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

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