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Dark Matter Coffee (Star Lounge Coffee Bar)

Dark Matter Coffee (Star Lounge Coffee Bar)

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Lounge$$$$
West Town, Chicago
88 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • dolor de oro
  • casual
  • authentic
  • outdoor seating
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  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaMarch 17, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a mochas in the winter, and they sell do-rite donuts here too! In the summer, go for a cool delicious chocolate city. The amount of caffeine in these drinks will make you want to fight.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduJune 2, 2015
    I opted for a pot of Assam black tea. Delicious and clean. The ginger snap latte is where it's at though. Not too sweet, just like a ginger snap cookie :)
  • It's A Major Plus
    It's A Major PlusFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Fantastic coffee concoctions, Dolor de Oro if you feel brave, Gingersnap Trainwreck for attitude. There's a plethora of choices if you're hungry, from Do-Rite donuts to gourmet-ish deli sandwiches.
  • Diana R.
    Diana ReyesFebruary 2, 2013
    The Mayan Mocha was delicious. I'm not a fan of mixing flavors (sweet & spicy don't go together in my book) but I'm really glad I tried it. Seating is tight, so hopefully you really like other people.
  • Elijah O.
    Elijah OlsonOctober 5
    Coffee and Espresso is seriously good and totally affordable. There's plenty of room inside and it's open late. I've had trouble with the wifi, but if you aren't dependent upon it, this place is great
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 20, 2012
    "Sidle up to the 'bar' for a taste of Dark Matter coffee, which is roasted in eight-pound batches above the café in unusual flavor profiles that have caught the attention of area restaurants." Read more
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 21
    Iced coffee is always good. The bagels and donuts are pretty awesome. The croissants are meh and abnormally large.... No one needs to eat that much croissant.
  • Shari
    ShariApril 10, 2014
    Skip the Chai Tea Latte! Get the Agave Latte and sit at the bar for conversation, upstairs to get work done, or on the patio to enjoy the day :)
  • Carrie g.
    Carrie goughAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely the best coffee and coffee bar in town! I always have so much fun when I stop in. :) the staff always has fantastic recommendations!
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 2
    This hipster hangout lures in the bike-toting, flannel-wearing sort with sustainably sourced coffee roasted around the corner. Read more
  • Mary F.
    Mary FarrellyMay 18, 2015
    I love their selections of coffees. Compared to other shops that offer too much, theirs are just right. I guess I'm trying each one in the future.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDSeptember 18, 2015
    Solid pour over coffee, nice patio space, and good place to work from
  • Carmen G.
    Love this place. Not pretentious. Strong coffee and they serve Do Rite donuts and have these supper yummy ham and cheese croissants
  • Chris V.
    Chris VanisonNovember 16, 2014
    Upstairs is super quiet and it's a good place to get some work done with your coffee. Downstairs is pretty loud, but they play good tunes.
  • Jace C.
    Jace ColeJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask one of the baristas to make you a pour over. Great way to get intimate with the Dark Matter delicious blends and single origin coffees.
  • John S.
    John S.April 19, 2013
    I like to toss a spot of honey in my traditional macchiato for dessert. With a black coffee from Ecuador, of course.
  • Chandler C.
    Chandler CollinsAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee dive. Love the space, and the iced coffee is money. Wifi is spotty at best, so if you're looking to get work done go elsewhere.
  • My Social One
    My Social OneSeptember 29, 2011
    All organic,straight from the farmer coffee, hand roasted by a small crew of people who take the love of coffee brewing to a whole new level
  • Laura L.
    Laura LastnameAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    More seating upstairs (and it is quieter up there too)
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The mothership's coffee bar. Great patio to sit outside. Best coffee in Chicago.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LechockiNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    best espresso around & personal,fabulous service! awesome, eclectic music always.
  • Noah M.
    Noah ManionAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Iced coffee and donuts from donut vault make this my favorite place to get work done.
  • Prentiss B.
    Prentiss BoriMarch 24, 2013
    Yep, every cup of coffee is Professionally dripped or pressed!
  • Guillaume B.
    Guillaume BeaulieuNovember 5, 2014
    Excellent lattes abd fresh pastries
  • Lorenzo S.
    Lorenzo SoriceNovember 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Agave Latte is amazing, but the Mayan Mocha leaves a kick.
  • Jace C.
    Jace ColeJune 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Chiapas is a solid choice! I also love the wild blends these guys whip up!
  • merrick b.
    merrick brownSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the honey habanero espresso is among the tastiest beverages I've ever had.
  • Kellen T.
    Kellen TerrettAugust 8, 2014
    I'm my humble opinion, Dark Matter is roasting the best coffee in Chicago.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleSeptember 18, 2014
    Try the cold brewed coffee on tap. It's the only setup of its kind that I've seen in Chicago.
  • D J.
    D JJuly 31
    Love the coffee choices and awesome pastries!!
  • Kallie P.
    Kallie PalmJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good coffee; slowest service EVER. Come here when you have an additional hour or so to wait around for your latte. Seriously. Don't come here if you need to catch a bus.
  • Omar A.
    Omar AlsubaghAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cortado ,and every other coffee drink .
  • Adam S.
    Adam SteinMarch 25, 2015
    Most of the pastries are forgettable, but the Do Rite donuts are fried dynamite
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy AlasAugust 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has such an amazing coffee and cool atmosphere. Try the Chiapas coffee!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SteinMarch 25, 2015
    The upstairs is a fantastic place to work. It's like a library for most of the day.
  • wigtron
    wigtronDecember 8, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best coffee in the city! Great staff, warm place to chill and surf Foursquare! Free wifi and all that. Read more
  • Brian M.
    Brian MacQueenFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    A great coffee shop, er bar, run by some serious coffee geeks. Love the vibe of the place as much as the drinks.
  • Kat S.
    Kat S.June 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best damn iced mocha. Take one out to the patio.
  • Athena C.
    Athena CeeJuly 15, 2015
    Yummy! Love the design of this place set up like a bar.
  • Nancy M.
    Nancy MurphyJanuary 18, 2013
    Really nice staff. Bit of an uber hipster crowd. Amazing coffee.
  • Noah M.
    Noah ManionJune 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I don't know where the donuts come from but they're insanely good.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HillDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Order a Ryan Hill, trust me they'll know what mean ;)
  • Victor S.
    Victor SegellAugust 23, 2014
    Awesome coffee and nice backyard.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 11, 2011
    Thought you'd want to know: Dark Matter has been nominated for Best Local Coffee Roaster in Time Out Chicago’s 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now! Read more
  • Robert R.
    Get there while the Guatemalan gettin' is good!
  • Molly M.
    Molly MarinoMarch 14, 2012
    I just want a seat by the window....pretty please. They are always taken....
  • Carrie J.
    Carrie JeanJune 10, 2015
    Great coffee, friendly staff, pastries.
  • Elisa V.
    Elisa VMay 31, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The cold coffee on tap is addictive!
  • Wendy D. C.
    Wendy D. CalvertSeptember 17, 2013
    Best coffee ever. AND there is an upstairs!
  • Kristin A.
    Kristin ArnoldMarch 16, 2013
    Best iced coffee anywhere...get a growler!
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