Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Famous Libraries

Biblioteca Geral University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

New York Public Library, New York, USA

Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria


Boston Copley Public Library, Boston, USA

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Riggs Library, Georgetown University, USA

Boston Athenæum, Boston, MA, USA

Widener Library, Harvard. Cambridge, MA, USA

The Seattle Public Library is my favorite library hands down.


Like some hallowed center of higher learning, amber-lit Brandy Library is a labor of love. While cocktail waitresses neatly climb ladders to fetch the namesake bottles that line the space’s vertical shelves, you can sink into a buttery tobacco leather chair, Alistair Cooke–style, or cozy up with a date on a banquette in the bar, occupied by both fashionable locals and fellows with loosened ties. The book everyone is here to check out is the fat bound menu showcasing refined Cognacs (as well as a 1914 brandy that runs $230 for a snifter), rustic Calvados, and just about anything else you could think of, including more than 120 classic cocktails. Although they arrive in splendid Nick and Nora–worthy glassware (think small martini or wide-mouth champagne glasses), the cocktails still need tinkering. Still, like any great, but flawed novel, there is much to love here.

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