When JJ and I started Grouchy John’s Coffee there were only a few independent coffee shops in Vegas, now almost four years later there are many many more with still more coming. What is so great about being part of the coffee scene in Las Vegas, besides all the great coffee, is how the independent coffee shops support each other. I think this is because we each understand that the only way we can succeed and grow is to educate others about the great coffee we have in the Vegas Valley.
That being said here is a list of some of my favorite shops in town and a couple that I am excited to try once they open
C’mon now, what type of business person would I be if I didn’t say that my shop is hands down the best in town!!!! It is definitely my favorite.
Sunrise Coffee (3130 E. Sunset Rd) has always been my personal favorite coffee shop in town (besides Grouchy John’s of course). In my opinion they revived the coffee scene in Las Vegas. Back when I was a student at UNLV in the 90’s, Vegas had a few independent shops in town (Cafe Espresso Roma, Jitters, etc.) but those didn’t last the onslaught of Starbucks. Sunrise Coffee beat the odds when it opened at the height of the recession with a belief that Vegas was once again ready for an independent coffee shop that focused quality of the coffee being served. Thanks to them we now have a burgeoning coffee scene with no sign of slowing down. Try them out if you get a chance and you will not be disappointed.
Sambalatte came into Vegas with a definite European feel to it. With a wide varietal of beans from Colorado River Coffee Roasters and the several different brew methods to choose from it was not hard to see that they would be successful. They opened an impressive shop in Boca Park in Summerlin four years ago and have not looked back. They now have two other locations in town and have started roasting their own beans to serve in their store in front of the Monte Carlo.
The Perq Coffee is the newest shop in town and is located inside the new SLS Hotel and Casino. They are a collaboration with SLS and LAMILL coffee out of LA. With a nice layout inside the lobby at SLS and quality coffee beans from LAMILL, they have potential to be the rare find for quality coffee on the strip.
The Beat is the downtown hipster coffee house joint. I mainly like the vibe that they have going on there and anything that is downtown is suppose to automatically be good, right? Well we know that is not true but The Beat is the best option for coffee in the East Fremont area of town.
Some people call Serenade Coffee a Korean style coffee shop but make no mistake they serve a mean cup of coffee and as a bonus they are open till 2am! Sure it might be situated off the beaten path on the south side of the 215 on Rainbow, but when it is midnight and all the other shops are closed you can be sure they are packed with caffeine junkies.
The Bronze Cafe is so much more then a coffee shop. They are hands down the best Vegan cafe and bakery in town. With great coffee, food, and terrific owners this place is the only place for me downtown. Don’t believe me, check out their Yelp reviews
Holding it down in Southern Highlands is Perk Up Coffee. Quality coffee in a nice relaxing atmosphere. I don’t get to visit to often since it is in Southern Highlands but I do love stopping by when I get a chance.
I have not yet had a chance to try out Cafe Darak, but I have heard great things and I’m looking forward to visiting them soon.
I am truly excited for the opening of Makers & Finders Coffee. They are not open yet but they plan to offer several different brew methods and several different types of coffee for you to choose from. And if that wasn’t enough they plan to also have Latin comfort food such as brussels sprouts with chorizo and sofrito sliders. I mean c’mon, doesn’t that sound amazing!!!!! Please open already!