Without coffee, society would literally crumble under the weight of unsound buildings designed by narcoleptic architects, or narchitects. Set the cornerstone of your day with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $16 for a punch card for 10 12-ounce espresso drinks or chai lattes (up to a $31.90 value)
- $27 for a punch card for 10 12-ounce espresso drinks or chai lattes and 10 pastries (up to a $54.90 value)
Baristas blend organic milk and two shots of hand-pulled espresso or their own blend of housemade chai into each 12-ounce beverage (up to a $3.20 value each). They can pair each drink with pastries such as five-spice cinnamon buns, sweet or savory scones, ham and cheese croissants, and buttermilk-blueberry or apricot-almond muffins (a $2.30 value each).
The Curious Grape and The Energy Club
The baristas at The Curious Grape Café know their way around a beverage. The Curious Grape, after all, began as a wine shop—one so focused on acquainting customers with new flavors it was always quick to offer a sample. The owners' passion for complex aromas and painstaking quality control carries over into the café, where experts taste and tweak roasts throughout the nation before choosing the handful of blends and specialty espresso drinks they serve. And that passion for refined flavor finds its way into the restaurant side of the business too, where executive chef Delian DiPietro serves dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Because they follow the seasonal availability of produce and seafood, all the entrees, from the orecchiette pasta to the beef tenderloin, find a mate with any equally seasonal varietal from the rotating wine menu.
Those looking to spend a romantic evening at The Curious Grape can drop their kids off next-door at The Energy Club, where caregivers entertain them in the on-site child-minding studio. The childcare is just a perk though, as the Energy Club is primarily a gym for locals to partake in personal training or group-fitness classes. There are more than 70 class types, including yoga and even Shrilington CrossFit, and the impressive training staff includes a former Marine who developed conditioning programs for the Secret Service and the FBI, hoping one-day to pit them against each other in the ultimate showdown. After any workout, members can freshen up in executive-style locker rooms and attend regular events such as happy hours and wine tastings at the Curious Grape.
The Curious Grape
The Curious Grape began as a wine shop—one so focused on acquainting customers with new flavors it was always quick to offer a sample. The owners' passion for complex aromas and painstaking quality control carries over into the restaurant, where executive chef Delian DiPietro serves dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Because of seasonal availability of produce and seafood, all of the entrees—such as the duck, the cobia, the gnocchi with braised lamb, and the wagyu beef—find perfect mates with equally seasonal varietals from the rotating wine list. The Curious Grape's food and beverage menus have attracted plenty of accolades, among them a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Shirlington's only RAMMY Award nominated restaurant for 2014.