Hudson Valley Coffeehouses

More than just a place to get your jolt of java, local coffeehouses offer live music, original artwork — and the chance to meet and mingle with your neighbors



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2 alices coffeeMore than just caffeine: Musicians play to an enthusiastic crowd at 2 Alices

Photographs courtesy of 2 Alices

For those casual nights when you just want your chai, but your significant other’s craving a good beer, 2 Alices Coffee Lounge in Cornwall-on-Hudson serves up an assortment of coffees and teas, and also offers a selection of wines and beer. “And our coffee is perfect,” boasts owner Mikey Jackson. “It’s all organic and fair trade, served just after being roasted. Our lattes are extraordinary, too.” What makes Jackson so confident in his coffees? “All our baristas go through a training program; we make everything from scratch, not through machines like some chains. Even our chai is made on the premises.”

By day, this funky little roadside café attracts a steady crowd, from regulars to Wi-Fi hunters lounging with laptops and lattes. “A lot of people use the space as their office — they’re here every day, basically working from home. But we get teens studying for school, senior citizens meeting with friends, and we even set up a toy area for moms who can’t leave their young kids at home,” Jackson says. “At night, it’s a great alternative for people who don’t want to go to the bar. They can have a calm night with a glass of wine. It’s not really a loud scene, except on music nights.”

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Live bands set up two or three times a month, but the real crowd pleaser is Thursday night trivia. “It’s standing room only,” Jackson says. “People usually get here an hour early to get a table. They really get into it; it gets intense.”

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