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The Bookstore Speakeasy

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Bar
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336 Adams St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1661
+1 610-867-1100
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 02:00
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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Sincerely, I do not gain any enjoyment from disparaging a merchant, I do not want to jeopardize anyone's livelihood. Most times I don't review when its negative. ... This is an exception. My wife, myself and another couple went to dinner here on Saturday 11 February. They are very overpriced. ... To be clear, I do not mind paying whatever... More 

Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been to this restaurant numerous times. Aside from the unique atmosphere which is always a winner, the cocktails are superb, our meal was delicious and well prepared and service was top notch. My wife has celiac and while there is no special menu, there were numerous dishes on the menu that were gluten free and the server was attentive... More 

Thank Robert P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked down narrow steps into the 1920's. We were told our wait would be 30 minutes to sit at the bar, we sat in 10 minutes. While we waited, we were given menus that were actually hard covered books. Their menu prices for the apps and drinks were reasonable. The items were a little too different for me, one... More 

Thank Ann M
Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't let the location scare you....imagine going back in time to the 1920's. This restaurant really recreates that era. Lit only by candlelight this place is a must stop. Loved the menus inside books. The staff was really friendly & seemed to enjoy telling us about the history of this place. Had a really great dinner.

Thank ElenaS
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80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for drinks and appetizers. There is an obscure entrance which took us a while to find but that just added to the cool factor of this place. When you enter its like you are going into a secret club and the place is full of nostalgia. Had the best holiday/ eggnog cocktail I have ever tasted! Truffle fries... More 

Thank Chizette
Easton, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I would like to give the Bookstore a 3.5 star rating. We have dined here twice, both experiences similar. Love the atmosphere of this restaurant. Very dark & hidden. You would never know it was there if you weren't looking for it. Our first time was on a weekend, with live music. It was very loud & busy but still... More 

Thank WeekendPlayers
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

great drinks, great bartenders, great live music, great atmosphere, great bar snacks, great entrees and desserts

Thank jimbobboy10
doylestown, pa
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

So heard this was the place to go. Drove over an hour to get there. Cool concept. The reality for us was this. Hard to find the entrance. It's a black door that leads to a basement. Great friendly staff. Moody ambiance, huge bar. Concern? You're in a basement. There are kerosene lights (lots of fumes) and candles everywhere...and a... More 

Thank mikedoylestown
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109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We had late night reservations for drinks (11:30 pm) so we didn't have a chance to try food. The cocktails were great, very unique choices. There was a small band playing jazz which was great, the place was packed and it was a great vibe. Table lit by candles, authentic '20;s feel. Very intimate place..although a little noisy with the... More 

Thank traveler541
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129 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

The food &drinks are FABULOUS! We had pickles, clams to start. Both recommended! I got whiskey bartenders pick and they were both excellent! I had the pasta of the day (small plate not so small!) and my husband had the blackened salmon which was excellent! Wrote also had some French pressed decaf coffee and a cheesecake creme brulee! Awesome as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 336 Adams St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1661
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Bethlehem
  • Phone Number: +1 610-867-1100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?