One Sunnyside bar is combining a good read with drinks.
Last month, The Courtyard Ale House, located at 40-18 Queens Blvd., began The Courtyard Book Club where bar patrons get together, talk about the previous month’s book pick and then select a new novel.
The group meets in the courtyard of the bar the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m. This month 12 people came together, and for the first meeting 16 people showed up.
“During the day a lot of people come in and are reading a book,” said Sinead Curran, a bartender at the bar. She came up with the idea of the book club after trying to have conversations about books with patrons, but having to shout at times in the bar atmosphere. “We just decided as a group of the regulars to start a book club.”
Curran said any genre of book is welcomed and the group members will take turns every month in choosing a book.
July’s selection was “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern and this month the group selected “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski.
She also said the group provides a “nice social setting” for everyone to sit around and talk about the book and also stick around after for drinks.
“It’s a good way for new people to get to know the neighborhood,” Curran said. “Sunnyside is a community, it’s a very close-knit community. We can all get together, all walks of life and get to know people that you wouldn’t have gotten to know beforehand.”