Afterword Tavern & Shelves

You know how you can walk into a space & instantly feel at home there? This was the case the first time I walked into Afterword Tavern & Shelves. I genuinely cannot wait to come back here, again & again, and then maybe a few more times after that!

All photos by Alyssa Broadus.

All photos by Alyssa Broadus.


A quick look inside and you’ll see why: the space is as cozy as can be, the perfect spot to curl up with a book and a drink, or a friend or two, and pass a whole lunch hour or evening out. I ordered a Spiced Cider from Austin Eastciders for my first round & was able to browse their book selection at the same time, which was a dream way to shop for a new read.


Not only is the staff warm & friendly, (and helpful when navigating all the wonderful things on the menu), but the food & drink selection is so impressive. We ordered a meat + cheese board, and I couldn't narrow down whether my favorite part was the local selections or the beautiful wooden serving board itself! The board came with local selections of meat, homemade fruit jam, pickled veggies, mustard and a Bloom Bakery baguette.


The desire behind opening Afterword Tavern & Shelves was one of togetherness and wanting to combine a space that would allow you to connect with friends & strangers alike with a good book + spirit/cocktail, and escape your chaos for a bit. I can’t imagine a dreamier spot to do just that.

This shop is located at 1834 Grand Boulevard, and is open Wednesday/Thursday 11-10 p.m., Friday/Saturday 11-Midnight, and Sunday from 11-7 p.m. Check it out and let us know how much you love this cozy respite in the Crossroads!