Neighborhood Hangout: Library Lounge
A cozy fire, comfy chairs and books in “360 surround” pull me into the Fairview Inn’s Library Lounge like a magnet, and make it just as hard to leave.
A bar’s in the corner, a menu’s within reach and there’s plenty to chat about and read on shelves packed with Mississippi books. Author photos smile in silent encouragement. Check out the Libations menu: inspired craft cocktails — the Belhaven “Eudora Welty” and Basil Gimlet “Margaret Walker,” for instance — draw on that same spirited, creative well.
It’s an intimate setting, but that’s just one vibe. In the next room, cushioned benches and TVs flash a younger feel. A big magnolia offers in-the-trees enchantment out on the patio.
Or kick back Southern style in white rockers on the front porch of The Fairview Inn, a boutique hotel in a 1908 Colonial Revival mansion in the heart of the historic Belhaven neighborhood, the home of the Library Lounge.
The Library Lounge was formed 2012 to bring guests together with neighborhood and city locals, says innkeeper Peter Sharp. “It’s really become a neighborhood hangout, and a place to have a lot of conversation.”
The elevated gastropub feel is a draw for millennials and local professionals, and trivia nights have proven popular. Grad and professional school teams duked it out over the summer, and as many as 17 teams descended on the spot (spreading out to the foyer and garden rooms) for a Tacky Christmas-themed contest.
The Library handles lunch. It has its own focus — craft cocktails and small plates and martinis and full meals. I can hardly stop dipping into a lovely-hued hummus with its tease of cumin.
It tastes like an invitation to come back.
Sherry Lucas is a Jackson writer with an appetite for iconic foods. This story was produced in partnership with The Mississippi List. All photos by Sherry Lucas. All opinions expressed in this post are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily those of Sipp Jackson.
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