It’s about time I feature a bookstore on my blog. I love seeking out bookstores when I travel and knew I needed to go to Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar as soon as I entered “used books asheville” in my search bar.
It might be nice to have a glass of champagne while I browse the bookshelves, I thought. The reality was a flipflop of what I’d imagined. There were tons of bookshelves crammed with books, divided in sections with plenty of little reading nooks to peruse them. But — there were also so many tables full of people overflowing throughout the bookstore that the tables and chairs surrounded by people made it impossible to actually go look at the books. The books weren’t the main feature; the drinks were.
I did try, though. I ordered a glass of wine at the bar and carried it around with me. There were chairs and tables scattered everywhere in the bookstore and all of them were taken. It was hard to know what to do with myself. I could either try to find a seat or stand there sipping my wine. The one thing I couldn’t do? Read the back covers of the books I could actually access. The lighting was so dim that you would need a nifty little booklight if you wanted to actually read. Obviously, during the evening hours when they also have live music, they don’t expect to sell any books. It’s a busy nightspot and I gave on book shopping and enjoyed a drink and live music amidst my favorite setting: bookshelves. If I lived in Asheville, I’d be a regular here. For books and for drinks and ambiance.
On Sundays, they even have brunch…
Tell us all about other cool bookstores you’ve been to. (They’re actually all cool, aren’t they?)