Upon walking into Halcyon, I immediately noticed that it didn’t resemble previous coffeehouses that I’ve been to. The loud music, full bar and tobacco shop surprised me.
Halcyon, located at 218 W. 4th St., is a “coffeehouse by day, bar and lounge by night,” according to its website. This description sums up Halcyon in a nutshell.
Halcyon caters to a different crowd with its classy, chic atmosphere. Patrons in their late twenties and early thirties along with business professionals make up Halcyon’s target demographics. This coffee shop is also more of social gathering spot than a place to get work done, mainly due to the seating arrangements and loud music.
The menu features traditional coffee drinks found at other coffeehouses, with the exception of the espresso cocktail offerings. I ordered a comparably priced iced vanilla latte. The latte was much stronger than previous ones I’ve tried.
I also ordered Halcyon’s famous Tableside S’mores. This treat definitely brought me back to my childhood. The s’mores can feed two or four people. For two people and $6.00, you receive six marshmallows, a bar of Hershey’s milk chocolate and eight graham crackers. All of which are served on a platter that includes a mini grill used to roast the marshmallows.
Halcyon houses an upscale bar that serves drinks until 2:00 a.m. 4th Street Tobacco is nestled alongside the bar. The tobacco store includes a walk-in Humidor and sells a variety of high quality cigars, cigarettes and other tobacco-related products.
Halcyon provides an upscale change of scenery from other Austin-area coffee shops. It retains an Austin vibe, but the coffeehouse’s uniqueness sets it apart from competitors.