Founders Coffee opened its first location in 2019 (which feels like both a minute and a decade ago) and has been steadily growing since, adding a second full-service café on St. Rose Parkway in Henderson as well as a kiosk at a La Bonita Supermarket in Green Valley. They serve hearty breakfast and brunch items all day—an assortment of generous toasts, breakfast sandwiches, quiches, bagels, bowls, and pastries—as well as traditional espresso drinks, drip coffee, teas, and fruit smoothies. This is more a place you go for dessert-ish lattes than an exquisite hand-crafted cup, but the seating is ample, the spaces are charming, and the food is tasty. If you’re into that latte life, they also serve specialty seasonal latte flights so you can sample four signature seasonal flavors.
The Harry Potter theme at Bad Owl is a pretty loose one, so don’t come in expecting a fully immersive Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience, but the owners definitely had some fun throwing in some Potterverse touches, like a snow-white owl statue in a cage and tables embossed with sayings like "Espresso Patronum" and "My other car flies." There are Belgian waffles served with "ButterBrew Cream," but the rest of the menu is a pretty standard selection of tasty sandwiches and hearty toasts. Bad Owl also roasts its own single-origin and special blend coffees and has its own signature lattes and coffee creations, including espresso and coffee drink sampler flights. Plus, a menu of beer and wine provides options for when your workday becomes your work night. They now have three locations in Las Vegas—Downtown, Henderson, and Southwest—as well as a location in Chicago.
The original Public Works is located on the ground floor of the offices of TSK Architects—hence its beautiful design—and it has introduced a whole new kind of coffeehouse experience to downtown Henderson. Charming and centrally located for all the action and festivals on Water Street, Public Works became a hit, and has since opened a second location in Henderson and one in Downtown Summerlin. They brew up locally roasted pour over, French press, cortado, nitro cold brew, coffee or tea latte, a barista special (like the Turmeric Chai Tea Latte), and loose-leaf tea. The coffee bar also carries an assortment of from-scratch pastries and breakfast, brunch, and lunch items (including hearty vegan options) from other local food purveyors, as well as a solid selection of beer and wine.
You don't have to identify as vegan or LGBTQ to enjoy the JOLT ("Jump On the Love Train"), located in the more residential area of downtown Las Vegas in the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. But if you do identify with either of those groups, then you will definitely want to check this place out. Spacious and comfy with lots of seating, a lovely outdoor space, and ample free parking, the Center supports the LGBTQ+ community through a wide variety of programming, events, and resources. The JOLT is the breakfast and lunch café that operates daily inside the Center, serving locally roasted coffee and espresso drinks, house-made pastries (including vegan options), as well as a robust menu of sandwiches that will satisfy hungry carnivores and vegans alike—the pulled jackfruit will fool anyone.
Dark Moon Coffee isn't kidding with its name: inside, the café is a dark and stark, modern, minimalist retreat for the no-frills coffee aficionado. The small-batch roasts are legit, and the dark wood paneling that covers the walls lends a moody atmosphere that's perfect for hunkering down with a heavy read or seriously focusing on your work. This place doesn’t look like every other trendy coffeehouse in the country, nor is it crammed full of bric-a-brac or "Instagrammable moments." Instead, it’s purely about the coffee—they serve a wide variety of house-roasted beans hand-brewed by the cup (no cream or sugar served with those—they offer lattes if you must go that route) and single origin nitro cold brew, as well as a selection of hot and iced teas, mocktails, and even a couple of beer options.
Writer's Block is an independently owned bookstore and “artificial bird sanctuary” in Downtown Las Vegas. It's also a café and a beloved community space that holds readings, rare book exhibitions, and book club events. The space is quaint, cozy, colorful, and charming, with a fake forest of artificial fruit trees providing a unique liveliness. As far as coffeeshops go, this one is pretty standard: you can get your basic brewed coffee, espresso drinks, teas, smoothies, bagels, and cookies, but nothing crazy. As for being able to get work done…well, it's a bookstore and a writer's haven, and if you can't get work done in a place like this, creative or otherwise, you should probably just stay home.