The Yard, Austin’s home to the next generation of local movers, shakers, and—above all—makers, makes the quick trip south of Ben White worth it. Whether you crave high quality coffee, award-winning wine, a place for your band to jam, or a beach volleyball haven, you’ll find what you want a mere 10 minutes from downtown. Not to mention whiskey, beer, and Thai food. This is the second installment in my series highlighting the talented people setting up shop at this development in south Austin. [Read more…]
South Austin tends to feel like the epicenter of independent coffee shops. We have so many, in fact, that narrowing this list down to 9 places was a challenge! What they all have in common is what makes them so South Austin: a combination of organic, locally-roasted beans, free Wi-Fi, food to nosh on, and dog-friendly areas. Despite their similarities, each of these South Austin coffee shops holds a unique allure and has a legion of devotees. [Read more…]
Guest article by Natalie Parra-Novosad
I’ll go out of my way every morning just to get an espresso or cappuccino at one of my favorite cafes, even if it means being a little late for work. I’ll never enjoy a coffee from Starbuck’s or a gas station again.
Sometimes I wallow in guilt over the fact that I’m willing to fork over a good chunk of my salary to satisfy my craving for exceptional coffee, often multiple times a day. But after getting to know the baristas at four of my favorite Austin coffee shops, I feel less guilty about my habit.
Meet the faces behind the flavor.
Guest article by Molly Morrow
As a woman from Seattle (okay, as a woman from a farming-valley-turned-shopping-mall that’s close enough to Seattle for me to lie without feeling bad), I can assure you that I know my way around a coffee shop. I have been in coffee shops resembling EuroDisney, coffee shops with dog balconies, coffee shops with and without a unifying central theme such as “bad art” or “bird music,” and coffee shops that looked like the vacation houses of stone-cold lunatics.
I have been in coffee shops so dimly lit and crowded with velveteen daybeds that I felt myself growing more Victorian, just staring at myself in the glass of the bakery case. I have been in thousands of coffee shops over the years, and I have judged them all without mercy.
It sits quietly and unassumingly. You’ve likely walked right past without stepping inside because it seamlessly blends with its surroundings.
Once Over Coffee Bar is a well-kept secret that proudly claims the “Tiniest Dog Park In Texas,” along with stellar coffee and beer. And it happens to be owned by a likable, down-to-earth couple who live within walking distance of their patch of caffeinated utopia. [Read more…]
Step aside, Starbucks. I know you think you’re cool because you supposedly started the whole “blogger at a coffee shop” movement, but we’re in Austin, bucko. We’ve been laptopping with lattes since before you even thought it was a thing. Busted.
Coffee. Beer. Good vibes. This is the mantra of Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. and I stand behind it.
As I walked up to the brewpub on an overcast morning, I could smell beer brewing in the breeze. It was early, so I got a latte, but you can bet I’ll be back for a beer soon. Cedar Park needs a place like this and I’m happy it’s finally here.
The heart and soul of Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Company lies in owners Chad Misner and Jon Lamb, along with part owner and head brewer Zack Gardner and coffee connoisseur Jered Hill. I was able to meet all these friendly guys on this breezy morning, and they were happy to show me around less than a week after opening. They take pride in being locally owned and owner-operated, and do business with one simple mission: Do good. Be positive. Have fun. [Read more…]
I’m a sucker for monkeys. Their expressive eyes, curious nature and playful demeanor have captured my heart since childhood. And so it was no surprise the day my car veered into a parking lot off Burnet when I saw an animated circular face with tiny ears, resembling the classic 80’s stuffed sock monkey.
The little primate’s paws and curled tail grip a circular sign with bold letters identifying the establishment, Monkey Nest Organic Coffee and Bakery. [Read more…]
The Christmas lights are always on at Spider House Cafe. The funky atmosphere will grip you as soon as your foot is in the door, and the coffee drinks, full bar and food options will make you want to stay a while. Just next door, Spider House Ballroom keeps nightlife on an aggressive dose of oxygen with regular shows and events.
Maybe you haven’t been around Spider House since you moved out of West Campus with that degree in your hand. Or maybe you haven’t been initiated yet, your assaulted senses carrying you over the wooden threshold. Whatever the case, I’m here to tell you why a visit should be in your future. [Read more…]
Coffee. Some drink it black. Some with cream. And others get fancy frou-frou drinks with extra foam, double shots or even chocolate.
However you take your coffee, I guarantee you have yet to reach coffee heaven. Summermoon Coffee will get you there [Read more…]