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Late night places to study in Santa Monica, SFV, or Los Feliz/Silverlake area?

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Preferably with comfy couches, well-lit (see opposite of lighting in Bourgious Pig), not too trendy or crowded ( see opposite of places like Literati Cafe),and good stuff to nosh on.

I know I sound picky but I get easily distracted! Too many people act as eye candy and my artistic side wants to write little poems about them while my I-need-to-graduate-college side says I need to focus on Chem.

thanks for your help!

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  1. The 24-hour Pacific Dining Car in Santa Monica. It's a relatively new place -- didn't really get going until years after it hosted The Last Supper -- and though it sometimes attracts a late-night crowd of fourth-rate industry types and their third-rate trophy girlfriends, mostly it's very quiet and -- well, quiet is the word. Much more so than the original in LA, which can explode with monotony without warning, apology, or regret. Food varies from awful to awfully good and delicious, but it is always expensive.

    1. I think the Pacific Dining Car in Santa Monica is at least 20 years old, and I can't imagine that the proprietors of an expensive, old school steakhouse would welcome someone camping out with their chemistry textbook. I think the poster is looking for a coffeehouse.

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        LOL ... I agree ...

        If you did study there regularly, your "snacks" would end up costing more than tuition by the end of the term.

        This is actually a hard question ... at least as far as the Santa Monica part goes.

        There have been threads on it here before (not saying there doesn't need to be another.)

        I wonder if Swingers fits the bill? It's more of a diner/coffee shop, but they are pretty friendly in there. I bet they would keep the coffee coming for someone who was studying.

        I've been freelancing again (after being a freelance journalist for more than a decade -- now I just do it for extra income) and have written a few articles in the Tanner's in Culver City. Good place to work and drink coffee -- I know because I've been able to get a lot done there. But it's outside the OPs geographic boundaries.

        Obviously, there are a lot of Starbucks and Coffee Beans in Santa Monica. I see people studying in the Ocean Park Coffee Bean all the time as a matter of fact, but I don't know if they are open late.

        Late night study places are so weak in Santa Monica, I've seen people trying it in Izzy's. Which is really getting desperate from a food standpoint IMO.

        This is a good question ... I'd like to know the answer, too.

        1. re: PaulF

          I actually have not found the Swingers staff to be study-friendly...or friendly to single diners.

          1. re: running pig

            I stand corrected on the studying part.

            But I've eaten there many times alone and never had anything less than good service.

      2. in silverlake, the Coffee Table on Rowena is the best place I've found to study/work. great coffee, pretty decent food, decent lighting at night, and not too loud. not sure how late they're open, though. and, word is they're closing soon.

        1. Yes, they're closing sometime in March.

          1. my study haunts of choice near los feliz/silver lake are sabor y cultura in east hollywood-ish and kaldi coffee & tea in atwater village.

            sabor y cultura is open until 11 pm on weekdays, i think. good mexican mochas, and their sandwiches are OK. they have free wifi from 3 to 11 pm. just watch out for their open mic nights...makes it hard to study! sorry, no couches there though!

            my other favorite place to study--kaldi--has a few comfy arm chairs and free wifi. i'm not sure what time they're open until. it's smaller and a little dark in there at night compared to sabor y cultura, and they don't have much food aside from snacks, bagels and pastries. but i like the atmosphere and coffee!

            good luck with the studying!

            Sabor Y Cultura
            5625 Hollywood Blvd
            Los Angeles, CA 90028
            saborycultura.com
            (323) 466 0481

            Kaldi Coffee & Tea
            3147 Glendale Blvd
            Los Angeles, CA 90039
            (323) 660-6005

            1. Not Santa Monica, but Jerry's Deli in Westwood is where a lot of UCLA students study all night. It has an upstairs with couches and big chairs, and I believe it's open 24 hrs. They are really quite welcoming to students studying there, and it's a nice change from the library (yogurt out of a vending maching, or a corned beef rueben with a side of slaw, hmmm).

              1. i used to head out to coogie's in santa monica to study late into the night during my college days. its your typical diner/greasy spoon establishment.

                1. What about the balcony area of Psychadelic (or Psychobabble-I can never remember) Cafe? Relatively quiet, lots of studiers, and actual food. Not too bad!

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                  1. re: running pig

                    Psychobabble - on Vermont in Los Feliz. You could also try Astro Family Restaurant in Silverlake (Glendale & Fletcher) for typical diner food, bright lights and booths- I believe they're open 24 hours.

                  2. I also really like Novel Cafe in Westwood.

                    1. A bit east of Los Feliz/Silver Lake is the Downbeat Cafe in Echo Park. A few comfy sofas and nice big tables for studying. Food is not amazing, but you can get a solid sandwich/salad combo. Not sure how late, but at least 11 pm.

                      1. Hi,

                        I know these might not fit all of your criteria, but maybe some will...

                        Firstly, Swingers on Beverly is better than the one in Santa Monica, in my opinion. They're usually not very crowded at all on weeknights. Lighting is so-so inside and actually better outside which might work for the warmer months coming up. Also you won't have to listen to the horrible jukebox music.

                        The House of Pies is like a retirement home in terms of food but open late. On Vermont and Franklin. Then across the street is Fred 62, which is open 24 hours and has nice little curtained coves in the front of the store so you can have complete privacy. They have good tea and serve booze til 2 if that's your thing. I know it's not gourmet dining, but there are plenty of things I enjoy eating there after hours (some good salads, waffles, fries, veggies). The waitresses are pretty cool and good about leaving you alone if you're studying, in my experience.

                        A very well-lit non-busy place open 'til I think 4 or 5 AM is Astro Burger on Fountain and Gardner in WeHo. It's just a diner but they do have good burgers and fries (or veggie burgers, tacos, etc.) and they're super nice, quick, and hello flourescent lighting. Busy on weekends, but really quite quiet Monday-Thursday. I go here probably 3 nights a week to sit with friends and chat into the wee hours. I sit outdoors but there are big red booths.

                        Jerry's Deli in Westwood or the valley (on Ventura near the 405) are good solely for privacy in a big booth. I believe they're all open 24 hours.

                        I also should mention any Norm's or Denny's just for studying, but I don't think I could concentrate with the smell of utter and complete cr*p for food floating from the kitchen. But it's always an option.

                        I used to study at night at the Borders on Westwood between Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd. There are always like a million UCLA students there but they do have outlets everywhere and wi-fi and a fairly good coffee and pastry selection.

                        I might've missed the boat completely on this post, but just trying to help. Good luck!

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                        Fred 62
                        1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                        House of Pies
                        1869 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                        Jerry's Deli
                        27533 Puerta Real, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

                        1. 212 Pier is 24 hours now.

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                          212 Pier Cafe
                          212 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405