Coffee & Beer: Young Hickory
Call me crazy, but I can count on one hand the number of times I studied in a library during college. If you know me at all, you know silence drives me nuts! I need background noise – to the point that I even listen to audiobooks with headphones when I blow dry my hair. So, forget about me working productively in silence. It just doesn’t happen.
Fueled by my need for community and my inability to work in utter, undistracted silence, I became a coffee shop fiend. It was an acceptable place to get work done, I always met new people…and of course, I got to indulge in my drink of choice: coffee. (TBH, I average 5 cups of coffee a day…)
While unfortunately, I can’t work my day-to-day job in a coffee shop, I still carry on my tradition and do most of my writing in coffee shops. Throughout the last year in San Diego, I’ve found quite a few gems that foster my productivity and satisfy my caffeine addiction.
My favorite to date? Young Hickory.
The cafe/bar is located on the corner of 30th and Polk in the middle of San Diego’s hipster neighborhood – North Park. The entire shop has a relaxed, laidback vibe with a charming atmosphere and simple menu – with most of its guests sipping on coffee and working too. Did I mention Young Hickory has an open-air space? Well, that’s my favorite part – it’s nice to take advantage of San Diego’s near perfect weather while working.
Young Hickory serves Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, a San Diego staple for a reason! The café’s menu is simple – no fancy coffee drinks. I appreciate that Young Hickory serves good coffee without pretense or pretentiousness! I recommend either a cup of coffee or a latte. If you’re not into coffee or it’s late in the evening (Young Hickory is open until midnight!), the shop serves local tea retailer, Tea Gallerie. My favorite? The French Lavender Puerh – yum!
What makes this spot really special to me, though? In addition to coffee, Young Hickory serves beer! My two favorite drinks in one place – score!! The shop serves over 30 canned craft beers from local breweries – I love that the IPA selection is always on point. During Happy Hour (5-7 PM), Young Hickory offers a $1 off each can. This is the perfect option for when a friend comes to join your work sesh or when you’re winding down your productivity.
While I often doubt I blend in with Young Hickory’s hipster crowd, it’s my favorite place to spend a Saturday afternoon journaling, blogging, freelancing and sipping on some coffee or beer.
What: Young Hickory
Where: 4096 30th Street, North Park, San Diego, CA
When: 7 AM - Midnight
Recs: Lavender Puerh Tea, Hot Coffee
**All images courtesy of Young Hickory.