Move Over, Oprah: A Guide to L.A.’s Public Book Clubs

“This is not your Mom’s book club,” declared Diana Gettinger. “We drink. It’s noisy.”

Gettinger, an actress and writer, is also the director of the Spare Room Book Club, which takes place at the Spare Room bar in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The drinks are created specifically for the event by mixologist Naomi Schimek and inspired by the book of choice. The noise is the loud clanging of the swanky bar’s Monday night bowling league. What’s a bar without twin bowling lanes, after all?

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