The Bookworm 书虫书吧


Average: 3.4 (36 votes)

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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.


Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu
Chaoyang District
50-80 per person
Daily 9am-2am
6586 9507
No Smoking Sections
All chinese and foreign credit cards


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Come for the Show, Leave for the Staff

Joined: Sep 16, 2013
Posts: 11
Review of The Bookworm

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.

horrible event management

Joined: Jun 14, 2009
Posts: 4
Review of The Bookworm

This was my first time here, and what a terrible experience! I went for speaking event. I knew I'd never make it on time in rush hour, but it didn't look like broad enough interest to get overbooked.

Boy, was i wrong! I was greeted by the manager and a hostile waitress, who looked ready for a fight and immediately informed me they were oversold. They were both very condescending, as though I were stupid for not knowing what a popular establishment this was. I asked if there was a way to book reservations in the future. The waitress, sighing in clear annoyance that I was still there and that she had to answer this question - AGAIN - curtly informs me that tickets can be purchased in store in advance.

This was news to me, since there was nothing on the website about that, or the possibility that things might get oversold. If it's clearly such a common issue, why not just put it online, instead of treating patrons like idiots for not being familiar with your business?

With nothing else to do but wait for rush hour pass, I stayed for dinner - 50 kuai for the smallest burger in Beijing! Afterwards, I couldn't find any staff the take my bill, and had to go to the bar. It was passed from person to person, each yelling at the last to give me change, until finally landed at the rude manager, who took it without looking up, and continued what she was doing until i decided it just wasn't worth it and left.

wow. i mean, just wow. If i never go back here, it will be too soon.

If you just want to read, it's OK

Joined: Feb 05, 2009
Posts: 4
Review of The Bookworm

But if you want to do something else, like eat, drink or have anything to do with the staff, you'd be better off going somewhere else.

I go to a happy hour here once a month, where cheap drinks make it worthwhile. But otherwise, the service is ferociously consistent in its incompetence and mild hostility. The last time I was there I even detected a scolding tone - which I found refreshing, yet still unwelcome over lunch.