Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar located in the Grove Arcade in Asheville, North Carolina is as close to a perfect marriage as you can get. Books and champagne just naturally go together and when Chris and I walked into the Book Exchange and Champagne Bar we both got the same thrill.
The shop is filled with amazing finds – too many to take in on just one visit. While they specialize in books about North Carolina, American History, the Civil War and the American South you can find just about anything in this massive used book store. Any of the helpful employees can guide you to the section that interests you the most or you can just wander around aimlessly which is my usual mode of operation.
Located amongst the many shelves of loveliness are plenty of seats for browsers and buyers alike to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. There are lots of spaces tucked away from the flow of things upstairs for those who want a quieter space.
Of course the fun thing about this place is that it is a Champagne Bar. They boast an impressive list of champagnes and wines by the glass and offer small bites for customers as well. You can enjoy a glass of lovely wine while snacking on some Smoked Trout Dip and Pimento Cheese spread all while checking out their massive book offerings. What could be better?
The Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar also offers live music on the weekends which is a huge draw. Asheville and the surrounding area is known for art and music and we are always amazed at the talent that is everywhere. Being able to combine a wonderful setting as a book store with live music just completes the entire experience for me.
Did I mention that there are some amazing finds here? Check out this blast from the past.
When we visited we were able to get the tour by owner Donna Wright who graciously shared all of the great things that the place could offer. We spent a bit of time with her and I was so impressed. Not only is it a great bookstore and spot to relax it is also a sought after venue for events. Our main point for our visit that day was to see if it would be a good place for a pre wedding day Meet and Greet and Donna was able to steer us in the right direction. We are thrilled that the space is available and that Aaron and Erin loved it as well for a pre-wedding spot.
But you definitely do not need a special event to enjoy this place. It is a great spot to pop into anytime and guess what? It is dog friendly as well so dog lovers can find a spot to relax, enjoy a nice glass of wine, some snacks and find a new favorite book or two. Or three or a a dozen.
Next time you are in Asheville make sure you pop downtown and check out The Grove Arcade and wander around The Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar. Let me know what you think and what your favorite part of this place is. Remember to Comment for a Cause — PAWS.