1839 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1521740.436161 -79.922759
Neighborhoods: Squirrel Hill South
tea and noize – not a bad place, unless you go when the neo-folk-hippie is working, than you have to deal with the same playlist of songs and smug attitude. but anyways, they tables are a nice color and the chairs are creaky, so there are some fine points to the atmosphere. they like to leave the fans on during the winter, which leaves me shivering, but the coffee is pretty good, and occasionally the people there are worth talking to or trying to understand. it seems to be a nice hub for faceless apple laptop grads. so, if you are (another) one, than, you will feel right at home there.
Great atmosphere, reasonable everything else – I love 61C! The coffee and food/drink are nothing special, but they're perfectly decent (not as good as Coffee Tree Roasters nearby, but better than most other local joints, certainly than Starbucks or Dunkin D's). But the atmosphere is great, whether for meeting a friend or working on your latest project - and unlike for some reviewers here, that counts for a lot with me. The music's esoteric and sometimes quite loud, so it may occasionally grate unless you have very wide-ranging/tolerant tastes, but it's also introduced me to several great bands I hadn't heard before. It's not the perfect café, but I (and many other regulars) love it.
to be avoided, period. – Frankly, it's turned into a hipster hell. the coffee is so-so at best, the tes is made with water straight from the espresso machine, leaving it lifeless and completely unenjoyable. the staff seem to enjoy some sort of rivalry with the other coffee shops in the area and even threw a few jabs at a tea house down the street. but hey, if you're a pretentious hipster who wants to "see and be seen" this is the place for you. the patio is a nice spot, but frankly, it's all they've got going for them. the bathrooms are rank and they've got a grand total of two outlets. the wireless often lags and the barista shave a habit of acting as if your order is interrupting their all important conversation. (oh, and don't even think of asking them to turn off the obnoxious noise they try to pass for music, you and your headache can p*ss off as far as they're concerned.) if you're in the area, try the coffee tree for a better brew or the te' cafe instead. better prepared coffee and teas, better service and better atmospheres.
oh my gawsh 06/19/2006
One of a kind – The 61c Cafe is one of those cafes that seem plain when you first enter. But soon you realize that it is truly an amazing place. From their first rate coffee to their baristas, the 61c is one of the best cafes around.
Nice tea selection – The 61c has a very nice, broad tea selection that's visible in canisters on the wall. Their free wireless makes them very popular with students. There are generally 4 plug seats near the front (that people with laptops generally all try to take. The pastries they have are good (although expensive). The 61c is a great place to hang out. You will want to ask them to put ice in the teapot before brewing the tea, or you will likely get burnt tea (which is a pity given how good some of their teas are).
Quite possibly one of the few places where the earthily hip mix serendipitously with the hip-replaced. – The Scene
Laptop city, man. You might feel out of place--until you see there are plenty of others who just have uh, regular notebooks (the paper kind). The coffee woman said, jokingly, "We like you better if you don't have a laptop." Don't be surprised if the help high-fives you here. It's a one-room joint and the people are either entrenched, in that proverbially "deep" conversation, wrapped up in their laptops, or reading with the passion of a Catholic priest on Palm Sunday. Cultures mix, worlds collide, bean juice gets poured.
This place has a complete soy menu--you can get cappuccino, lattes, hot chocolates, latte mochas, etc. and still stick to your Octo-lacto vegan ways. They also have 24 speciality and 17 regular kinds of teas.
Cozy and delicious! – The 61C cannot be topped for its cheerful and cozy atmosphere! Their hot drinks are delicious, especially the chai latte!
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