This sleek lending library and bookshop has the best selection of English language books and magazines in town and is often cheaper than Amazon et al. The bibliophile manager arranges a fabulous lecture series that features both local and international authors. Other draw cards include the rooftop terrace, comfy couches and a kitchen that serves European fare. Quiz night every Monday at 7.30pm.
User reviews of The Bookworm 书虫书吧
Went here today with my husband and was pretty underwhelmed.
Don't really understand the hype over a cafe in a bookstore especially since the service/food is mediocre. Book selection is pretty poor too so you may as well stick to amazon.
I attend events every now and then at The Bookworm. But every single time, the staff there, especially the guys behind the bar, are always either glum-looking, or not happy to serve. It's sad as this place is an institution. So I do my best to stay away from it as much as I can.
Also, last night there was cockroach roaming the bar. Ugh...
When you need to buy some book or simply window shop some recent books or browse through the library of books you have there this place is a refreshing change. Sometimes they invite authors and if your email is listed with them you would be invited for a 50 yuan admission fee perhaps to listen to them. The coffee is average but you could meet some interesting people there. A must for me every few weeks or months.
Recently went to a Ji Wei Gu Zhong performance and it was spectacular.
However, the main bartender and his minions are evil to the core. Not sure if this is a foreigner thing as they seemed plenty friendly when I watched them interacting with the Chinese patrons.
Either way, come for the show, leave for the staff.
Have to give 1-star as no one should be subjected to such blunt hostility.
For the atmosphere, I give a 4 star rating. For the food: I give nothing but it is actually good, but pricy for the portions which are big, but not worth 98RMB for fish and chips! My god good sir!