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Northside Social

Northside Social

Coffee Shop and Wine Bar$$$$
Lyon Village, Arlington
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  • Katie C.
    "Great IPA buns and must try the nutella poptart!"(7 Tips)
    Ashley M.
    "They serve counter culture coffee."(6 Tips)
    Catarina S.
    "Combine it with a caramel latte and enjoy!!"(6 Tips)
    Just J.
    "Cortado and a Lamb Sandwich is the way"(4 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterMay 12
    This Arlington cafe is a great place to grab a cup of coffee, but it changes to a wine bar in the evenings. Come for the wifi, stay for the quiches or kale Caesar salad. Read more
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsJanuary 25, 2015
    Really great coffee. They use Counter Culture coffee beans, and their drinks taste exquisite as a result. Also, their latte art is cool. Can be difficult to find a table, as it is a busy place.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    This charming Clarendon neighborhood cafe and coffee shop offers French press coffee and tea, as well as a full menu highlighted by fresh pastries and breakfast sandwiches. Read more
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotMay 13, 2015
    Absolutely love this spot. The hummus sandwich and the quiche of the day are on point, and my friends can't stop talking about the red velvet cookie.
  • Francesca F.
    Francesca FicaraFebruary 15, 2013
    Every possible coffee you could ask for with a very knowledgeable staff. The wine bar is an excellent place to relax, enjoy great wine and greater company over a cheese/charcuterie plate.
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkMarch 27, 2016
    DC-Area Coffee History Trivia: This space was once occupied by the second location of the now-defunct Murky Coffee, which was the first shop in the area to really take specialty coffee seriously.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseApril 30, 2016
    Seems like 9am is the magic hour on the weekends, try to arrive before. Echo the Carmel latte comments (even as a latte purist), and the spring chicken sandwich- delish but messy/hard to eat.
  • Kim N.
    Kim NguyenJanuary 27
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this coffee shop. Lines are always long though, even at 7–8am. But that is a sign of a place that is doing well! Just be prepared to wait if you order an espresso drink.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMarch 27, 2016
    Delicious coffee, but you MUST try their homemade cinnamon buns! Also, super dog friendly with plenty of outdoor seating!
  • GeauxDC F.
    GeauxDC FoodieApril 20, 2015
    One of the best coffee spots in DC. Expect to wait but the care taken in the preparation and delivery make up for the wait. Don't miss the homemade pastries!
  • Vino50: Grape American Road Trip
    Great wine spot but dont overlook the iced Americano...one of the best I've had. Ask for Tammy at the upstairs wine bar and tell her you want to try some New York wine.
  • David D.
    David DyTangSeptember 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the few places that does coffee right. Go for the latte and one of their freshly made baked goods (nutella pop tart? YES!). Decent beer choices as well.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HummelDecember 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Good coffee, but the baristas take a LONG time. Very hipstery. The salmon sandwich is to die for, though, and you can usually find a seat at a communal table.
  • Direnc K.
    Direnc KadiogluNovember 7, 2016
    Try peach blossom white tea. Delicious. I love their breakfast. Each time I go there trying different dishes. So far my fav is smoked salmon poached egg sandwich 👍
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica Foster BrandtJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Usually busy but worth the wait. My favorites are the caramel latte, Nutella pop tart, and spinach egg and cheese sandwich (which they serve until 3).
  • Chris A.
    Chris AbrahamMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They serve wine and beer in addition to coffee so this amazing cafe's grand patio is where I want to spend every Spring and Autumn (DC summers are too hot)
  • Susan K.
    Susan KuhnAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great workspaces. Upstairs, main room, back room, outdoors - each has its own ambiance...choose what suits you. Upstairs now: 17 people, 15 open laptops.
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayApril 30, 2016
    Scones are delicious. Especially the lemon Blueberry ricotta. Silver Needle tea. Quiches are always on point.
  • Hannah H.
    Hannah HathawayDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The spinach egg sandwich is possibly the best breakfast sandwich in the universe. Although I still don't know how to eat it without getting covered in egg yolk...
  • Now Owl
    Now OwlJanuary 23, 2011
    Internet connection sometimes bad. Enough bustle to keep you entertained w enough space if you want to be alone w your thoughts. Great coffee and food menu. Recommend quiches and potato salad.
  • JJ R.
    JJ RamirezFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I always come here for the skim mocha. Make the experience better by getting a cookie - they're all delicious. And don't expect to get much online work done, the intertubes here are laggy.
  • Rian v.
    Rian van der MerweJune 10, 2015
    Good spot to work and have a really good cappuccino. The wifi is spotty, but there's also an xfinitywifi hotspot available that's pretty stable.
  • Robert H.
    Robert HuttingerOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Plan on driving a while looking for a space, and table space is a premium. Sunday is church day so plan your arrival time accordingly. Good food, good coffee!
  • Tatyana F.
    Tatyana FisherApril 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee place in northern Virginia. Try their caramel latte, it's delicious and a great pick-me up before and after work.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJanuary 12, 2016
    Great neighborhood coffee shop with delicious lattes.
  • Dee
    DeeAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing coffee !! If you love the taste of coffee try the classic cappuccino 👍.. Great outdoor seating if weather permits ..
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 8, 2010
    This drink station offers Counter Culture coffee & house-made muffins & a glass of Oregon pinot and house-made charcuterie. Just as important: pies, cakes, and sandwiches are available all day.
  • Lacy B.
    Lacy BaugherOctober 21, 2013
    Great place to hang out and get some work done with great drink options. Current favorite: the chai is fabulous.
  • Katie R.
    Katie Runyan1 week ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spaces upstairs, downstairs & outside! Plus $5 wine glasses for happy hour and a great meat & cheese selection!
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly A.October 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Cinnamon peanut butter, salt & pepper pecan and lemon/lavender cookies with a hot cup of sweet mint tea - nothing beats it!
  • Miguel B.
    Miguel BuddleApril 5
    Been here 10+ times
    The brown rice and chickpea bowl is tremendous and huge. Really filling and, if you add bacon, all you need for dinner.
  • Christina S.
    Christina SkurskyAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best place to eat a cookie. My faves are salt & pepper butterscotch, the ranger and rosemary blueberry. Thank god this place exists.
  • Sana S.
    Sana SaeedDecember 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Really really slow internet. In the midst of blogging it shuts down, so remember to back up your work. Regardless they have really really good cappuccinos and home made doughnuts!
  • Isaac P.
    Isaac PachecoMay 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Want an unpretentious place to hang out, drink good beer and wine, and sate your hunger with fresh, healthy dishes? You just found it!
  • Frank F.
    Frank FuhrmeisterAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Rotating pastry selection means you can go a few times per week and see something new each time!
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Very nice strategic location and hang out place for all ages. Try the daily soup and grilled cheese
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler ChartierJanuary 4
    Been here 10+ times
    Northside, the quintessential Arlington stop. A must go but beware of the crowds. Upstairs wine bar is on point.
  • Ronald B.
    Ronald BarbaMay 25, 2013
    I'm reminded tonight of why I hate coming here to do work: it gets loud as shit. Particularly, the acoustics in the back room amplifies everyone's voice threefold. Great place otherwise.
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pumpkin muffins are awesome. Breakfast sandwiches are hit or miss - runny whites on more than a few occasions.
  • Meredith B.
    Delicious range of choice, try the berry back tea. Nice atmosphere for working upstairs.
  • D
    DJuly 23, 2013
    Best place in Arlington for coffee/wine/place to meet or do work. Favorite place in the area.
  • Beej P.
    Beej PowersMarch 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good coffee, good food, good wine, good staff, rotating local artists. It's a great place for lots of occasions.
  • K T.
    K TJanuary 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Roasted butternut squash and feta muffin... wow. If you can nab one right from the oven- even more delicious!
  • Mary R.
    Mary RiddellDecember 10, 2013
    I don't normally like sweets, but the salt and pepper butterscotch cookie is unique and delicious!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MillerMarch 1, 2015
    They serve counter culture coffee. Plenty of outlets for your laptop so a great place to work.
  • Dana ..
    Dana ..October 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Have I ever mentioned the classic cappucino? The friendly staff? The cool seating? The delicious pasteries?
  • Eric B.
    Eric BreeseAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee -- which makes it one of the more consistently crowded coffee shops in the area.
  • Catarina S.
    Catarina SchallenbachAugust 29, 2015
    Ham & gruyere quiche is simply amazing! Combine it with a caramel latte and enjoy!!
  • Kathryn F.
    Try the cortada and the coffee cake muffin. Both are what keep me comin back. I get one cortada for here and one to go
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SavaJune 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    They have a breakfast roll that is with raspberry jelly and frosting - like a cinnamon roll- its delicious.
  • Denise B.
    Denise BrownOctober 1, 2016
    Best muffins in northern Virginia! The coffee is good but very strong. The staff is awesome.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DagleFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Probably Arlington's best coffee and espresso, with bonus of good food and wine/beer!
  • Colin S.
    Colin StormDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    A more than worthy replacement for the old Murkey Coffee. Try your coffee black first, you may be surprised by what you think. This ain't Starbucks.
  • Haley F.
    Haley FJune 8, 2015
    Happy hour and the service was great! And it's a cute quiet relaxing place
  • Alex W.
    Alex WarofkaJune 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich here is one of the best I've ever had.
  • Brionne G.
    Brionne GriffinSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the tea if you want a fun experience. It's like your own private tea party 🎉
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice place to socialize even majority are doing their paperwork in a friendly atmosphere
  • Washington Business Journal
    WBJ's Top Shelf says: "Northside Social is a mixture of a coffee shop, wine bar, and French brasserie. Now that's what I call options!" (WBJ 3/19/11)
  • Susan K.
    Susan KuhnSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Upstairs at the bar is quieter than downstairs if you have work to do or a call to make.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Will always love this place. Sometimes too busy but coffee and food is always good.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RodriguezJanuary 16, 2013
    The Wine Bar is amazing. The service is great, and incredible selection!
  • Mikhail B.
    Mikhail BJuly 3, 2013
    Good food. Great tea. Expect hipster customer service. Come for the atmosphere.
  • Jules W.
    Jules WeissFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for the amazing coffee, stay for the social & study environment, leave with the Amish chicken salad sandwich.
  • Susan K.
    Susan KuhnOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early on Saturday (by 10:30 or so) to get a good seat
  • CC C.
    CC ChenApril 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The nuttela tart they offer this morning is excellence: chocolate and hazelnut are best friends!
  • Jorge B.
    Jorge BogarinNovember 11, 2011
    You can't leave there without trying a pumpkin chocolate muffin. They are to die for!!!
  • Lauren
    LaurenAugust 1, 2015
    Can be hard to find a spot to sit and it is somewhat expensive. If you're looking for a place to get work done in a quiet place, this is not a good option.
  • Robin
    RobinJune 25, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Great atmosphere, good coffee, and I highly recommend the chic salad sandwich & grilled chz.
  • Juan H.
    Juan HuayllaSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee is amazing, nice outdoor patio. The staff is super friendly.
  • Kessaya S.
    Kessaya SpeckmanJanuary 17, 2011
    Skirt steak sandwich is INCREDIBLE. Check out Sunday night open-mic. Great vibes... Good music... Cool people.
  • Jim F.
    Jim FarisMay 26, 2014
    Watch out for the creepy guy taking up two tables, hunched over his laptop, frantically posting on multiple dating sites
  • John
    JohnJune 24, 2013
    Sunday nights, bring your guitar & singing talent. Open mic, coffee & courage
  • Colin S.
    Colin StormOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The WiFi upstairs is touch and go. Get a seat downstairs if you are looking for uninterrupted work time.
  • Rich L.
    Rich LeungAugust 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Nutella pop tart, right way to start the day. Only option missing with this is a glass of cold chocolate milk
  • Talah A.
    Talah AlSecaitDecember 17, 2014
    The pineapple, coconut, and salted Carmel tart is delicious
  • Fatih A.
    Fatih AlanatFebruary 8, 2015
    Great coffees and fantastic environment to chill out!!
  • Gigi O.
    Gigi OlgunerJune 3, 2015
    Very bad experience today. I think they need to chill and consider remaking the coffee when they get the order wrong. Pouring one cup to another and adding more milk and being rude is not acceptable.
  • Mich R.
    Mich RMay 5, 2011
    small vanilla skim latte is good. internet connection a little iffy. good place to study during the daytime - more crowded at night
  • Patrick P.
    Patrick PhoApril 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Fans of Murky Coffee should enjoy Northside Social- a revamped space has all the same nooks and crannies for you to bunker down with your laptop.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel ManwillJuly 24, 2010
    Great atmosphere, good food and coffee, but avoid the back room on hot days. The air conditioning is really weak and it gets hot and stuffy.
  • Conner S.
    Conner SwettJuly 27, 2013
    Great place to get work done and enjoy some wine, beer or maybe just some coffee.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MorehouseMay 30, 2012
    Tammy is the BEST. Tell her what you're on the mood for & you won't even need a menu!
  • Jules W.
    Jules WeissApril 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you go to study/read on Sunday, don't forget that Open Mic Night starts around 7p.
  • Lorelei B.
    Lorelei BrownJune 20, 2011
    Some dont' like counter culture's blend (a french guy noted that 'This is not espresso, this is sh*t), but the lattes will make you cry in happiness Read more
  • Isabel
    IsabelSeptember 19, 2013
    The breakfast sandwich was good but it was on the expensive side. The service was pleasant, overall I would come here again.
  • Thomas L.
    Thomas L.April 5, 2014
    coffee was great - but watch the tables. They are so wobbly my coffee went flying!
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CatáMay 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Melissa is the greatest barista and bartender of all time!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LorenzoApril 11, 2015
    Great vibe. Not a lot of food choices but the cheese selection was nice.
  • Jimmy O.
    Jimmy OsallaJuly 19, 2015
    The cappuccinos are my favorite, but everything I've tried is good
  • wonderwillow
    wonderwillowApril 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They really know their coffee. Get a pour over or a cortado for a life altering experience.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SoraghanMay 10, 2014
    Like this place. I want to sample some of thei Belgian craft brew singles
  • Max W.
    Max WagenblastFebruary 20
    Get the nuttella poptart! Lines are long, especially on nice days and early morning.
  • Sonora B.
    Sonora BostianSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the homemade granola bars - they have a great spice to them!
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChanAugust 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    try their chocolate oatmeal cookie. a dense, chewy cookie with nothing but chocolate and oatmeal. so good.
  • Katie C.
    Katie CallowayJune 10, 2015
    Great IPA buns and must try the nutella poptart!
  • Gloria H.
    Gloria HuangMay 27, 2010
    Get a cheese platter and split it with friends. The 5 cheese version is fully capable of serving 3 people!
  • Denisha J.
    Denisha JonesAugust 28, 2013
    Vintage...last Tuesday of the month...awesome wine and great beats!
  • Abrar A.
    Abrar AlsuwainaOctober 15, 2014
    Their Chai latte and vanilla latte taste really good
  • Eloise T.
    Eloise TweetsAugust 24, 2016
    The breve latte and the cookies are so yummy!!
  • Maeghan C.
    Maeghan CrociataJune 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the white peach blossom tea! It's so good I get it every time!
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