Described as a ‘literary clubhouse’, this Grosse Pointe bar always has a spot for someone to curl up with a good book.
Flyleaf is the brainchild of Lindsay Scallen, and spans three levels of a prominent building on The Hill – originally a skinny, one-storey post-war that’s been built up and out to create an immersive literary haunt and community space. Taking its name from the blank sheet found at the beginning of a bound book – a metaphor for the business’s development –, Flyleaf is a hybrid space that is conceived as a ‘home from home’ that looks and feels more like a grand library than your typical cocktail bar.
Ornate staircases connect the floors, which are enclosed by grand floor-to-ceiling wood panelling. Rooms meanwhile have towering bookcases brimming with 4,500 titles.
Visitors enter via a bookstore on the ground floor, with the option to head up to the bistro to order a coffee and pastry or to the bar for burgers, fries and cocktails. There’s also a seasonal rooftop area for lunchtime drinks and social gatherings, with views across The Hill.
Those looking for a peaceful place to read a few chapters can head to one of the seating nooks in the store or pull up a velvet tub chair next to a marble fireplace in the Reading Room. Flyleaf’s rules are relaxed, with guests welcome to browse the shelves as they sip a cocktail.