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carollynne Feb 21, 2008 04:09 AM

Hi, I'm new to town and looking for a relaxed coffeehouse where I can hang out with my laptop and work. Free WiFi is a big plus. Any suggestions?

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    singlemalt Feb 21, 2008 05:13 AM

    What part of town. I know of a place on Anderson Ln east of Burnet Rd called Java Joe's or slt. It is an old house with a very casual atmosphere. There are several rooms and a deck out front. Might be the place for you.

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      yimay Feb 21, 2008 05:17 AM

      genuine joe

      i would suggest the same place

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        chowinginaustin Feb 21, 2008 06:21 AM

        Epoch on North Loop and Chesterfield...neat area. And Flight Path on Duval and 51st...they have a signature coffee drink that is awesome!

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          nacho Feb 21, 2008 06:42 AM

          I agree on all three...Flight Path was the quietest of the 3 (I've only been there once though...might have been a slow night...they do sell earplugs if you want it REALLY quiet). Epoch is fun, but pretty bustling. And Genuine Joe's is my favorite place to meet up with people.

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      carollynne Feb 21, 2008 06:56 AM

      Thanks for the tips. I'm on the West side (Bee Cave near 71) ... seems like NOTHING is out this way, it's odd. But if I have to drive to find my muse, I'll do it.

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        nacho Feb 21, 2008 07:00 AM

        Ha...that reminds me of another good spot at 519 W Oltorf...the Green Muse.

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          Lixer Mar 3, 2008 06:43 PM

          I wouldn't recommend this place for a writer to hang all day at. Unless they get a spot on the one couch or chair all of the inside seating is, personally, rather uncomfortable. The outside tends to be filled with cigarette smoke too.
          I enjoy Summermoon (awesome espresso drinks) or Dominican Joes for their plush, cozy seating but, they sometimes have live music which can be distracting.

      2. rollingplate Feb 21, 2008 07:46 AM

        Try the Thunderbird on Koenig between Burnett and Lamar. Usually not too noisy. Two pluses are the nice patio and very good sandwiches and coffee. Good lighting. Also, Hot Mama's on East 11th is nice and is relatively quiet. Also has good, inexpensive food.

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          rollingplate Feb 21, 2008 09:34 AM

          Sorry. make that East 6th.

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            bookgrrl72 Feb 21, 2008 07:20 PM

            This reminds me that I saw an Horchata Latte advertised at Thunderbird the other day (saw it on their marquee). Anyone had it? I, too, am always looking for a coffeeshop in which to decamp to write my dissertation, and if the Horchata Latte is any good, I might have a new haunt!

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              rudeboy Feb 21, 2008 08:33 PM

              I live around the corner fom Thuderbird. It seems like a space where people can stretch out (warning, you have to have an Apple Computer). It is a nice bright space.

              One thing I've noticed - the servers at night are sometimes, well, kinda jerky, especially if you order beer. The coffee there is somewhat lacking in flavor, and they use Ghiradelli for their mochas. I've noticed that I haven't been going back much......

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                bookgrrl72 Feb 23, 2008 06:38 PM

                You know, I've noticed that the coffee at Clementine (owned by the same folks as Thunderbird) is kind of lame, so I'm not too surprised to hear this criticism of T'bird.

                I like SpiderHouse for the days I'm going to need to work through lunch. I feel less guilty for camping out if I have coffee and some vegan carrot cake for breakfast and a bagel with hummus and a Topo Chico for lunch.

                Epoch is good, especially during the daytime. It gets too crowded at night, though. Flightpath is very, very quiet, discomfitingly so. You can get a $5 Green Cart sandwich or wrap at either one of those, but I'm always disappointed in the quality.

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            elenoise Feb 21, 2008 08:00 PM

            I am a spiderhouse regular myself. i also really like little city and bouldin creek. none of them near where you are... but definitely my favorites.

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              Sofa King Feb 23, 2008 02:09 PM

              Spiderhouse is my favorite coffee house for the broke ass musician/writer/hey i need attention freak show.

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              wrenfern Feb 23, 2008 08:12 PM

              I recommend Caffé Medici. They french press all their coffee and their espresso is heaven. The owner just got back from the farm in South America where they grow their coffee (or espresso, I forget which.) They have wifi, teas, Goodflow juice and pastries. otherwise, they're right by Galaxy Cafe and Zocalo if you need a snack/meal.

              The atmosphere is less college-ey than Spiderhouse which I like a lot. It's not super-quiet, like some of the coffee shops nearer to campus that feel like a library. It's congenial, friendly, relaxed. The staff never seem like they don't want to be there or like you're bothering them, which really bothers me if it happens even once somewhere.

              Oh and it's at 12th and West Lynn, so it's pretty close to you.

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                michaelch Mar 2, 2008 11:40 AM

                I also like Caffe Medici, because I think they serve great coffee. I disagree, though, about it feeling like a library, because I think it sometimes feels exactly like that. I've also had one person there throw me some attitude when I asked a question about their to go sizes. Still, the owner is nice and the coffee is great, and I usually get it to go, so I still like the place a lot.

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                kegsandkitchen Feb 25, 2008 06:45 AM

                I would have to agree with the suggestions for Spiderhouse. I also love Flipnotics on Barton Springs Rd.

                1. Passadumkeg Feb 25, 2008 08:12 AM

                  Pacha's on Burnet. Small, funky w/ nice ambiance and food. Free Trade Coffees and crafts.

                  1. tim irvine Mar 1, 2008 08:47 PM

                    Little City on Congress...don't go for brekky. Go for coffee. Stick around for lunch, though. Sandwiches are excellent. Nice staff and tables out front when you need to get away from the computer screen and breathe diesel.

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                      gabliana Mar 2, 2008 09:30 AM

                      Summermoon on S. 1st. Comfy setting and quiet.

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                        scoutaustin Mar 3, 2008 12:31 PM

                        Last time i went to Pacha, there was no wireless connection. Which I decided was a good thing. There weren't a million people on laptops. I hate that. The last, and only, time i went to Medici, it was overrun with people on laptops.... working.......talking.......having meetings..........I could not concentrate on my writing at all.
                        I go to BookPeople a lot. Nice people. Customers are very quiet. I can actually get work done there.

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