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Flipnotics is Out of This World

By Julie Bissinger

Flipnotics is built on a steep hill in the heart of South Austin. Photo by Julie Bissinger

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. Continue reading

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Kick Butt Coffee isn’t so Kick Butt

By Julie Bissinger

Kick Butt Coffee has two locations in the Austin-area, one at 4600 Guadalupe (pictured) and 5775 Airport Blvd. Photo by Julie Bissinger

I stumbled upon Kick Butt Coffee over the weekend before I met some friends for dinner at the Triangle.  I decided to come back, and check it out.  I figured the place must be called Kick Butt Coffee for a reason.

Once I walked inside, I was a bit surprised.  Martial arts equipment and Samurai swords adorned the walls.  The menu was typed in Asian-themed font.  I felt as though I was in a sushi restaurant that smelled of blueberries.  Ironically, Kick Butt does not serve any Asian dishes, unless the “Jackie Chan Cheddar and Ham Samich” counts. Continue reading

Apothecary isn’t Just a Cafe and Wine Bar

By Julie Bissinger

Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar, located in central Austin, offers a quiet environment for patrons to relax and enjoy good food and drinks. Photo by Julie Bissinger

Several of my friends recommended that I try out Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar. I’m glad that I listened.  Apothecary served up one of the best lattes I’ve had so far.  Their food was just as good, too.

Located in the Rosedale Village Shopping Center at 4800 Burnet Road, Apothecary is ideal for catching up on work or taking advantage of happy hour deals.  The environment does not resemble that of most other Austin-area coffee shops.  The cluttered, artsy interior that is characteristic of many Austin coffeehouses is replaced with spaciousness and a sophisticated aura.  Apothecary caters to people in their 30s and 40s with its soothing folk/jazz music and wine bar. Continue reading

Halcyon, Not Your Ordinary Coffeehouse

By Julie Bissinger

Halcyon is an upscale bar/coffeehouse hybrid located in the heart of downtown Austin. Photo by Julie Bissinger

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.   Continue reading

Caught in the Web at Spider House

By Julie Bissinger

Spider House, located at 2908 Fruth St., is a quirky cafe just north of the University of Texas campus that offers a wide range of food and drink items. Photo by Julie Bissinger

A trip to Spider House gives you a full dose of Austin culture.  Spider House embodies the slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” The old, rusted bed frames that form a fence around the outdoor patio immediately caught my eye. Continue reading