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Halcyon Coffee, Bar & Lounge

Halcyon Coffee, Bar & Lounge

Coffee Shop, Lounge, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • The experts at Serious Eats and Austin Chronicle recommend this place
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    • Austin Chronicle
  • Bethany H.
    "Get the Long Island iced coffee, but just one."(6 Tips)
    Brian F.
    "The dark chocolate espresso martinis are outstanding!"(4 Tips)
    Heather H.
    "Toast-your-own smores + banana & peacan nuttella crepes + ambience"(25 Tips)
    Kevin K.
    "Tomato &mozzarella panini is delicious and comes with a free coffee."(10 Tips)
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleFebruary 17, 2013
    Tableside s’mores and espresso cocktails are two things that make this hoppin’ corner joint so special. A coffehouse by day, bar by night, Halcyon has a fine selection of cigars and cigarettes, too.
  • Nathan W.
    Halcyon is a perfect stop for an afternoon coffee or late-night drinks with friends. The vibes, staff and patrons are friendly - a refreshing change of pace from those other manic downtown ATX venues.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 30, 2012
    If you're a fan of crepes, then you absolutely must try the Crepe Nutella a la Mode! The great thing about Halcyon is that they serve crepes and the rest of their sweet breakfast options until 2 a.m!
  • Cee G.
    Cee G.June 12
    Coffee house vibes + bar + queer friendly area makes for a comfy spot to chill solo or with friends :)
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LuvianoOctober 14, 2014
    Always great ambiance, love it during the day it is chill enough to work and/or hang out grab coffee or wine. At night amazing drinks, sometimes music, good all around to start a night
  • Social N.
    Ideal for socializing. The coffee is excellent (I favor the skim cappucino) and the food is equally delicious. Live music and alcoholic coffee drinks makes it a great evening hang out. NO STUDYING.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FolgerJune 8, 2012
    Ideal for socializing. The coffee is excellent (I favor the skim cappucino) and the food is equally delicious. Live music and alcoholic coffee drinks makes it a great evening hang out. NO STUDYING.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 28, 2012
    Calm and cozy atmosphere to relax and hangout with a close friend or two. It is a bar, but for those that don't drink, they also have cheap smoothies and caffeine drinks as well.
  • Scion Advisor
    Scion AdvisorJuly 27, 2011
    Enjoy coffee, paninis, and even a Nutella crepe at this well-known downtown spot. The ever-changing wall art is consistently inspiring, and they provide a cozy, hip place to chill whether day or night Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 8, 2013
    Good for when you want decent coffee-- not a fancy drink. Halcyon gets the job done while also offering a small menu of snacks and other drinks.
  • Anna G.
    Anna GonzalezDecember 4, 2013
    At night, get s'mores! & come early if you want to get a couch seat. It fills up. In the morning, get a breakfast panini! So good.
  • Allyssa M.
    Allyssa MilánMarch 22, 2013
    Try the Chocolate Espresso shake... Seriously one of the best shakes I have EVER had, anywhere! Just try not to down it too fast ^_^
  • Dylan R.
    Dylan RobertsDecember 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    LOVE this place. Great food, friendly staff, high quality coffee! Fantastic!
  • Alyshia S.
    Alyshia SilvaOctober 9, 2013
    Fantastic place in the heart of downtown Austin. Perfect place with moody music and a great ambiance in the evening.
  • Josh A.
    Josh AAugust 23
    Great place. Grab a coffee cocktail, a comfy seat, and some s'mores. Solid cocktail options, good java. So Austin.
  • Pavithran C.
    Pavithran CrDecember 18, 2016
    Cappuccino is the best I have ever tasted.. From Portland, OR. (So you know what I mean)
  • Alexis S.
    Alexis SmithJune 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The prissy busboy with the short black hair is always in a hoity-toity mood. He's consistently been a dick to customers every time I've been here. Don't tip him if he takes your order.
  • Emma
    EmmaJuly 1, 2012
    Hibiscus and ginger mojito is fantastic! And so is the goat cheese salad.
  • Karis N.
    Karis NarofskyMay 28, 2012
    A dog-friendly patio is available, but you can only have the s'mores (their signature dessert) inside. So if you plan to enjoy the s'mores, leave fido at home. Learned this the hard way...
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer ReineySeptember 11, 2013
    Brilliant menu. Light food awesome desserts, coffee & cocktails.
  • Amanda Rose
    Amanda RoseSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Music is a little loud for conversation in the afternoon, but drinks are delish, happy hour 4-7=awesome and Internet is FAST:)
  • Sheryl S.
    Sheryl SaturninoJune 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places in Austin. Perfect place to sit outside on a nice day.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer ReineyJuly 5, 2013
    Amazing bartenders here. Excellent chocolate cake & paninis.
  • Mark M.
    Mark McGregorAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to chill with a laptop, a coffee, a friend, a beer, or all of the above. Couches, tables, patio. THE place in Austin to work or chat.
  • Half Past Now
    Half Past NowMarch 12, 2013
    Roast your own marshmallows! Perfect place to relax and drink your favorite coffee beverage. For more coffee places check out halfpastnow.com
  • A Taste of Koko
    A Taste of KokoMay 20, 2014
    Who doesn’t love s’mores? Roasted to perfection at your tableside. (100 Things You Need To Eat This Summer in Austin) Read more
  • Gauri M.
    Gauri ManglikMarch 9, 2012
    Sweet cafe with space and wifi. Good place for meetings over coffee. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 8, 2011
    Try the Nutella crepes to get your Nutella fix without the temptation of eating an entire container with a spoon. The s'mores are a special fiery treat here too!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HinmanMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a cappuccino and checkout the art by Thomas Runkle. Legendary artists recreated in glass.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WitbrockAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    It's really nice when they give you animal crackers to go with your cappuccino. But then sometimes they don't, which is morning-ruiningly disappointing.
  • Brian F.
    Brian FleenorJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The dark chocolate espresso martinis are outstanding!
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KramerAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Lunch special deal is awesome. Tomato &mozzarella panini is delicious and comes with a free coffee.
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    VevoMarch 16, 2012
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  • Pam R.
    Pam RodriguesJuly 5, 2015
    Cool hang out spot! Nice sofas! Bring a book or a date and you're set!
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YaleJune 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot for delish weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas, people watching & roasting smores tableside.
  • Rew V.
    Rew Van WyckFebruary 25
    Met a great artist there and oh yes, the coffee is good too
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon FullerFebruary 25, 2012
    finishing up the final video edits for The Color Run Austin... great place to do such things while having multiple adult beverages!
  • Zack B.
    Zack BeattyMarch 14, 2011
    Take a break from the cooped-up Convention Center and grab a spot on this sunny, south-facing patio! Choose your vice: caffeine or alcohol.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMarch 4, 2016
    Chilly outside? Come in for a drink and make your own s'mores!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WestJune 16, 2015
    Don't plan on getting your coffee in an expedient manner, baristas more concerned on catching up on the latest gossip
  • Y B.
    Y BJanuary 27, 2012
    Best iced-toddy coffee in the city. The hummus is a wee bit overpriced but still delicious.
  • Nikki J.
    Nikki JonesOctober 15, 2009
    Best place to go on a date! Cute, dark and cozy, you can roast s'mores at your own table or sip on a yummy French hot chocolate (and yes, there's liquor in it!)
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarksMarch 10, 2012
    Great breakfast hangout during sxsw, has wifi, coffee, power and geeks
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Pearson - Always LearningFebruary 28, 2014
    Coffee shop with free wi-fi. Right in the heart of the Warehouse District
  • Karen M.
    Karen MonkenDecember 22, 2014
    The lavender cider wasn't too strong, and tasted more fruity than herbal. The smores app was a fun addition!
  • Rawad A.
    Rawad Al-awarOctober 11, 2016
    Can be a good spot to get some work done if you come before 530 PM.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The espresso milkshake may appear in your dreams. Frequently. It's that good. Be warned.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SDecember 13, 2011
    They have a cigarette bar which is awesome! The hipsters are not so awesome
  • Keith C.
    Keith CaveyJanuary 10, 2013
    Long Island Iced Coffee: the perfect elixir for anyone addicted to both caffeine and alcohol.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchnepelMarch 14, 2013
    roasting s'mores at your own table is a unique and yummy activity... just be sure to grab lots of napkins
  • Rodrigo M.
    Rodrigo MorenoFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Best bartenders and drinks in town. Try the expresso martini!!
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CourtneyNovember 29, 2012
    The plum halcyon cosmopolitan is delicious!
  • Ginger C.
    Ginger CourtneyJanuary 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing coffee drinks. Long Island coffee is my fave.
  • Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth RoamAugust 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    First bite of their chicken wrap... Fell in love with it. Oh my god. It's so good.
  • Shean M.
    Coffee or alcohol... More cafe style than the one in San Antonio, but just as spunky
  • Rondo E.
    Rondo EstrelloOctober 8, 2013
    You might be discouraged to order the S'mores by being told there is an hour wait. Order them anyways and they should be at your table in 10 or 15 minutes.
  • Ben
    BenJuly 3, 2014
    I just had a delicious panini, side salad and an iced tea for $8. Rarely is anything this good in ATX.
  • Bethany H.
    Bethany HawkinsAugust 31, 2013
    Get the Long Island iced coffee, but just one. Super sweet.
  • Sydney W.
    Sydney WilliamsDecember 7, 2010
    Turkey and Brie panini is absolutely amazing. So is the salmon/caper/cream cheese.
  • Avery H.
    Avery HomerJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    These people never smile. I am a miss the halcyon of old. Grungy and happy people. Its a yuppy nightmare nowadays.
  • Sabrina C.
    Sabrina CaluoriMarch 12, 2011
    Halcyon defined: peaceful, happy, carefree. Get the panini. Open late!
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comMay 23, 2011
    Coffee house atmosphere with delicious desserts like the famous s'mores. Read more
  • Brionne G.
    Brionne GriffinSeptember 21, 2014
    You get an animal cracker with your coffee drink 😬
  • Meagan ♑.
    Meagan ♑August 25, 2014
    Cool place. Long island iced coffees are delicious.
  • Courtney P.
    Courtney PowellMarch 2, 2014
    The perfect spot for a drink outside on a sunny day!
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AMay 30, 2016
    The dark chocolate espresso martinis are decadent!
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Smores are fun to make, but overrated in taste. Get the carrot cake instead! Delish.
  • emile s.
    emile swainMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Without a doubt the best coffee in town. Then come back later for a beer.
  • Simon W.
    Simon WillisonMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The espresso milkshakes are delicious and energising.
  • Daniele M.
    Daniele MarquesMarch 13, 2013
    The turkey brie panini is pretty awesome.
  • Nitin
    NitinJune 13, 2015
    Long Island iced coffees made by Ryan will get you where you need to be
  • Dean C.
    Dean CalhounMarch 12, 2014
    Good place to get your morning latte w/o the long lines that are closer to ACC.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AbbottMarch 14, 2012
    Mexican iced coffee with Tia Maria. Spicy and boozy and awesome.
  • Loku Austin
    Loku AustinJune 2, 2012
    Ask for the table-side s'mores and try not to burn the place down. More info: http://bit.ly/LUEUN4
  • Shannan R.
    Shannan RiemerFebruary 22, 2013
    Terrific Latte, great people watching spot.
  • Barron R.
    Barron RothMarch 25, 2014
    Sure, the coffee was great. You know what's better, the MUSIC!
  • ItsMsRandom
    ItsMsRandomFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try their mojito, it's one of if not THE best in Austin.
  • Cruce S.
    Cruce SaundersMay 22, 2012
    Thai Iced Coffee - two espresso shots, condensed milk - worthy summer pick up
  • Gus R.
    Gus RojoMarch 12, 2012
    Try the hot cocktail, mochaluah is the bomb.
  • Sierra P.
    Sierra PesekOctober 20, 2013
    Long Island Iced coffee for a good buzz :)
  • Allen V.
    Allen VelasquezNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Pomegranate Margarita is an unexpectedly good choice.
  • Heather H.
    Heather HaywoodJuly 1, 2011
    Toast-your-own smores + banana & peacan nuttella crepes + ambience = Austin luv! ;)
  • Cam C.
    Cam CollinsMarch 14, 2012
    Awesome ginger hibiscus mojito special.
  • CoachDeb C.
    CoachDeb ColeMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken Pesto here is amaaaazingly addictive!
  • ItGirl
    ItGirlApril 11, 2012
    Try the Long Island Iced Coffee. You'd spend more on booze at a bar to get this buzz.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LeungMay 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee shop and cocktail bar all in one :)
  • Pauly M.
    Pauly ManfreDecember 15, 2011
    Try a Black Sunday at the Colosseum...Romana Sambuca & coffee...deliciouso!
  • Robert H.
    Robert HummerFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken pesto panini with baileys coffee. Treat yo self
  • RiemerResidential
    RiemerResidentialApril 3, 2013
    good latte and GREAT people watching.
  • Bryan G.
    Bryan GreenDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the peanut butter hot chocolate. So awesome.
  • 🌊 Christy G.
    🌊 Christy GoldfederFebruary 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good salad and wifi for a working lunch.
  • Vincent H.
    Vincent HoMay 11, 2011
    The hot coffee comes with 2 animal crackers, or 1 if your girlfriend steals the other one.
  • Matt V.
    Matt VestalJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The chocolate shake is so good that I don't even care this place turns into a bar at 8 and I won't be able to get any work done
  • Frankie G.
    Frankie GravesDecember 30, 2012
    French toast for brunch is a must!
  • Oracle Marketing Cloud
    Bottomless mimosas, people. Oh, and great French Toast.
  • Randy W.
    Randy WayneSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken Black Bean Wrap! Highly recommend
  • Kasey L.
    Kasey LandollJanuary 31, 2013
    Peanut butter mocha is to die for 
  • Keith P.
    Keith PowellJuly 8, 2012
    The chocolate expresso Martinis are why I come.
  • aTyler K.
    aTyler KehlMay 6, 2013
    I love the atmosphere and the great music!
  • Alex
    AlexAugust 2, 2015
    S’mores & cocktails!!!
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