From nervous first dates to government-toppling revolutions to nervous first dates that turned into government-toppling revolutions (see Bolshevik Revolution), a chance meeting at a café can change everything. Today's Groupon gives you an opportunity to alter your own course of history. For $10, you'll get $20 worth of small plates and specialty sips at Urban Beans. Located in Midtown, the sleek space serves locally roasted brews, organic teas, small plates, and sweet treats—all with a clear eco-conscience, thanks to the café's use of compostable products.
After sliding (or diving in slow-motion) through the copper-clad doors of Urban Beans' rehabbed 1950s warehouse, patrons are free to sit beneath the local artwork from regional artists and surf the free WiFi while sipping a house blend ($2 for 12 oz., $2.25 for 20 oz.), latte ($3 for 12 oz, 3.75 for 20 oz.), or hot tea ($2.60). You can also perch on the patio with your own bottle of wine ($6 corking fee) and order up a table full of small plates. The menu is packed with sociable, shareable snacks from goat cheese torte jazzed up with sun-dried tomatoes and toasted-walnut pesto ($8) to gooey spinach and artichoke dip with a blend of three cheeses ($8.50). Meat-mongers can savor the Urban Melt (crisp lavosh with house-made smoked linguica sausage and fontina cheese, grainy mustard, and cornichon pickles, $9), while hopelessly lost Moroccan sheepherders can calm their nerves over a little hummus and tabouli ($7.50).
Urban Beans also plays host to live music, Scrabble sessions, and live jazz on select nights. View a calendar of events here.
- Open mic nights are expected, and jazz nights are better saved for ill-lit bars. Even spoken word or poetry readings have become a staple at many coffee establishments. But Scrabble? That’s where Urban Beans comes in. This Midtown shop, trying to find a niche since opening last fall, has opted to shake up the traditional brand of coffee shop activities. Monday night is Scrabble night at Urban Beans. – Janessa Hilliard, Downtown Phoenix Journal
Once a week at Urban Beans, the sounds of a jazz band fill the room. As they listen, customers perch on mismatched chairs that give the space the kind of quirky charm that's usually attributed to a baby wearing a crossing-guard uniform. A look around the room yields visions of guests sipping coffee and munching on fresh pastries as they chatter or work, or ordering beer or wine to go with sandwiches and salads.
3508 N. 7th St.
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