Books and drinks share a striking ability to bring people together and foster passionate discussion. Now they also share a roof at Afterword Tavern & Shelves, a hybrid bar and bookstore now open at 1834 Grand Boulevard. The novel concept features a curated selection of reads, local beer (all hailing from breweries within a 100-mile radius of the shop), Midwestern wines, regionally produced liquor and coffee. Afterword also serves up sandwiches and small plates, including seasonal toasts and a Cubano packed with smoked ham and citrus pork, not to mention cocktails like the Tyrannosaurus Tex, clarified milk punch with Duffy’s Run Vodka, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, lime, hatch and guajillo peppers. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the cozy Crossroads spot is the perfect place to find your next favorite book—or find yourself in conversation with a fellow bibliophile.