This book-themed bar serves slightly expensive drinks with literary names (like the Atticus Finch and the Jay Gatsby), but it’s not totally a gimmick. The cocktails are legitimately good, and you can also get punch on tap (or order it to-go 48 hours in advance if you’d rather host drinks at your house). Novela usually gets pretty crowded after work, especially since people can reserve tables, but there’s nothing wrong with standing at the bar or forming a middle-school-dance-style circle with your coworkers.
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