Last weekend I went on a date here and knowing his taste I was sure the place would be pretty cool. I showed up a little early to grab a coffee and had the pleasure of making the most pointless and playful small talk with the Asian 80's throwback of a barista. The other fellow sitting there threw me a few smiles while I rambled shamelessly and quietly decided that I would return again.
The coffee house shares a glass door with a trendy hair salon and it somehow seems appropriate; Leather couches, ratty barstools, coffee tables, lounging chairs all make for eye candy as writers (nakedly observing passer Byers), pretty young high school kids and college freshman flirt, talk and read classics. The evening ended with a large Goth crowd arriving right on cue, as a girl playing piano in the back room ended her set and with a reverent clapping and clicking of fingers made her way off the quaint stage.
I started going here a few years ago to find an adequate replacement for UnUrban Coffee House on Pico Blvd. and I haven't been disappointed yet. If you can appreciate a coffee house (as opposed to a coffee shop, like Starbucks or The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) with a liberal acclectic taste, than you'll enjoy dropping in on Tuesday nights for a few mellow rounds of open mike night for local poets. Personally, I go there to have a quiet, laid back place to read my book (no need to put on airs) and take a quick nap on one of the 10+ couches that look (but don't smell) like something you might find in your grandmother's den or a frat house - beat up, comfy and cozy. In the many times I've had the time to drop in, the crowd is an even mix of older beat-nick liberals, local professionals taking a break for a quick coffee, a few high school kids (but, the yell rebel yell type - no cause, just cute), poets observing the locals for writing foder, programmers delighted to find power outlets appropriate for the tables