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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
95 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • dolor de oro
  • casual
  • outdoor seating
  • authentic
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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, 2016
    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
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 21, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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, 2016
    This hipster hangout lures in the bike-toting, flannel-wearing sort with sustainably sourced coffee roasted around the corner. Read more
  • ben m.
    ben mApril 24
    It's Dark Matter so you know the coffee is good. Head to backyard on a nice day.
    Upvoted Apr 24
  • 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.
  • Kirstjen L.
    My chai was really good, but this place has the loudest, most awful music I've ever heard in a cafe. Chicago has the crappiest cafe culture in the world I think.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDSeptember 18, 2015
    Solid pour over coffee, nice patio space, and good place to work from
  • Meg M.
    Meg McGuaneJanuary 7
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome hipster coffee bar with great coffee. Serving Do-Rite donuts too!
  • Carmen G.
    Carmen GuzmanApril 8, 2016
    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
    RachelNovember 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.
  • Athena C.
    Athena CeeJuly 15, 2015
    Yummy! Love the design of this place set up like a bar.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • merrick b.
    merrick brownSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the honey habanero espresso is among the tastiest beverages I've ever had.
  • 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.
  • D J.
    D JJuly 31, 2016
    Love the coffee choices and awesome pastries!!
  • Omar A.
    Omar AlsubaghAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cortado ,and every other coffee drink .
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HinemanFebruary 16
    Recommended: Wake & bake espresso drink
  • Adam S.
    Adam SteinMarch 25, 2015
    The upstairs is a fantastic place to work. It's like a library for most of the day.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Nancy M.
    Nancy MurphyJanuary 18, 2013
    Really nice staff. Bit of an uber hipster crowd. Amazing coffee.
  • Kat S.
    Kat S.June 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best damn iced mocha. Take one out to the patio.
  • Victor S.
    Victor SegellAugust 23, 2014
    Awesome coffee and nice backyard.
  • 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.
  • Noah M.
    Noah ManionJune 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I don't know where the donuts come from but they're insanely good.
  • Molly M.
    Molly MarinoMarch 14, 2012
    I just want a seat by the window....pretty please. They are always taken....
  • Katie M.
    Katie McCormickJanuary 30
    Nice & Cozy; busy; and Starbuck prices.
  • Carrie J.
    Carrie JeanJune 10, 2015
    Great coffee, friendly staff, pastries.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RobbinsApril 1, 2016
    Get there while the Guatemalan gettin' is good!
  • Elisa V.
    Elisa VMay 31, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The cold coffee on tap is addictive!
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HillDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Order a Ryan Hill, trust me they'll know what mean ;)
  • 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!
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BurnickasFebruary 5, 2015
    Cool atmosphere, love their espresso drinks
  • 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
  • Alison
    AlisonJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Dolor de oro is awesome ! Habanero coffee !!!
  • Steven S.
    Steven SepulvedaApril 8, 2015
    One of the best coffee shops in the city
  • Satish
    SatishOctober 23, 2014
    espresso! pullin' triples. bzzzz!
  • Nate F.
    Nate FriedrichsenOctober 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great wifi.
  • Arian B.
    Arian BexhetiOctober 13, 2012
    Wake and bake... Get the 12 ounce, u wont regret it.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    One big fan: superstar chef Grant Achatz, who uses Star Lounge's beans at his Chicago restaurant, Alinea.
  • Graham L.
    Graham LindnerAugust 3, 2015
    Cool vibes and good coffee. #winning
  • Riley W.
    Riley WinkeFebruary 1, 2013
    Wake and bake! Wake and bake! Best latte ever.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HodgesOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best F*%KING coffee in the city! Look no further my friends.
  • Lulu A.
    Lulu AJanuary 7, 2015
    Cortado is spot on!
  • Kevin H.
    Music selection is on point
  • Brama8
    Brama8February 25, 2012
    Try the specialty lattes
  • Kashmir A.
    Kashmir A'LiyahApril 25, 2015
    Hey Star Lounge Coffee Bar, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me. Read more
  • Michael F.
    Great coffee and patio!
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MajorJuly 11, 2013
    Great patio for dogs
  • Bos A.
    Bos AlvertosSeptember 2, 2014
    This is the BEST coffee in town.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HodgesOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Double J KNOWS how to make the perfect cup of coffee.
  • LizAnne C.
    LizAnne CookApril 28, 2013
    Try that Devil's Lettuce
  • Alexander V.
    Alexander VicksénSeptember 12, 2014
    Best Coffee in town!
  • Diana R.
    Diana RossmanMarch 26, 2010
    The mayan mocha is amazing for an extra kick :-)
  • Mat B.
    Mat BurnettJanuary 17, 2016
    Cool vibes man.
  • Etienne P.
    Etienne PadinJuly 23, 2013
    Half a pound of Unicorn Blood. Mmmmm.
  • Memo L.
    Memo LopezMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the coffee here its do good
  • Alex L.
    Alex LemanskiAugust 19, 2010
    Definitely try the mocha and the chocolate croissant.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BlantonJanuary 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the only places in Chicago to get Decent espresso. Read more
  • Thomas Q.
    Thomas QuinnMay 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you say something really funny, then Gideon laughs like a dolphin
  • Steve Ole O.
    Steve Ole OlsonJanuary 21, 2012
    Looks like Peet's is the supplier
  • Jettison Q.
    Jettison QuarterlyFebruary 22, 2011
    Love the way you brew!!!
  • Jen
    JenMay 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The wake n bake is pure joy.
  • Anthony H.
    Anthony HammondJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    New summer hours for 2010. Til 9pm M-Th, til 8pm F-S.
  • Chef Josh K.
    Chef Josh KattFebruary 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the papanola with soy milk. Mmmm.
  • Haley H.
    Haley HauckDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
  • Robert M.
    Robert McAnultyJune 10, 2011
    Try their very own Shiratado
  • Chad B.
    Chad BellMay 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Digging the new patio.
  • Denard M.
    Denard McNamaraJune 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great hot chocolate!
  • Jai H.
    Jai HenryAugust 12, 2010
    Coffee is good.
  • Alec O.
    Alec OliverSeptember 22, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    order anything! it's all good!!
  • Tony M.
    Tony MoralesFebruary 1, 2010
    Perfect lattes!
  • Yann G.
    Yann GuillemotNovember 5, 2014
    Café latte super bon, chocolatine généreuse, fraîche et excellente
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