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Coffee shops / cafes w/free wireless internet?

Hi all..

Help me kick my Starbucks / TMobile habbit. This costs me $20 / month extra to TMobile (on top of my cell phone bill), plus at least one $4 overpriced beverage every time I go. Except for the convinience of having a Starbucks at just about every 2nd or 3rd intersection in LA, there's not too much to be said for this arrangement. So, I'd like to know, are there any mom & pop places (or other chains) around town that offer free wireless internet and will let me plug my laptop in to a power socket for a few hours? And will any of these not rip me off $4 every time I wish to sip the Elixir of the Bean?

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  1. What neighborhood are you in? In the OC, Diedrich has free WiFi, as well as Tully's.

    Unfortunately, I would have recommended T on Fairfax but they've closed. :(

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      T on Fairfax is closed?!? Didn't it just open a couple of months ago?? Boohoo!

      Also, if you're in Burbank, the Starbucks store at the Great Indoors has free Wi-Fi and power outlets. I accidentally discovered it a couple of months ago. There's no ambience, but you can get your work done.

      1. re: SauceSupreme

        Starbucks recently bought up Diedrichs, I know that they're converting some of them to Starbucks, but I'm not sure if that's the case with all of them

      2. I know the Red Cat Lounge (SW corner of the Disney Concert Hall complex) has free wireless, but never tried it myself, nor do I know the pricing on the drinks. But a full-service bar with internet sounds pretty nice!

        http://redcat.org/visit/lounge.php

        1. They are not exactly free, but I know of a few places that have free WiFi with Purchase (Which is only fair I suppose)

          In Los Feliz there is Psychobabble - on Vermont, near Franklin (They are open late)

          In Eagle Rock:

          1. Swork on the corner of Eagle Rock Blvd and Colorado
          2. Goya Cafe about two blocks south of Swork on Eagle Rock Blvd

          I also know of the iCafe on Baldwin in Arcadia in the same mall as the Pavilions and Burlington Coat Factory.

          1. Here's a past thread that might help.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35856...

            As stated somewhere in the middle of it, my personal favorite is Synergy Cafe on Overland in Culver City. Excellent. And Legal Grind on Santa Monica Blvd. and 6th St. in Santa Monica is very good. They may be a chain. Come to think of it there's a very good place on Santa Monica Blvd. near Gardner in WeHo, European Cafe or something, sorry I don't remember; but the owner is very proud of his homemade cheesecake. It is made with pride. Of course, the Panera Bread chain also offers free internet or, at least, the new one in the Marina in the same center at the new Peet's. Have fun.

            1. cafe americano on wilton and wilshire has delish coffee and free wireless. it's a "korean" type coffee place but don't worry. all the counter people there speak perfect english (or close to it)

              swingers on beverly and SM blvd has free wireless as well

              1. Tanner's Coffee on Sepulveda just south of Culver has free wireless. good coffee and really nice people behind the counter,

                1. In Glendale, there's Urartu Coffee, 119 N Maryland Ave.

                  1. If you have DSL through SBC (now ATT) you can add ATT WiFi for $1.90 a month, which lets you use the WiFi in all Coffee Beans and Barnes & Nobles (and McDonalds', if you can believe it.) At that price it might make sense for you.

                    1. Weenez (a hotdog and lots of other stuff cafe) on 5th and Spring Street downtown has wireless internet, though I'm not sure how much it costs.

                      1. The Coral Cafe in Burbank has free wifi. (But don't let the folks across the street at the recording studio with the open network know about it!)

                        See ya
                        Steve

                          1. The Tea Garden on Beverly has free wireless access. However, tea is more than $4 (but worth it, since I think this is the only place in L.A. that actually knows how to brew tea). Also, it's mostly outdoor seating, so there is no power supply for your laptop.

                            1. How about Burger King?
                              They got coffee and free Wifi. You might even kick the coffee habit.

                              Burger King - 4918 West Sunset Blvd. - 323-667-1878
                              Burger King - 3101 San Fernando Road - 213-255-6867
                              Burger King - 700 Cesar Chavez Blvd (Formerly Sunset Blvd) - 213-626-0152
                              Burger King - 5118 Wilshire Blvd - 323-937-9615

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                              1. re: monku

                                I'd rather have a coffee habit than a burger habit.

                              2. Free wifi with purchase at Tatin Coffee House 11207 National Blvd., LA - www.tatincoffeehouse.com

                                1. And while it's not a true coffee house in the strictest sense, you can sit at Whole Foods for free WiFi.

                                  1. Sabor y Cultura in Hollywood (Hollywood Blvd EAST of the 101) has free wifi in the afternoons, as well as a very cozy atmosphere-- large windows, multicolored tables and chairs, and awesome art on the walls. Small lunch-y menu and good drinks.

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                                    1. re: amandine

                                      I second this. I LOVE this coffee shop! The free wifi starts at 3 pm. Great place!

                                    2. Did you know Whole Foods and Coffee Bean & Tea Leafs have free wifi? Check this website out! I use it here at home and also when i travel: http://jiwire.com

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                                      1. re: natincali

                                        I don't think all Coffee Beans have free wifi (though all Whole Foods do). Many Coffee Beans are partnered with AT&T, in the same way that Starbucks is partnered with T-Mobile.

                                      2. I'm repeating myself in this thread, but I have to say that I had an 1800 word magazine piece due today and I pretty much wrote it in Tanner's on Sepulveda on Saturday. Drank coffee, accessed email (they even rebooted the wireless server for me when I came in -- it wasn't working at first and they had no problem getting it going for me -- free!) and got a ton of work done.

                                        Very nice people and an atmosphere conducive to working.

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                                        1. re: PaulF

                                          Gayle's Perks in Northridge has free wifi. Don't live near the place, but they used to have free music and I went up there to hear a singer I liked. Nice folks and they even gave me some free coupons for the place. http://www.gaylesperks.com

                                        2. The Rumor Mill in Mar Vista/Culver City has free wireless internet, and it's next door to a Laundromat if you're multi-tasking. They also have a great goat cheese salad with cranberries and walnuts in a balsamic dressing.
                                          11739 Washington Blvd. @ McLaughlin Ave.