Main Floor

Center displays may be moved to accommodate chairs and tables.

Main Floor

Great for weddings and meet ‘n greets.

Flamingo Lounge

The beautiful lounge is great for wedding photos or meetings.

Flamingo Lounge

The lounge on our second floor overlooks the picturesque Crest marquee and K Street. Marble tables can be set up in the lounge or throughout the second floor.

Flamingo Lounge

The lounge is about as picturesque as it gets! We have a beautiful antique bar to serve food and beverages from and a refrigerator.

Details that a bookstore should have!

Descend into the darkness of the basement

Makes a great venue for a party.

Another Universe

Of course, Harry Potter items live under the stairs.

Another Universe

The basement of Capital Books is where the science fiction books and toys are — and maybe some other scary things.

Reserve the Bookstore For Your Event


Reserve the second floor, the entire bookstore, or just the Flamingo Lounge for an author or private event, such as a birthday party, book club, or meeting.

Our second floor is currently closed to the public for browsing. If you are interested in looking into the space to book an event with us, you are welcome to schedule a walk-through. Please direct any and all events inquiries to our Events Coordinator,

Space Details

What are your capacities?

Flamingo Lounge:

The lounge is fairly small but has one of the best views of K St anywhere on the block.


10-15 chairs, no tables
Up to 5 round tables (two tables seat 4; three tables seat 2)
One 3-person couch

Store Capacity:

Our entire store capacity is 50 people total, so if you anticipate that your event will be nearing 50 for the second floor, then you’ll have to rent the entire store because we wouldn’t be able to allow shoppers on the first floor or basement. If you only want to rent the second floor, keep your attendees to about 30-35 people.

Do you offer food?

Our restaurant down the street, There and Back Cafe, can cater your event. Talk to Heidi about what you have in mind. We also offer beverage service:

Drip Coffee (carafe): $6/person
Assorted Hot Teas: $3.79/person

You’re also able to bring in your own food or catering.

What is the cost for private events?

Monday – Friday Rentals (10am – 6pm):

Entire Bookstore Buyout: $300/hour (holiday rates add 20%)
Flamingo Lounge: $50/ for the first 2 hours, $50/hour each hour after that (holiday rates add 20%)

Saturday & Sunday Rentals (Saturdays: 10am – 6pm, Sundays: 11am to 4pm)

Entire Bookstore Buyout: $500/hour (holiday rates add 20%)
Flamingo Lounge: $100/hour (holiday rates add 20%)

Rentals Outside of Our Business Hours*

Buyout $200/hour on Weekdays, $300/Hour on Weekends (holiday rates add 20%)

* Any rentals that go past 6pm Monday through Saturday, or 4pm on Sunday, you’ll be renting the entire store by default at the “Buyout” pricing..

What are you looking for?

Use this button for anything involving a book between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm. For author signings after hours, refer to our store rental rates above.

Use this button for private parties, weddings, showers, or gatherings not involving a book.


We started offering the Flamingo Lounge to couples during the COVID shut-down to give people something to do besides ordering take-out and eating at home day after day. It began as two people who were in the same bubble. As restrictions began lifting, we opened it up to more people in the same party.

You can bring in your own dinner or opt for us to bring you a lovely charcuterie and/or desserts. You’ll get a bottle of red or white wine to enjoy, along with the bookstore all to yourself, and 15% off of that night’s purchases.

Feast and Fiction reservations start at $99 per party

This includes: A table in our Flamingo Lounge for up to 6 people, a complimentary bottle of wine, and 15% off any books purchased during your reservation


Charcuterie: $24 for a board that serves 2, $48 for a board that serves 4
Dessert: $10 per serving

Reservations go from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Reservation dates are Wednesday through Saturday, and only two reservations will be booked per week.