Awesome large space!
Free wi-fi with purchase worked great and I was able to have all my work done. Coffee is always fresh and the muffins are delicious. Mmmmm…. cranberry walnut bliss bar… need I say more? Great fresh sandwiches too. Turkey and guac were fantastic. Must check it out. Art on the walls, books for sale, there are couches. I think there is open mic on third fridays or something. The place was packed!
Customer review @ chicago.menupages.com
This oversized West Town coffee shop (it’s about 4,500-square feet) is so spacious you won’t have to worry about anyone sneaking a peek at your laptop. There’s a mish-mosh of couches, chairs and tables for your seating pleasure, plus there’s free wi-fi. The rotating wall art-for-sale gives up and coming artists a chance to show their stuff. The coffee is fair-trade and organic, and the pastries are courtesy of Alliance Bakery & Cafe, and breads are from Red Hen Bread. Build your own sandwiches and salads, or order house selections. Non-dairy, vegan smoothies and fruit-and-yogurt parfaits are also available.
Review @ metromix.com
Just settling into its freshman year, Mercury Cafe is going through a bit of an awkward phase. It’s new in town, just trying to fit in with its cool East Village neighbors and feel comfortable in its own (slightly oversized) space. But with a little confidence and a lot of customers, it’s sure to become the most popular coffee shop on the block.
Great coffee, a fun and friendly staff, bohemian decor and a practically unlimited seating area make it an obvious pick of a place to spend an entire day in, getting lost in work, conversation or a good book (no need to bring your own…there are several bookshelves spilling over with reading material to buy or browse). Busy bees will benefit from free wifi (just ask a barista for the password). Food- and drink-wise, the place is pretty standard: you’ve got your tea, coffee and espresso drinks from Intelligentsia Coffee, as well as sandwiches (create your own if you like) and a decent supply of baked goods from Alliance Bakery.
However, like any freshman, Mercury Cafe is still working out the kinks. Most notably, it appears as if there’s not enough of anything to fill its enormous space. It needs to pack it with more couches or (hopefully) more people. But once it does and neighbors see how cool this place can be, its awkwardness is sure to fade …and its popularity will totally skyrocket.
Reviewed By: Ashley Hamilton @ centerstage.net
A huge space plays host to a straightforward coffeehouse menu of beverages, sandwiches, vegetarian and vegan items, and pastries from Alliance bakery. Plenty of comfy seating and free Wi-Fi is offered. Another section offers used books for sale, artist exhibits, and a consignment clothing rack. Live music is in the works, and currently there is an open-mic night once a month. Mercury Cafe is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.