Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of wine, coffee, and bistro fare at Bean & Grape Cafe, located in Bell's Alley in Winter Haven.
Celebrating its third anniversary on May 9, Bean & Grape is a cozy coffee and wine bar featuring mellow jazz, blues, and rock music alongside a palate-pleasing iPad menu of assorted organic cheeses, meats, flatbreads, and a sweet-tooth-teasing chocolate mousse (prices range from $4 to $10). Sip specialty coffee drinks ($1–$4), imported beers ($3.50–$4.25 a bottle), or one of more than 300 internationally sourced wines, including Dr. Loosen riesling, Ghost Pines chardonnay, and Yalumba shiraz ($5–$17 per glass).
Cafe dwellers can sip away an afternoon or evening in Bean & Grape's comfortable seating area while soaking knowledge nectar into their brain sponges by reading a page from the café's book selection. This noshery features frequent wine tastings and offers free WiFi for perfecting your Googling skills.