Courtesy of Fiddler's Dream Coffee House
We stumbled upon this one-of-a-kind coffee shop, on the grounds of the Phoenix Friends Meeting space at the southeast corner of 17th Street and Cactus Wren, on our way to a west-side concert. We were so taken with the cozy, SoCal-esque, post-hippie ambiance that we went back the following weekend to check it out more closely. Turns out that, in addition to good, strong, no-nonsense coffee, espresso, hot and cold teas, and pastries, this place also serves some of the best vibe in town, anywhere. That's because Fiddler's Dream is an all-volunteer organization that's been around for 23 years, and its staff is devoted to giving local performers a chance to strut their stuff on stage, free of charge. The cafe's Open Stage Night, each Thursday from 6:15 to 10 p.m., is about generosity but also results in some fun, down-home entertainment, too. The Dream offers a smoke-free, alcohol-free, all-acoustic environment that's unlike any other hangout around. Fiddler's Dream is our dream now, too!