Rough Draft Bar & Books

Kingston, New York

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Love Handles -

A com­fort­able place to not only find your next new fa­vorite book but a lo­cally made pint as well

What it is: Rough Draft is an in­de­pen­dent book­store in a his­toric build­ing in New York’s orig­i­nal cap­i­tal city that boasts a dozen taps from mostly Em­pire State brew­eries. Co-own­ers Amanda and An­thony Stro­moski wanted to bring to­gether their love of beer and books and spent months find­ing the per­fect spot to bring their unique vi­sion to life. It’s the sim­plest of con­cepts in an overly dig­i­tal age: ana­log drink­ing. Pick a beer and pick a book and dis­cover the art and ta­lent in each. Rough Draft is a place to dis­cover new ideas, fla­vors, and neigh­bors and has brought a bit of ci­vil­ity back into a bar scene that is too of­ten dom­i­nated by the flashy and fleet­ing.

Why it’s great: Some­times you just want a place where you can have a pint in a quiet set­ting, with a good book. Most bars, with blar­ing mu­sic, flash­ing TVS, or gen­eral tav­ern ca­ma­raderie can make that dif­fi­cult. Here, a lit­tle soli­tude is en­cour­aged. A well-cu­rated draft list makes sure that there is al­ways some­thing new to dis­cover. Book clubs, au­thor sign­ings, and more also make this a hub for dis­cern­ing drinkers with a lit­er­ary bent. —John Holl

DE­TAILS Hours: 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Tues­day–sun­day Ad­dress: 82 John St., Kingston, NY Web: rough­

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