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Bars And Coffee Shops That Speak Geek


We all want to find the bar where everyone knows your name. But when you can’t find that, just head for the place where everyone will recognize your Rebel Alliance necklace.

If a bar or coffee hang-out has anything geeky, I will go. Build a Stargate, we will come. Besides the fact that it is just cool, it’s also a giant welcoming mat for people that might feel out of place at hipster joints. Proprietors don’t just put in a TARDIS because it’s cool. Well, they probably don’t. Chances are they are a huge, passionate fan. You walk in knowing that you’ll have something to talk about, that there’s already a connection, that you have a place. That you might even get to geek out with someone about the exact scale of Slave I. It makes a big difference. Here are some places where you can get your geek on.

Waystation Bar – This steampunk-y bar recently opened in Brooklyn; it has a TARDIS. I’m sure you’ve seen it around the internet lately. It’s not just a faux front either. The TARDIS is the bathroom. For reals. I hope someone takes pictures of the inside soon and that the bar keeps running with a Doctor Who theme. Just think of the drink possibilities! Sonic Screwdriver, Gallifrey Sky, Dalek Exterminator… I wonder if I can mail away for a “Geek Mixologist” certificate.

Wormhole Coffee – Reviews state that this Chicago coffee shop lives up to its cool name and that they serve tasty coffee. No, they don’t have a Stargate. They have a DeLorean though, and I think that’s an okay substitute. You can also find movie posters, Ghostbusters gear, and some old Nintendo games. If I lived in Chicago, I might camp out here regularly. Please spill the beans (ha, get it? Beans!! As in coffee beans!) if you know of a place like this in Los Angeles.

Starbucks at Lucasfilm – This Starbucks is at the Presidio (specifically in George Lucas’s Letterman Center). The location can’t help but absorb the geekiness from Lucasfilm. There are Star Wars trinkets and also, just look at Ackbar. I would love to overhear some of the conversations that take place there!

Miracle of Science Bar & Grill – Periodic table menu. Enough said. This place in Cambridge could take the theme a little further though. It’d be extra awesome if they served beverages in beakers and shots in graduated cylinders.

Wayward Coffee – Just look at that list of nerdy drinks. That is enough to make me pick this shop above all the other coffee holes in Seattle. What can I say? Sometimes a girl just wants to order a Muad’Dib Latte. I can’t admit that I knew all the geeky references on this list (Kryten stumped me). How many do you know? It looks they are temporarily closed, but as their site says “Our hope is that we can resume providing the best coffee in the ‘Verse as soon as possible.” Yeah, admit it. You love them a little too.

Do you know somewhere fabulous that I left out? Leave the information in the comments, and I’ll keep adding to this list!

This article was reprinted from Geek With Curves, a blog written by our own Amy Ratcliffe.

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