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May 2, 2011 11:22 AM

Coffee Shop/Wine Bar for Book Club Meeting


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 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.

          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.

              Tres Gatos
              470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130