Undercaffeinated musicians run the risk of falling behind the tempo and ruining their chances at becoming chopsticks virtuosos. Keep musical genius at its rightful pace with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of gourmet coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, and more at The Blue Frog Coffeehouse, in Cortland.
Quirky, enigmatic owner-and-adventurer Karina Murphy founded The Blue Frog Coffeehouse as a venue for similarly spirited sippers to take in live music, delectable bites, and obscene amounts of caffeine. Blue Frog's main event— coffee—entices java junkies with a wide selection of morning medicines, such as the finger-fluttering triple espresso ($2.50), the creamy white mocha ($2.95–$3.95), or the smooth, sleep-banishing breve ($3.25–$4). Classic coffee companions, such as steel-cut oatmeal ($4) and a bagel with cream cheese ($2.40) are the pillars of the breakfast menu, and creative concoctions, including the banola bagel with banana, honey, granola, and a choice of peanut butter or cream cheese ($3.50), exude an enticing, experimental allure. Late-risers and night owls can satisfy cravings with an assortment of savory, café-style sandwiches, such as the curried chicken-salad wrap ($5), or the warm, turkey-bacon-guacamole panini, which is topped with avocado, melted together with asiago cheese, and kept zestfully keen with a cilantro and onion bite ($6.25).
Weekly events, including open-mic and Scrabblefest on Thursdays, keep mocha-infused masterminds on their toes. And musicians, such as the robustly hardcore Unreal City and bluesmaster Israel Hagan, are scattered liberally throughout the event calendar, like so many tight pants in a rock-stars-only laundromat.