Grab a book, grab a glass, and relax

Enjoy all things local at Books & Barrels

Whether you love laying on the couch reading your favorite book, or grabbing a drink with friends and playing games together, this bookstore has created a wonderful space that provides just the right atmosphere to let your worries melt away.

Books & Barrels, which opened back in the summer of 2020, provides new and used books, including East Texas authors, along with a wine bar, that provides wine from local vineyards such as Los Pinos, Enoch’s Stomp, and Rowdy Creek Ranch. From the moment you enter, it doesn’t feel like your typical bookstore, the atmosphere provides a breath of fresh air and a welcoming environment that can ensnare you for hours at a time.

“I wanted people to come in the doors and feel like they’ve been transported out of Longview and be in a comfortable environment where they could be themselves and do their thing,” said owner Laura Nevils.

Even if you aren’t a heavy reader, there is complimentary wi-fi for those who would prefer to bring their laptop for some work and spaces for a group to play board games together while sharing a bottle of wine.

For some extra fun, there are multiple events worth checking out that happen each month that all ages can enjoy. You can bring the kids for Children’s Storytime the 1st & 3rd Saturdays, enjoy some arts & crafts each 2nd Wednesday, share some poetry the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays, or stop by for Open Mic Night on the 4th Thursday of each month.

“We have a lot of book launches and author signings here, all of the events are free,” said Nevils. “If there’s anything that someone wants, we can also order it for them.” Plus, if you would like to host an event at Books & Barrels, they do allow private parties with room up to 50 guests on Mondays.

And for the cherry on top, you can enjoy other local goods and gifts from local artists, with paintings on the walls ready to be brought to a new home, or other home goods that would help you bring a little bit of the magic back home with you.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Books & Barrels is located at 206 N Center Street, Longview, TX 75601.

To learn more about Books & Barrels, you can visit their website here, or click below to visit any of their social media pages.

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Jade Allen

Jade Allen

Jade Allen explores East Texas to bring the most exciting activities and locations to The East Texas Weekend. Jade came to Texas in 2018, where it has steadily become a home and a place to explore.