And headed to events at the nonprofit kibbitznest!
Proceeds from books, brews & blarney benefit our nonprofit partner, kibbitznest, in our back space. You're heading to kibbitznest.org for the latest community events about coming together face-to-face to think, to teach, to talk, to listen, to read, to argue, to discuss, to inquire, to look at, and to be human.
Welcome to Kibbitznest - Where Old Fashioned Communication is King!
Hi there, fellow Kibbitzer!
Welcome to our wifi free bookstore, bar, and cafe, located in the quaint and cozy corner of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, right next to the east side of Bucktown, and right across the street from Chicago’s favorite pizza, Pequod’s.
We have local, domestic, and imported beer, delectable cheese plates, Bobtail Ice Cream, all sorts of games, and books, of course!
Our WiFi free bookbar (not to be confused with ‘FREE WiFi’) is partnered with the non-profit, Kibbitznest - a 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted to encouraging face to face communication and open spaces for discussion, so expect to find all sorts of live events here, including a seasonal Liberal Arts Discussion Series led by professors from our collaborator, University of Chicago Graham School, poetry open mic nights, live music performances, book clubs, and the occasional comedy show!
Pop in when you can, unplug from your screens, enjoy breaking free from the internet, and have a chat the old fashioned way - face to face!
Our cafe and book bar comes with the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times newspapers, for free to read at The Nest.
Keep up with the times with a cup o’ joe or a frothy pint of beer!
Games and Brews
We might seem like a serious institution with discussions and books and no wifi, but underneath it all, we’re all about having fun - face-to-face with the people we care about the most (or even complete strangers!).
As a gamebar, we have plenty of game boards and card games ready for you to enjoy with your cheese plate, chicago style hot dog, or a few of our fine and carefully selected beverages.
There are no time limits on our games and you can even B.Y.O.G.! Just remember: As long as your payin’, keep playin’!
Typewriters and Local Art
So you’ve never used one of these before?
Don’t panic, friend!
As this beautiful post card by local artist @bekindandcreate says, “You will be okay, I promise.”
We’re one of the few remaining places that has old school typewriters available for use and as a paying supporter of Kibbitznest, you can use it all you want!
Let us know if you need help loading paper into the typing machine and we’ll be right over to assist you on your writing endeavors.
Tea and Hot Toddies - All Year Round
Whether you spike your tea or not, we’ve got you covered.
Try a classic hot toddy without tea, or ask for any of our flavored teas to pair with locally made Almighty Spirits Whiskey.
Our favorites at the bar are English Breakfast and, if you’re looking to spice things up, Chai Tea.
Technological Balance is Key
Being partners with a nonprofit that supports unplugging and engaging in Face-To-Face conversation, we try to discourage cellphone use whenever possible.
But as a wifi free cafe bar and a business that needs to make a profit, we need to allow some room for folks to come around and take photos, because, let’s face it, social media is a great advertising tool.
Despite our needs to keep up with the times, please feel free to take your phone out to share photos of the cozy and eclectic atmosphere of our book bar here in Lincoln Park, but once you’re done, we kindly ask that you keep your phone in your pocket or purse.
Be sure to tag us when you can, and let everyone know how much fun it was to unplug and chat face-to-face!
Games, Games, Games!
As a paying customer of Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney, you have access to Rummikub, Guess Who?, Set, or good old fashioned Backgammon.
There are plenty more games with varying intensities and, if you can’t find what you want, you can either suggest a new game for us or bring your own game!
Books, Beer and Food!
In the mood for charcuterie, cheese, a local Chicago micro brew, or even a low price book?
Well there’s nothing to fear and loathe here! (see what I did there?)
Kibbitznest has all of this and more. Our salami (‘salumi’ if you’re fancy and want to say the plural of salami) and cheese plate hits the spot with our hand-sliced gourmet dried charcuterie with mortadella and your choice of one of our carefully selected cheeses.
Our bookstore sells used books and new Liberal Arts titles at very fair prices, and the profits all support our nonprofit partner, Kibbitznest, so that they can host discussions and presentations in one of our lovely event spaces with professors and doctorate students from The University of Chicago Graham School.
Sundaes, Settlers and Shakespeare
Our book bar is a unique place where books, local Chicago ice cream, and tabletop games meet to create a wonderful medley of entertainment and interconnectivity with your fellow humans.
Boggle, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Munchkin, and Guess Who are just a few of the board games that you can feel free to use while imbibing here at Kibbitznest.
Some might consider us a game or tabletop bar, but we like to think that we are so much more than that. We’re a space where people come together to celebrate being together and growing beyond our technological limitations.
No WiFi means more creative thinking, more engaging conversation, and more awareness. Next time you’re in the Lincoln Park area, come by our bar and give it a try!