Lux Coffee

Want to feel like you’re in an episode of Phoenix’s version of Portlandia? Walk through Lux’s doors and weave your way through mismatched couches, antique chairs, picnic tables topped with typewriters and local art adorning the walls.

One part coffee shop and one part cocktail lounge, it serves unparalleled mac and cheese and always stays crowded. It’s not uncommon to see students studying quietly at the corner tables or friends curled up on the couches catching up over cappuccinos.

Against one wall, a soccer game splashes across a projection screen. On the opposite side, the bar houses beer, wine, spirits and fresh ingredients for craft cocktails. The mellow soundtrack — often provided by a DJ who sits in the corner — consists of ambient tracks that seem to oscillate between Ladysmith Black Mombazo and M83.

The staff is upbeat and friendly, although it sometimes seems like you might get snubbed if you’re not familiar with fair trade or fixed gears. Though it may be too hip for its own good, Lux is cozy and accommodating, which is likely what keeps people coming back.

Location: 4400 N Central Ave, Phoenix
Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 6 a.m. to midnight, and Friday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Website: www.luxcoffee.com

– Madison Rutherford, Phoenix.org