The Library Bar

The Library Bar opened in late 2021 and, after various hiccups, we finally got to visit it three months later. In the meantime, it’s quickly defined itself as a community venue, hosting a regular book club, quiz, live music and DJ sets (with Rob Sweeny of Barnet Bop).

After a few blissful spring days, on a bitterly cold late March evening, a friend and I met up at The Library Bar for a long overdue catch-up. It turned out to be the ideal place. Although the bar is located on the busy junction with St Albans, your stress melts away once through the door. We felt cocooned on our cosy sofa and enjoyed warm, friendly service from Connor the manager. The décor is quirky with shelves of books and board games dotted around and various eye-catching and eclectic items on display.

And what about the drinks? The potted cocktail list includes some very tempting options and a decent range of mocktails along with the boozy fair. There’s a good selection of wine, mainly by the bottle, but with a few by the glass and there are hot drinks too. Something to suit any mood or time of day. My Tolstoy’s Mule (vodka, ginger beer and fresh lime slices) hit the spot nicely on a cool evening and my friend’s The Master Margarita (tequila, orange liqueur, peach syrup with cocoa on the rim and a lime slice) was particularly good. With that touch of chocolate, I could imagine them going down particularly well over Easter…

After sipping our cocktails, we tried a couple of glasses of wine (for research purposes, of course) and the house white, Grillo from Sicily was refreshing and characterful and the rosé from Languedoc-Roussillon had a bit more personality than a lot of the extremely pale, delicate examples currently available. Wine is from £5 per glass and from £23.50 per bottle and cocktails are £9.95 with mocktails £6.25. If you need some ballast, snacks range from crisps, pretzels, mixed nuts, olives and dips with pitta. We had a platter of hummus, tzatziki, olives and pitta for £8.

We’ll be back very soon (and certainly for another of those Margaritas). It’s a really welcome addition to the High Street and an imaginative alternative to local pubs.

For details of upcoming events at The Library Bar their Facebook page and Instagram as well as information about hiring the basement venue space, “The Rabbit Hole”.

Two for one cocktails on Tuesdays and booking advisable for weekends.

Opening hours
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 5 to 11pm
Wednesday: 5 to 11pm
Thursday: 5 to 11pm
Friday: 5pm to 1am
Saturday: 3pm to 1am
Sunday: 3 to 9pm

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