If you leave Gold Bar Espresso thirsty, then you've got some explaining to do. The family-owned and operated coffee shop has been quenching parched mouths in Tempe since the mid-nineties. Located in the Basha's shopping center on the northeast corner of Southern and McClintock, they offer a wide selection of beverages: the obvious coffee and espresso drinks, as well as Italian sodas, teas, smoothies and hot cocoas. Pop in on a weekend night and enjoy live jazz or grab a few friends for one of their popular game nights. If it's just coffee and Wi-Fi that you require, they've got you covered on that front, as well.
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