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Bloc party

Posted by Courtney Hollands October 22, 2007 09:28 AM

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[Artsy shot of the new sign through the trees. Gallery-worthy.]

In case we need any further proof that Union Square is obviously the coolest square in Somerville, I give you -- drum roll please -- the Bloc 11 Cafe. This hip little java joint opened last Monday and I finally had the pleasure of ordering an iced coffee there on Saturday. Not only is the coffee great, the real draw to this place (opened by the same people who own Diesel in Davis Square) is the ambiance. The complete package, if you will.

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[Get a table near the street, in our old familiar place...]

The whole front is windows, which open into the street. So if you want sun and fresh air, that's the spot for you. The cafe is absolutely cavernous -- with tables and chairs sprinkled throughout. There are not one, but two defunct bank vaults. So if you want isolation and quiet, snag a seat there.

Another hot spot (literally) is the fireplace in the back room, surrounded with benches made from old safety deposit boxes (and don't miss the games in the cabinet!). Come thirsty and hungry -- as there is a full sandwich menu and soup du jour.

In short, if you're looking for me from roughly December 1 through March 20, I'll most likely be holed up in my favorite new place to hibernate.

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Katie Johnston Chase likes dive bars, old country music, and pop art that has something to say.
Meredith Goldstein is keen on DJs who spin pop music and restaurants that serve real food after 11 p.m.
Emily Sweeney is a lifelong Bostonian who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Jeff Miranda has never heard a '90s alternative-rock jam that's not already a mainstay on his iPod.
Joan Charlotte Matelli digs movie singalongs, well-made cocktails, and alt-country rockers.
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