El Charro is more than a coffee shop experience. Husband-and-wife owners Francisco and Azul Peralta, former workers in STEM fields, have drawn from their world travels and aimed for more of a salon vibe. They hit that target. Sit at the bar, and unbidden, Francisco may pour you high-end mezcals, just so you can taste. This friendly duo source coffee blends from Mexico and mix some fascinating brews with them, including horchata-coffee hybrids and lattes fortified with marigold liqueur from Guadalajara. There is food (though there's no kitchen). There are folks hanging out, typing, reading, or talking under a mural of Frida Kahlo painted by the couple's daughter, Geraldine. There are group painting sessions, open mics, and musical artists. This could easily be your office. This could easily be your playground.
- Price: $$
- Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 1-11 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
- Alcohol: Full bar
- Parking: Lot available, On-street