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Suggestions for coffee & alcohol alternative meetup for first/blind date on the East side?

jellobelt Aug 22, 2011 10:04 PM

Let's say I've got this friend who can't drink coffee or alcohol anymore due to deleterious physical effects though he may be able to drink both again in the future. Let's also say that this friend is on the dating circuit and trying to avoid the awkwardness of inviting someone to meet him at a bar and only ordering a soda water with a lime wedge. Does anybody have suggestions for a coffee shop/bar alternative that has ambiance suitable for a first/blind date? Like a tea house or something. Or perhaps a recommendation on a classy non-alcoholic cocktail? On the East side, preferably, and not necessarily a place to get a meal in case it doesn't go well.

And thanks!

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  1. DrBruin RE: jellobelt Aug 23, 2011 01:30 AM

    How about the Alcove Cafe in Los Feliz?

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      madcao RE: jellobelt Aug 23, 2011 02:38 AM

      How about Pazzo Gelato? Besides their great gelato and sorbetto, they also have coffee and tea. Indoor and outdoor seating.


      Pazzo Gelateria
      3827 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

      1. westsidegal RE: jellobelt Aug 23, 2011 07:57 AM

        every nice hotel has a coffee shop or a coffee-shop-alternative-in-the-hotel-lobby that will serve a cup of tea.
        the lower-level hotels may close their coffee shops after breakfast, but the higher level hotels will serve continuously.

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          will47 RE: jellobelt Aug 23, 2011 08:31 AM

          許留山 (Benser Tasty) in San Gabriel? Desserts / fruit drinks, also serves snacks / food if you end up being hungry.

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            andytseng RE: jellobelt Aug 23, 2011 09:31 AM

            another thread going about the place atm... Fosselman's? got an interesting, old-school vibe.

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              jellobelt RE: jellobelt Aug 23, 2011 04:38 PM

              All great recommends. Thanks!

              1. ipsedixit RE: jellobelt Aug 23, 2011 08:31 PM

                Tenju Tea House

                Tenju Tea House
                5817 Rosemead Blvd, Temple City, CA 91780

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                  Jodie RE: jellobelt Aug 24, 2011 07:46 AM

                  The old fashioned soda fountain in South Pasadena on Fair Oaks and Mission. I don't know the name.

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                    ipsedixit RE: Jodie Aug 24, 2011 08:24 PM

                    Fair Oaks Pharmacy.

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                    carter RE: jellobelt Aug 24, 2011 08:06 AM

                    How about LA Mill on Silver Lake Blvd. where you could get an alcoholic beverage, a coffee drink or non-alcoholic beverages? They have some food, yet someone ordering a non-coffee or alcohol style beverage is not viewed as strange - it's the nature of doing business there.

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                      declan RE: jellobelt Aug 24, 2011 05:41 PM

                      Casbah Cafe just down the street from Intelligencia on corner of Sunset and Hyperion. Great mint tea, plus coffee and food/deserts. Pazzo Gelato is across the street too.

                      atmosphere is great to hang out and talk. Outside tables available too.

                      Casbah Cafe
                      3900 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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