Located right in downtown Asheville, Battery Park Book and Champagne Bar almost feels like it’s been transported from a quaint European town. From the expertly crafted espresso drinks, to the selection of fine wines, including, of course, plenty of Champagne, it’s clear that this is far more than your typical chain bookstore.
When you enter the two story space, take a moment to appreciate the cozy furnishings before selecting your spot. Velvet curtains, fringed lamps, and generous leather chairs make this bookstore bar feel almost like an intimate bed and breakfast where you can quietly roam for hours investigating every nook and cranny. One note of caution, this bookstore is well stocked with a range of used titles for you to peruse, but the aisles can be narrow, so stay aware of your surroundings so that you don’t inadvertently block traffic. And come prepared to respect the signs that encourage you to purchase any books first before settling in to read while sipping a drink or nibbling on snacks.
If you come for an afternoon visit, order at the bar; table service starts at 5:00pm. A selection of wines, Champagnes, plus espresso drinks allows you to choose the perfect refreshment to accompany your visit. Enjoy sparkling cocktails with literary inspired names, like the “Secret Garden,” a bright, floral concoction of sparkling wine with elderflower and hibiscus syrups, or for the bolder palate, the “Farenheit 451,” featuring spicy chocolate and cayenne with candied cherry. Or stick with the namesake of the bar and order a nice frosty bottle of real Champagne, served thoughtfully on ice. If you’re looking to expand your palate, you can also enjoy flights to sample a few different Champagnes and compare tasting notes while browsing the shelves.
If you work up an appetite, order a platter of fruit, cheese, meat, olives, or other tasty spreads served with crackers. The food offerings are simple and delicious bites that nicely complement wine. For those with a sweet tooth, ask about rotating options, including chocolates and petite cheesecakes.
The quiet atmosphere at Battery Park Book and Champagne Bar is ideal for a solo traveler looking to hole away and jot some notes in their journal, but it also makes for an intimate afternoon or evening with friends or a special someone. The sound of light conversation and pages turning is interrupted only by the occasional live jazz performance, which adds another level of sophisticated cool. Call ahead to confirm live music, or plan to show up on Sundays, when live jazz tends to get rolling.
Whether you love good books, good wines, or both, this is a wonderful place to happily lose a few hours and unwind. And locals, take note: you can sell your old books at Battery Park Book and Champagne Bar, so it’s also a great spot to unload a little clutter from your home while picking up some new volumes to enjoy!
-Dog lovers, rejoice! Battery Park Book and Champagne Bar is a dog-friendly establishment, provided your pooch can stay with you and respect the chill vibe. It’s hard to imagine a loud, barking dog in this tranquil spot, but for laid back four legged friends, a nap on the plush carpets looks like a solid way to spend a dog day afternoon!