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Best places to host a book club

Kathleen Hom  |  Updated 09/20/2011

Plan your next meeting at one of these cozy eateries, where you are welcome to get lost in conversation.


Ebenezers Coffeehouse

Washington, DC

This intimate establishment only blocks from Union Station boasts comfy club chairs. The copper-hued first floor can be filled with locals focused on laptops or newspapers, armed with a scone, a lunchtime sub or a mug of hot Joe. But groups can meet in the lower level, if it isn't in use for a special event.


Northside Social

Arlington, VA

The fire-engine-red stucco building that used to be a shabby coffeehouse has reinvented itself: It now sports cream-colored walls and chairs, which accent dark-stained tables. When the interior is crammed with patrons, groups can rent out the upstairs wine bar, reserve the back room or soak up the sun seated on black iron chairs outdoors.The menu may be a draw on its own: Sweet treats are supplemented by savory bites such as crisped pork belly sandwiches, house-made ricotta and duck confit.


Rhode Island Reds

Hyattsville, MD

Stone parapets mark the exterior of this two-year-old red-and-white cafe. Parking is limited, but once inside you can forget the hectic surroundings and relax in the joint's rustic charm. Order a pizza or an Italian hoagie along with a bottle of Chianti at the counter, and kick back at the floral-oilcloth-covered tables.


St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

Alexandria, VA

Some Del Ray book clubs already have discovered this decorative outpost, where works by local artists enhance the walls. The restaurant, which serves coffee, tea, sandwiches and salads, also offers plenty of seating, including a space reserved for kids and an awning-covered sidewalk with tables and chairs.


Tryst Coffeehouse and Bar

Washington, DC

Boisterous patrons swarm this 13-year-old Adams Morgan establishment, which welcomes both small and large groups. The wall-to-wall seating includes benches and couches. And if the lounge is near capacity, the bar offers another place to converse. In addition to coffeehouse favorites, Tryst is known for decadent creations, such as its peanut butter cheesecake, and season cocktails.


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