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Coffee Shop/Wine Bar for Book Club Meeting

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Hi!

I am looking for a good spot in the Boston area (Boston, Cambridge or Brookline) for my book club to meet. There are going to be between 8-15 people depending on the meeting and we are hoping to find a place that we can order both coffee or wine/beer. I'm hoping for a place that is mellow, large enough that can accommodate this size group and a relaxed atmosphere that will be okay with our group meeting for an hour or two on a weeknight without rushing us out the door.

Any suggestions? I really appreciate it!

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  1. gee, i don't know. maybe it's just my thinking, but that's a bit much to ask for- 15 people talking together(dominating) in a quiet intimate setting........... I've done small foursomes in Starbucks but that's quite different. I'm trying to imagine some big place that could seat you together in a far corner when they first open maybe, if they have mostly a late-night crowd. Sorry, i got the profile, maybe, but i don't know where it exists..................

    1. Trident Cafe on Newbury Street has coffee and wine and a bookstore. They used to advertise part of the cafe space for meetings, so maybe give them a call and find out if they can accommodate you.

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      1. re: BackBayGirl

        I have my monthly book club meeting at Trident. Granted, we're a lot smaller - 5 at a max, usually 3. It's a great place to meet and accommodates those who want a snack, a meal, a drink, etc. We meet from 6:30 to 8 and it's usually pretty quiet.

      2. I am a Bookcrosser and we have our monthly meetings (outside of Philadelphia in Mintco) at Pannera. OK so no wine/beer, but we have never had an issue of being accepted and infact the staff seems to enjoy having us.

        HTH a tiny bit.

        1. Athan's Bakery in Brighton is gorgeous, spacious, and delicious. They have a wide menu...you can get just some tea or coffee, pastries, gelato, a sandwich, or a paste entrée. I love their baklava personally. They also serve beer and wine. I think this would be the perfect place for a book club; I've attended a few community meetings here over the years.

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/athans-bakery...

          1. How about Channel Cafe in Fort Point? Beer and wine, coffee, lots of space, an adjacent art gallery. Quick walk from South Station.

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            1. re: robwat36

              You might consider giving Tres Gatos in JP a call. Before the renovation this was Rhythm and Muse, a bookstore/record store that was owned by a great guy who was very welcoming to book groups. He still owns the business, which has been transformed into a tapas/wine bar with a bookstore/record store nook in the back. The food is excellent and the service lovely.

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              Tres Gatos
              470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130