A trio of buzzy independent coffee shops is bringing top-quality java (and more) to Vegas.
No more wishful browsing on your Portland and Brooklyn friends’ Instagrams! Fancy foam and fancier brewing are now part of the fabric of Las Vegas.
Type the words “Las Vegas Strip” into the store locator on the Starbucks website, and a forest of green pins sprouts from the map. There are 36 total in the tourist corridor. I counted. But step off Las Vegas Boulevard and a new wave of independent coffee shops is springing up around town, offering caffeine with a side of creativity and character. At Tiabi Coffee & Waffle, with locations in Centennial Hills and on Maryland Parkway, thin, crispy waffles support sandwich fixings and lattes come in flavors like lavender white chocolate and honey cream with a dash of nutmeg. Henderson’s Bad Owl Coffee has generated international buzz since opening in February with nods to the Harry Potter franchise like a Butter Brew latte and Platform 9¾ sign, but it’s the coffee that keeps customers coming back: Japanese-style 16-hour cold brew for the purists and mint mojito lattes for more casual sippers. And true bean geeks are flocking to Coffee Hunter (702-586-5002), the Eastern Avenue cafe that opened in March. Along with coffee from revered third-wave roaster Stumptown, the shop serves an array of locally made snacks and Instagram-ready drinks like macchiatos in waffle shot glasses and salted cream cold brew. Co-owner Hunter Hawkins sees a revolution brewing in Vegas. “All of us are a community, and we’re here to push this. It’s a group effort,” she says. “People are expecting more from their coffee.”