With school back in session, it’s likely that procrastination is near. If you’re like me, having a good place to sit down and focus is essential to completing everything that needs to get done. The university library is always a good start, but too long under the fluorescent lighting can lead to feeling like a prisoner. So, let’s talk coffee shops, and let’s keep it local (because you’re a true Austinite, or at least that’s what you’re telling people).
Dominican Joe, located on the corner of Congress and Riverside, is an ideal place for a lazy afternoon. They’ve got a couple of comfy couches set up right by their big front windows. It’s an ideal spot to bask in some natural light while working on your thesis or studying for the paper your professor unapologetically assigned the first day of class. Not only is this place inviting; it is also devoted to improving the economy and the education system in the Dominican Republic. So every time you sip on that Frojoe Latte, you’re giving a little back.
Along with the previously mentioned Epoch, Strange Brew is one of my favorite 24-hour coffee shops. Located just a few minutes south of 290, Strange Brew is out of the way enough to not get too crowded, yet still close enough to not be too far out of the way. As a music venue-art gallery-coffee shop, it’s a good place to go to get the creative juices flowing. I like Strange Brew for the nights when procrastination is no longer an option and the need for caffeine is all too real. Live music is played on one side, and though it may be a little intimidating for those looking to study, once settled into the study area, it quickly fades into background noise. Strange Brew is a hip place with an incredibly kind staff. The fact that their espressos need nothing added is just the cherry on top.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Located right off of Lake Austin, Mozart’s is great for good weather days. Their Fido friendly patio is spacious, making it suitable for large, chatty parties, and focused individuals alike. With their in-house fire roasted coffee beans, their coffee certainly has a unique flavor. The inside of the cafe has a sort of “european atmosphere.” If you live south, it’s a bit of a drive, but totally worth it with a sense of getting away, even if only for a couple of hours. Don’t forget to check them out Thursday to Sunday to catch some live music!
Opa! Coffee and Wine Bar
Opa! on South Lamar, is for the study date-turned happy hour; when the celebratory glass of wine is just a few crossed t’s and dotted i’s away. Opa! serves Mediterranean snacks such as gyros and pita & hummus plates. The inside is cozy with couches and vintage décor, and they also have an adorable front patio and garden area where you and your four-legged friend can sit and enjoy happy hour from 3pm to 7pm Monday through Friday, all day on Sunday, and reverse happy hour on Saturdays from 7pm to 9pm. Parking can be tricky, but there is also available parking for Opa! customers in the CVS lot across the street.
So, dear college student, put on your oversized non prescription Ray bans, pack up your 17 inch MacBook Pro, and ride your bike to the local coffee shop from where you can give your work your undivided attention (or binge watch OITNB… nobody’s judging).