Best literary places to have a drink

  1. KGB Bar
    This cozy and charmingly dingy Soviet-themed bar hosts a number of excellent reading series that run the genre gamut: sci-fi, literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry. 85 E 4th St between Bowery and Second Ave (212-505-3360,

  2. Cake Shop
    This Lower East Side hot spot is more than just a music club. Watch its schedule for young and vital literary talent. 152 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-252-0036,
  3. Pete’s Candy Store
    The front room serves beer, specialty drinks and good music. The back room is, frequently, the site of Pete’s Reading Series, a prime destination for young and talented fiction writers and poets. 709 Lorimer St between Frost and Richardson Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-302-3770,
  4. Freebird Books
    This liquor-licensed Brooklyn bookseller welcomes excellent readers, throws book parties and hosts the popular Apocalyptic Reading Group.123 Columbia St between DeGraw and Kane Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-643-8484,
  5. Last Exit
    Keep an eye out for this Atlantic Avenue dive’s reading events, known as the Other Means series. 136 Atlantic Ave between Clinton and Henry Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-222-9198,