During my quest to find coffee shops around Austin, I came across Flipnotics on a Google search. The website is space-alien themed, so I figured this coffee shop must be a cool place to hang out or to catch up on work. I could not have been more correct.
Flipnotics, located at 1601 Barton Springs Rd., lives up to its eccentric qualities displayed on its website. The coffee shop is perched up on a steep hill and is surrounded by trees. The large outdoor seating deck features odd decorations like an old television set converted into a fish tank. Flipnotics also holds live music concerts on its patio throughout the week.
Indoor seating is limited, but to truly enjoy Flipnotics, I think you need to sit outside. Unless it’s unbearably hot.
Flipnotics serves local brews made from fair-traded organic coffee. Lots of drinks with espresso shots are available. The coffee shop also offers milkshakes, which I haven’t seen at other coffeehouses.
I ordered a fresh fruit smoothie made with apple juice, strawberries and bananas. Flipnotics also has extensive tea, beer and wine offerings.
During my visit to the coffee shop, I didn’t see many food items. There were a few sandwiches and pastries in the food case but not many. I think this was due to the time of day that I went over to Flipnotics. I went at 1:30p.m. The coffeehouse usually has food options from local bakeries like Russell’s Bakery, The Green Cart and Torchy’s Tacos.
Overall, I think Flipnotics is the perfect spot to hang out, especially when live music is playing. You also don’t feel like you’re in Austin when sitting outside on the patio. The large trees, festive lights and seating arrangements contribute to an almost tropical atmosphere.