Name: The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
Location: 650 North Ave. NE Atlanta, GA
Vibe: Relaxed, industrial and cool. I love that to get there, you mosey through a part of town that hardly looks like it would have a gem like this. And then bam, it hits you. You see the glass. You see the sign. And you’re sold. There were so many types of people there which I really enjoyed (#peoplewatching). People were also partaking in all sorts of different activities- from reading to having first dates, to working on computers or just sitting there, it felt refreshing to go to a place where there was no standard activity or person. As soon as you walked into the little glass box, time seems to have stopped and everyone had a mutual unspoken understanding of how lucky we are to just be. Enjoy your coffee. Enjoy the day. Enjoy your life.
Wifi: All day, erry day… for free!
Hours: Monday-Friday: 6:30AM-6PM, Saturday & Sunday: 7AM-6PM
Coffee & Food: First of all, I’m overcompensating with coffee pics because I was so ravenously hungry that I couldn’t wait two seconds to get a picture of the croissant or donut I had (#sorrynotsorry). So alas, here you go. But I can tell you, that it looked like any other croissant I’ve eaten in my life. And since we’re talking about it, I’ll just say that it was fine. Nothing special. Not seriously offensive nor entirely exciting. But I was hungry and it did its job. The donut on the other hand. Woah. So yummy. It had lots of sugar on the outside, was mini (always a plus- for looks of course since I always prefer a large serving #american) and was only a dollar. So I for sure recommend that donut. I’m craving it as we speak. As for the coffee, it was just eh. I drank about half of it but it was watery and not strong at all. I couldn’t really taste coffee or chocolate. I was confused. But went with it because I wanted caffeine. When I go back, I will take that five dollars and put it towards the mini donuts. Now we’re talkin’.
Music: If they were playing music, I didn’t notice. I’m sure they were playing some inside, but outside where all of the (good) seating was, I’m pretty sure the music was just the sound of people speaking and sipping, which was fine by me!
Pricing: Around $5 for the coffee, $3ish for the croissant and $1 for the donut. And surprisingly, if I had to rank my little delights from best to worst, the least expensive was the best and the most expensive was the worst (once again teaching us that money doesn’t always buy the best things in life, am I right, or am I right?)
Seating: I mean, without a doubt, the best seating I’ve ever seen at a coffee shop. I love that the actual bar is disconnected because it creates a really serene vibe within the glass cube. There’s tons of seating, so you’re bound to find some (even if it’s not your first choice.) I started in a rocking chair which I didn’t find to be comfortable. So I moved to a woven one which was much better. But once the swing opened up, I pounced on that and let me tell you, the swing is where it’s at. The seating is also spaced out well enough so that it feels collaborative and friendly without being cramped.
Overall: I love this place. I wouldn’t come back for the coffee, but I would for the environment- without a doubt. I could spend hours in the oasis that they’ve built. It really does seem like there’s no sense of time or urgency in that glass box, which is so refreshing. It’s oddly productive if you want it to be. But I also felt incredibly relaxed and just at peace. It doesn’t hurt that the donuts were so good that I would voluntarily take a pit stop there anytime. So until I figure out a drink to order, I will sip on water, find a good book and eat my coffee allowance in donuts. Sound good? Sounds great to me.
Insider Tip: The best seats in the house are without a doubt the swings (yes, you heard be right). You have to be a vulture and first take a seat near the swing and then swoop in literally as the people leave. But it’s a lesson in learning to get what you want and you get to swing while drinking coffee, what could be better?
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