BEST 24-HOUR COFFEE SHOP (2005)

Counter Culture Café

Monique and Andres Yuhnke opened Counter Culture Café with hopes of becoming the late-night hangout spot, and we have to say they seem to have pulled it off. At the very least, the hip coffee shop that moonlights as a perennial First Friday haunt and a popular dance club oasis has definitely put Denny's and IHOP on the alert. During the week, the cafe is a cozy spot to grab a pick-me-up while surfing on the free wi-fi service. Caffeine-starved patrons can enjoy a range of high-octane beverages on comfy couches, a large outdoor patio, or via a 24/7 drive-through window. Wednesday nights a crowd gathers for the "anything goes" Speak Up! spoken-word series. And on Saturdays until 5 a.m., a rotating cast of house DJs, including Sonique des Fleurs and Joe Bear, transforms the cafe into an after-hours disco paradise. Dance on over.

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