Java Jumping in the Vegas Valley
Cozy Neighborhood Coffee Spots
In Vegas, we don’t snub our noses at major corporate venues because – well, how could we? They’re everywhere. But when it comes to where we cozy up for a cuppa, that’s where we get a little hot under the collar. Mom-and-Pops can hang out their shingles anywhere in the Vegas Valley and expect to get a big dose of dear devotion. Here are some local favorite coffee spots when you feel like java jumping in the valley.
Mothership Coffee, Henderson
There’s one thing you can count on at Mothership Coffee in Henderson: you won’t get flustered with a whole lot of options and confusing java jargon. The baristas here are all about the coffee culture and the craft of roasting and brewing it just right. They’re encouraged to experiment, and you’re more than welcome to get a lesson in the science of brew wizardry. For example, how about nitro coffee made with hops?
Tip: If you’re in the East Valley, check out Mothership’s sister location, Sunrise Coffee. It’s the oldest independent java shop in Vegas and a social hub of the neighborhood.
The Beat, Downtown
Espresso and vinyl records, anyone? Count me in. This might just be the hippest coffee shop in Vegas, and it’s easy to reach in the heart of Fremont East. It goes without saying that the coffee is stellar, but even if you aren’t a java junkie, go for the live music, poetry nights and standup comedy. You’ll even get surprised with indie film screenings from time to time. Hold off until 7 pm for the ultimate “Wake Up Call” with espresso shots and dark rum.
Union Pacific Railroad Trail
Give a nod to heritage and history when hiking the Union Pacific Railroad Trail, which starts just 15 minutes from the Vegas Strip. The old rail tracks are still there, but the trail now winds through the lush Acacia Park in Henderson. There’s plenty to keep you entertained along this trail as it winds past streets, neighborhoods and even casinos. But the Acacia Demonstration Gardens also line the path and feature native flowers, cactus and trees with spectacular views of Black Mountain.
Makers and Finders, Downtown
Makers and Finders is a bit sleeker than a typical “neighborhood” coffee shop, but don’t let that fool you. It’s local-Vegas to the core and a major influencer in the Arts District downtown. The standout features of this Latin coffee bar are the craft coffee concoctions and South/Central American culinary creations. If you’re stopping in just for the coffee, get ready to make some choices; there are seven different brewing methods, five types of single-origin beans, and various handmade syrups. They serve breakfast until 4 pm every day, so you can sleep in without missing out on the Latin hash skillet with pulled short ribs or the chicken tinga omelette. They also have a new location in downtown Summerlin.
Grouchy John’s, East Valley
What started in 2011 as two guys, Grouchy John and JJ, peddling coffee out of a little yellow trailer has morphed into one of the go-to coffee spots in the East Valley. If you’re a fan of Bulletproof Coffee, give your brain a jolt with the Grouchy version that’s made with MCT oil and grass-fed butter. Speaking of fans, it’ll take you about two seconds to figure out who Grouchy John fans up to (hint: you can order a Yoda smoothie and a Chewbacca butter cookie with dark chocolate sauce.) The signature drink here is the Grouchy John Latte with white chocolate, amaretto, espresso and steamed milk. Even though Grouchy John’s closes at 9 pm, they have a drive-thru that’s open 24 hours a day.
Even with the constant city buzz, you can enjoy relaxing at home in one of our Las Vegas apartment communities. Pick up a to-go latte and join us for a guided tour today!