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A library where drinking is encouraged

The Library opened on Thursday Night.
The Library opened on Thursday Night. Eli Meixler

A library where drinking is encouraged

The Library – the latest in expat entrepreneur brothers William and George Norbert-Munns’ ever-growing micro-bar empire – has many books and some delicious daquiris.

Asked to explain the connection between books and daiquiris, George was succinct in his answer: “There is none,” he said. However, he went on to say that “there is a connection between a drink and an excuse to have a drink.”

The Norbert-Munns brothers have opened bar.sito, Public House, Seibur, Cicada and Meat and Drink in the space of two years. Each has its own sort of concept and more are pending.

At this latest venture, the daiquiris come in a rainbow of flavours – mango, watermelon, lychee, peach, coconut, lime and more – and the books are similarly diverse, from detective novels to political biographies.

The vibe’s low-key, with dim lighting and a jazz soundtrack, and there are plans to have a bi-weekly book club.

“We’re just trying to do something a bit different,” said William. “It’s a nice airy space that we thought would be a good place to have a read.”

George added that he wanted it to be a “place to have a quiet drink with a few mates”.

“Not too loud, or big. Just a great place to meet up and have a drink and a chat.” And perhaps a read, if your friends are tardy.

The Library is located in Bassac Lane, just off Street 308.

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