar’s bakery.

I asked Nat what books he recommends for people staying indoors. He offered two suggestions: For scary pertinent material, “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel, and for distraction enjoyment, “The Splendid and the Vile,” by Erik Larson.

Book Club Bar, 197 E. Third St. between Avenue A and Avenue B, remains open for now with daily hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Updated 3/16

They are now only open for to-go coffee and pick-up book orders. You can still shop via their website.

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