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If the new library has a cafe, wouldn't it be nice if it could have a bar, too?

If the new library has a cafe, wouldn't it be nice if it could have a bar, too? Wishful thinking, we know, but there are spots in the city where you can buy a coffee for one hand and a beer for the other. We took a sip out of the coffee-holding hand (honest) and looked them up.

Coastal Coffee

This Robie Street coffeehouse with a to-die-for breakfast sandwich serves alcoholic beverages as well---who knew? Bishop's Cellar picks out a small wine list for Coastal, with a glass averaging at $6 and a bottle at $30. You can also get imported or domestic beers, specialty coffees and fancier items such as a mimosa or kir royale.

2713 Robie Street, 405-4022

FRED. beauty food art. and Whet Cafe

FRED (pictured above) also serves mimosas (orange juice is so much better with champagne), or you can grab a beer from the choices of Propeller, Stella and Corona. The wines change up frequently, but are normally organic, with a house white and house red for the taking. 2606 Agricola Street, 455-9438

Alteregos Coffee House

The coffee house fronting Halifax Backpackers keeps it short and sweet. Its beer menu includes Propeller, Keith's, Keith's Light and Heineken, with a couple house red and white wines for those not in the beer mood. The patio is also licensed, which is handy during the summer, but it's a little chilly and barren at the moment. 2193 Gottingen Street, 431-3170

Perks Coffee (waterfront)

The waterfront ocation of Perks is the only one that's licensed, with an extensive list of alcoholic beverages including the usual wine and beer options while adding whiskey, rum and vodka to the possibilities. The imported beers also include Guinness, with the added option of Strongbow Dry Cider. Prices range from $4.25 (domestic beer) to $5.75 (imported), keeping it affordable.

1781 Lower Water Street, 429-9386

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