Today’s coffee shop was not my first or even second choice for the day, but a place I stopped in randomly when I couldn’t find parking at either of the other places I had considered. It’s Banter Bistro, just off the downtown square.
My first impression was not positive. The building came off as dark, dank, and depressing, and I was glad that the weather’s enough to sit outside. They serve beer as well as coffee, and the place definitely feels much more like a bar than a coffee shop. It was nearly empty, but conversations carry in the room that is basically a big box. My mocha was stupidly expensive, the barista clearly uninterested, and the latte art was messy.
But I looked up the place on-line (after having to ask for the wifi password), and it turns out that it’s much more of a night-time venue, with food (with great reviews), live music, and a weekly open mic. The mocha I got is *very* tasty, and there is some cool local art on the walls. I’m very much enjoying the nice weather outside and have made a mental note to come back some evening to enjoy their food and music. I have a feeling that the venue would be perfect for an acoustic open mic or small combo jazz. Definitely a complete change of opinion, and I am very much enjoying my morning here.