Bookbinder’s is a quirky neighborhood pub in the upscale Oxford neighborhood of Jericho. It’s one of my favorite places to spend a mellow weekday evening, and the atmosphere reminds me of two other places I really like (1) the club room of the fancy-schmanzy 21 club restaurant in New York City and (2) Pavilhão Chinês, a bar I went to once in Lisbon, Portugal.
Bookbinders is decorated eccentrically, with random collectibles – train sets, old ice skates, beer coasters, and old photographs – placed on the walls. There’s also a “music room,” with old records and sheet music. During the Christmas season, they serve delicious mulled wine and cider with spices and raisins. (I am convinced it’s the best mulled wine in Oxford, because I’ve sampled the drink in almost every local Oxford pub.) They serve food as well, but I haven’t had the chance to try it.
The Entrance to the “Music Room” at Bookbinder’s
Last night, Jon and I stopped in after a formal three-course dinner to grab drinks and play a few rounds of our favorite card game – Shithead. Bookbinders has a terrific board game collection, with all the classics -Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, etc.
A quick practical tip for the gluten-free folks: If you’ve been gluten-free for awhile, you know that beer is off limits. However, alcoholic cider is gluten-free, as are all forms of hard liquor. Last night, I had the cider on tap, and it was perfect.