Weary, groggy urban residents rejoice – Channelside now includes a (non-chain!) caffeine outpost. It has opened at the base (on-street!) of Victory Lofts on 12th Street! And, to my delight, it is quite smartly designed, decorated, and arranged – with a limited but essentially complete coffee and tea menu. They even do individual pour-overs for the snobs in the room! I would have loved to see a bigger food menu, with a more imaginative range (nuts, fresh fruit). I know, they’ve only ‘soft opened.’ No matter; the coffee is sourced locally…so it is low acidity, which makes it like drinking good chocolate. And, praise, encrypted wifi…which makes communal use less worrisome.
All in all, a much welcomed and anticipated addition to this densely-packed, walkable 11 square block neighborhood. Stick a low-key lounge-bar, cute taco bar, and bike shop (or similar commerce) and you’ll have a sweet little center to this no-brainer spot in the center of yuppie D.I.N.K. Tampa!
Victory is open daily from 7-6 (8-6 Sat/Sun), with *hopefully* expanded hours for the night walkers soon! Check them out on Facebook.