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jbmhill Nov 29, 2010 03:00 PM

So I've been living in Austin for the last few years and am looking for new hangout spots to try out. Generally looking for places to meet friends for coffee or drinks that are a little different. Something in the vain of Spider House, Thunderbird, Cafe Medici, or Mozart's. Any cool new places sprung up recently or relatively unknown? All suggestions are much appreciated.

  1. MyySharona Dec 1, 2010 06:17 PM

    Bennu on MLK is really great, but everyone there acts like it's a library and they glare at you for speaking. In a coffee shop. But they have 2 sizes of personal French Press and a specialized mocha menu. Don't sit on the porch by yourself late at night, I've gotten approached by more panhandlers than is normal, and one guy got really aggressive with me. Epoch isn't quite as study-intensive. Both are 24-hour, which I really appreciate.

    Rio Rita has good coffee, and I appreciate being able to get liquor and coffee in the same spot. Plus, I like playing drunken Scrabble and I like their seating inside.

    Green Muse is lovely and I'm fond of their coffee as well.

    Green Muse Cafe
    519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

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    1. re: MyySharona
      dinaofdoom Dec 1, 2010 06:28 PM

      haven't been to green muse in a while because i live up north now, but i used to really like it.

    2. NWLarry Nov 30, 2010 05:45 AM

      You know, there are a bunch of different threads on this, and I compiled all the recommendations into a list. I have been trying to visit every one. At this point for me it's Frank and Once Over.

      Houndstooth Coffee B+. Hand drip
      Frank A, Hand drip
      Once Over Coffee. B+ Espresso
      Mozart's D Latte, no fresh coffee
      Pacha D, Coffee in thermos thing-y
      Patika Coffee, B, Nice French Press
      Jos, Turbo/Coffee, B, Best people-watching in Austin

      La Boheite
      Jp's Java
      Dolce Vita
      Green Muse
      Flight Path
      Caffe Medici

      1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705

      Green Muse Cafe
      519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

      Caffe Medici
      2222 B Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

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      1. re: NWLarry
        heyzeus212 Nov 30, 2010 07:47 AM

        I'm a fan of Epoch on North Loop. Low-key eclectic atmosphere, friendly people, good beverages and pastries, and there's a good used clothes shop and record shop next door.

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