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15 Awesome Coffee Spots To Bring A Laptop And Work

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The modern day workspace looks a little different for many freelancers and others with non-traditional schedules and responsibilities. For many, the workplace is wherever their laptop is if, of course, that laptop is connected to the internet. A good spot also has power outlets, a comfortable and interesting environment, caffeine, and perhaps some great eats.

Here are fifteen coffee houses (listed in alphabetical order) that came highly recommended by readers and friends of Eater who work remotely. And each of them offered some insider tips for those seeking a place to camp for a few hours with their computer. If your favorite spot is missing, please leave it in the comments below.

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Aviano Coffee

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Dana Pluss Parks, a PR pro whose clients include Old Major and Sarto's, is a regular at this Cherry Creek spot. "I love the atmosphere, natural light, work seating and of course, the amazing Intelligentsia coffee. The community table in the back is good as that is where there is an outlet. Go with a loaded battery as there is only a couple outlets to recharge."

Bardo Coffee House

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Because it's close to his home, Kevin Galaba, a bartender and freelance writer/photographer has been going to Bardo for years. "There are three large, comfortable booths, often shared by people who don't know each other; they're all there for the same reason: to catch up on work-related tasks. My favorite is the back room, furnished with cozy couches and coffee tables, with plenty of outlets for laptops. Bardo has a great policy: If there's anything wrong with your coffee — too sweet, not hot enough, not enough flavor — the baristas will do whatever it takes to make it right; no questions asked."

Black Black Coffee

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"Either sit among hushed business meetings on the ground floor or head up to the balcony seating for a more secluded workstation" says Jess Hunter, third year law student and Eater contributor.

Boxcar @ The Source

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"As someone who often works alone at home, when I choose to come out for coffee and to work, I want that sense of connection and community, the feeling that I'm a part of something bigger than just me and my work," says Sara Brito, executive director of Chefs Collaborative. "Boxcar is creating a culture of people who care about their craft and each other and are open to taking the time to connect. Plus, they make one of the best cappuccinos, cortados and cold brews in the country. I truly believe that!."

Cafe Max

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Food editor Amanda Faison of 5280 Magazine is a regular at this East Colfax cafe. "My favorite table is a two-top, three in from the door. It's just the right spot to take in the cafe's comings and goings. I almost always order the Mediterranean plate with hummus, veggies and caperberries. It's light and fresh, and it leaves me room (err, an excuse) for either the unbelievably buttery shortbread cookies or a wedge of the cornbread, which is more like dense cake." She warms that power outlets are scarce: "Charge your computer beforehand."

Common Grounds

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Julie MacKissock, a writer and teacher, shared her experience at this Sunnyside spot: "I am gluten free and my friend Jessica Berry sells her muffins, breads and quiche there - so I can have a great cup of coffee and a little snack while I'm working. Also, there are a ton of outlets to plug in my computer."

Denver Bicycle Cafe

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Bradley Joseph, a marketing and PR professional, found the adjecent bike repair shop at this Uptown cafe quite helpful. "I've had repair work done on my bike while working at the café. The café is a great place to work; the environment is inviting and comfortable with the long picnic style benches including both indoor and outdoor areas."

Huckleberry Roasters

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"The coffee is great and I always run into people I know and like here," says Eater Denver editor Andra Zeppelin. "There are times when I sneak in with a pastry I pick up at the Sugarmill, unless it's Friday, when they bring in seasonal pies from the Long I Pie."

Metropolis Coffee

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“As a food writer, my needs are simple, a perfectly brewed cup of tea and a pleasant place to get my thoughts on the page. You’ll find me at Metropolis for both,” shared Kimberly Lord Stewart, Denver Life food editor and freelance food writer.

Olive & Finch

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Krista Roberts, executive director for Slow Food Denver, goes here for the food. "I like the focus on sustainable and organic, and they have great gluten-free and vegetarian choices. I especially like the freshly made juices. When I am on my own, I like to sit at the high counter facing the window - or outside on the patio if the weather is nice."

Purple Door Coffee

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Winemaker Ben Parsons, whose Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery is just a few blocks away, frequents this Five Points coffee house. "Good coffee, light and airy and in my neighborhood. It's on a very colorful street. And it's quiet."

Thump Coffee

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"I love that Thump offers the steampunk brewing method. Not only is it a great cup of coffee, but it's very cool to watch. I'm also a Thump fan because the staff is super friendly and it's a comfortable space to get work done," Lauren Hendrick shares. Lauren is a former Eater editor and current marketing and PR coordinator for Bonanno Concepts.

Union Station

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"The bright and airey atmosphere at Union Station is an inspiring place to work during the day," says Jill Latham, owner of Vibrant Earth Juices. "Whether you are working on your laptop at the long wooden shared work tables or taking a meeting in the plush couches, it's a perfect place to be part of the hustle and bustle of Denver. Grab a coffee at Pig Train or a drink at the Terminal Bar. The only down side is parking (meters or expensive garages) so sometimes we will uber there."

Rooster & Moon

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Allie Geppert, bartender and marketing maven for Star Bar and the BSide, is among the many who love this Golden Triangle spot. "It's such a great community of freelancers and nearby workers fostered by the friendly staff that Bode and Bird cultivate. COBG board does our weekly meeting there and they are nice enough to save a table for us. I love the matcha monster smoothie, berry avocado salad and the tomato basil bisque. There are plenty of outlets, free & easy-to-connect-to wifi. Plus, a full bar, cocktail list, and craft cans for a drink to reward yourself after working all day."

Weathervane Cafe

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"Walking into Weathervane is like going to my incredibly creative grandmother's home," explained Meredith Feniak, a local artist. "The walls are lined with quirky art and botanical prints, and the menu is framed by Strange Dirt's fantastically fun botanicals and foxes. Right now they are selling bandanas created by the same artist!" Feniak's work includes the latest mural at the Kitchen Next Door at Union Station.

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Aviano Coffee

Dana Pluss Parks, a PR pro whose clients include Old Major and Sarto's, is a regular at this Cherry Creek spot. "I love the atmosphere, natural light, work seating and of course, the amazing Intelligentsia coffee. The community table in the back is good as that is where there is an outlet. Go with a loaded battery as there is only a couple outlets to recharge."

Bardo Coffee House

Because it's close to his home, Kevin Galaba, a bartender and freelance writer/photographer has been going to Bardo for years. "There are three large, comfortable booths, often shared by people who don't know each other; they're all there for the same reason: to catch up on work-related tasks. My favorite is the back room, furnished with cozy couches and coffee tables, with plenty of outlets for laptops. Bardo has a great policy: If there's anything wrong with your coffee — too sweet, not hot enough, not enough flavor — the baristas will do whatever it takes to make it right; no questions asked."

Black Black Coffee

"Either sit among hushed business meetings on the ground floor or head up to the balcony seating for a more secluded workstation" says Jess Hunter, third year law student and Eater contributor.

Boxcar @ The Source

"As someone who often works alone at home, when I choose to come out for coffee and to work, I want that sense of connection and community, the feeling that I'm a part of something bigger than just me and my work," says Sara Brito, executive director of Chefs Collaborative. "Boxcar is creating a culture of people who care about their craft and each other and are open to taking the time to connect. Plus, they make one of the best cappuccinos, cortados and cold brews in the country. I truly believe that!."

Cafe Max

Food editor Amanda Faison of 5280 Magazine is a regular at this East Colfax cafe. "My favorite table is a two-top, three in from the door. It's just the right spot to take in the cafe's comings and goings. I almost always order the Mediterranean plate with hummus, veggies and caperberries. It's light and fresh, and it leaves me room (err, an excuse) for either the unbelievably buttery shortbread cookies or a wedge of the cornbread, which is more like dense cake." She warms that power outlets are scarce: "Charge your computer beforehand."

Common Grounds

Julie MacKissock, a writer and teacher, shared her experience at this Sunnyside spot: "I am gluten free and my friend Jessica Berry sells her muffins, breads and quiche there - so I can have a great cup of coffee and a little snack while I'm working. Also, there are a ton of outlets to plug in my computer."

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Bradley Joseph, a marketing and PR professional, found the adjecent bike repair shop at this Uptown cafe quite helpful. "I've had repair work done on my bike while working at the café. The café is a great place to work; the environment is inviting and comfortable with the long picnic style benches including both indoor and outdoor areas."

Huckleberry Roasters

"The coffee is great and I always run into people I know and like here," says Eater Denver editor Andra Zeppelin. "There are times when I sneak in with a pastry I pick up at the Sugarmill, unless it's Friday, when they bring in seasonal pies from the Long I Pie."

Metropolis Coffee

“As a food writer, my needs are simple, a perfectly brewed cup of tea and a pleasant place to get my thoughts on the page. You’ll find me at Metropolis for both,” shared Kimberly Lord Stewart, Denver Life food editor and freelance food writer.

Olive & Finch

Krista Roberts, executive director for Slow Food Denver, goes here for the food. "I like the focus on sustainable and organic, and they have great gluten-free and vegetarian choices. I especially like the freshly made juices. When I am on my own, I like to sit at the high counter facing the window - or outside on the patio if the weather is nice."

Purple Door Coffee

Winemaker Ben Parsons, whose Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery is just a few blocks away, frequents this Five Points coffee house. "Good coffee, light and airy and in my neighborhood. It's on a very colorful street. And it's quiet."

Thump Coffee

"I love that Thump offers the steampunk brewing method. Not only is it a great cup of coffee, but it's very cool to watch. I'm also a Thump fan because the staff is super friendly and it's a comfortable space to get work done," Lauren Hendrick shares. Lauren is a former Eater editor and current marketing and PR coordinator for Bonanno Concepts.

Union Station

"The bright and airey atmosphere at Union Station is an inspiring place to work during the day," says Jill Latham, owner of Vibrant Earth Juices. "Whether you are working on your laptop at the long wooden shared work tables or taking a meeting in the plush couches, it's a perfect place to be part of the hustle and bustle of Denver. Grab a coffee at Pig Train or a drink at the Terminal Bar. The only down side is parking (meters or expensive garages) so sometimes we will uber there."

Rooster & Moon

Allie Geppert, bartender and marketing maven for Star Bar and the BSide, is among the many who love this Golden Triangle spot. "It's such a great community of freelancers and nearby workers fostered by the friendly staff that Bode and Bird cultivate. COBG board does our weekly meeting there and they are nice enough to save a table for us. I love the matcha monster smoothie, berry avocado salad and the tomato basil bisque. There are plenty of outlets, free & easy-to-connect-to wifi. Plus, a full bar, cocktail list, and craft cans for a drink to reward yourself after working all day."

Weathervane Cafe

"Walking into Weathervane is like going to my incredibly creative grandmother's home," explained Meredith Feniak, a local artist. "The walls are lined with quirky art and botanical prints, and the menu is framed by Strange Dirt's fantastically fun botanicals and foxes. Right now they are selling bandanas created by the same artist!" Feniak's work includes the latest mural at the Kitchen Next Door at Union Station.

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