Five places for late night lattes and learning
The fall semester is coming to an end, and students are finally starting to see the hint of light at the end of the tunnel. Deadlines for term papers and semester projects are quickly approaching. So what happens if your internet stops working late at night during an all-nighter? Here are five after-hours locations for Wi-Fi and caffeine in the Santa Monica area:
212 Pier is a 24/7 coffee spot, located at 212 Pier Avenue, in Santa Monica.
The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner around the clock at moderate-to-inexpensive prices, and offers to knock a few cents off a cup of coffee if its prospective vessel was brought from home.
Due to its popularity, 212 Pier gets really crowded, and though there may be plenty of outlets for chargers, it is recommended that customers make sure their devices are charged beforehand.
On Pico, just a few blocks east of SMC and across the street from a Trader Joe's, one will find Unurban Cafe.
Unurban offers free Wi-Fi and stays open till midnight Monday through Saturday, and till 8 p.m. on Sundays. The café features food and coffee priced for a student’s budget, and live music on certain nights.
On Santa Monica Boulevard, close to the 405, lies Cocoa Cafe. Although, strictly speaking, the area between SMC and UCLA is West Los Angeles and not Santa Monica, because of that collegiate proximity, it is home to many students. Located at 11609 Santa Monica Blvd, Cocoa offers coffee and blended drinks at affordable prices, Wi-Fi is free and Cocoa stays open until 3 a.m. seven days a week.
In the vicinity of UCLA campus, at 10955 Weyburn Ave in Westwood Village, there is a Starbucks designed specifically for late-night study sessions.
As with every other Starbucks, the Wi-Fi is free, plus there are outlets on every wall and under booths. Large tables and plenty of indoor seating allow for a comfortable environment to crank out a 10-page paper.
Just a little while south of SMC, at 4070 Lincoln Blvd in Marina Del Rey, you'll find a classic -24-hour IHOP. The establishment serves food and coffee at all hours, but its number of electrical outlets is limited, so make sure the laptops and tablets are fully charged.
So there are alternatives to unmitigated panic when the internet shuts down during these final weeks. Bring books and laptop, have a cup of coffee, relax and get the job done.