Located on the corner of Bumby and Amelia, the Drunken Monkey is taking coffee shops back to their roots by giving a big "f you" to Starbucks.
It's rare that you find a successful coffee shop that isn't Starbucks, but Drunken Monkey has beaten the odds; but I can't say I didn't have my doubts.
I remember stopping by the first week they opened, and to be honest, I was not impressed. There were no "vegan and vegetarian snacks" like the sign promised, and the owner, well, he wasn't much to rave about either. I got my coffee (without a snack, obviously) and was on my way. They have a drive-thru, which I should have used, but I wanted to see what the inside had to offer. That was a mistake.
The coffee was decent, but still, the place left a sour taste in my mouth.
So a few months later I decided to try again. I went recently and my experience was MUCH better. For starters, they had food! I tried one of their vegan paninis which wasn't half bad. The only downside is the food is VERY expensive. I think I spent about $25 on two sandwiches and two drinks.
Also the service I received was much friendlier than the service I had a few months back. The girls who work there are super nice and are always willing to help choose the right drink for you. I also liked the fact that they had like, 4839274982 types of milk (soy, hemp, almond, etc.) while Starbucks only has two. TAKE THAT CORPORATE AMERICA!
Let's not forget the fact that they have game nights, open mic, poetry readings and everything a locally owned coffee shop should have.
Kudos to you Drunken Monkey. Kudos.