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Java Monkey

205 Ponce De Leon Avenue #5Decatur, GA 30030 map it »

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What a dump!, 12/28/2011

We had heard great things about this place, and showed up for Open Mic night. What a disappointment! The music is performed in an alley at the back. It was cold and raining, the only cover is... plastic sheeting. The performers were terrible (apart from one act). A young girl boasted that she had trained as a singer for 6 years, then proceeded to murder "Bobby Magee" - the worst singing I have ever heard! The coffee was okay, nothing special. Restrooms are disgusting!! I will not be back!

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Beyond Starbucks, 6/16/2008

This is a great coffee shop if you want more than just coffee. They have a great atmosphere, live music, poetry reading, the works. I live close by and frequent it often.

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redneckwoman

Reviews: 42

What a dump!

We had heard great things about this place, and showed up for Open Mic night. What a disappointment! The music is performed in an alley at the back. It was cold and raining, the only cover is plastic sheeting. The performers were terrible (apart from one act). A young girl boasted that she had trained as a singer for 6 years, then proceeded to murder "Bobby Magee" - the worst singing I have ever heard! The coffee was okay, nothing special. Restrooms are disgusting!! I will not be back!

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by BrittanyCramer at Citysearch

What's the fuss about? Are you kidding?

The first time i went there was Slam night. This is the second sunday of every month. This is when people do spoken word for competative purposes. this was fun to listen to, especially while sipping on some delicious hot chocolate. The crowd this place attracts is social and friendly. I can honestly say i haven't been to a place like this in a while. Definitly something you should make time for.

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by SemiSweetChocolateChip at Citysearch

espresso craft

Java Monkey.\r\rI thought I'd hate it. Stupid name, I hear they have a wine bar, live entertainment, it's in Decatur etc.\r\rBut I would wade through a thousand Decatur yuppies drunk on wine and chatting about their mortgages for just a sip of a Java Monkey latte.\r\rThe staff seems to know their product. Not overly friendly (thank god, since I don't need a new friend just a cup of joe), they are quite efficient and talented. It seems a lot of the baristas have mastered simple latte art. The drink taste is heavenly. The perfect blend of good espresso and well crafted milk/foam served in a proper ceramic mug with accoutrement. \r\rIf only I could enjoy it in a different environment.\r\rThe store itself is very homey and lived in. A classic coffee shop vibe--secondhand furniture, dim lighting, folk art etc. then why does it attract so many damned yuppies? Lesbian yuppies with their newly minted families, straight yuppies from the condos around the corner, former hippie yuppies, hipset yuppies, fat yuppies, skinny yuppies. Yuppies as far as the eye can see....\r\rMaybe it's the wine tasting events? Maybe it's the inevitable SUV sized baby stroller just in side the front door? Maybe it's the ceramic cups? I don't know what it is but it's a strange mix.\r\rReading other reviews makes me wonder who these people are? Other reviewers have said Java Monkey was dirty and shabby. Have you never left downton Decatur? The Greyhound bus station is dirty and shabby. The Java Monkey looks like the homes of most of my friends.\r\rIf you want pretentious modern plastic furniture and brightly colored wall sconces go to Ikea.\r\rIf you want a latte that will knock your socks off, go to the Java Monkey.\r\r(What is with that name? Really unfortunate)

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healthygrl9

Reviews: 12

Beyond Starbucks

This is a great coffee shop if you want more than just coffee. They have a great atmosphere, live music, poetry reading, the works. I live close by and frequent it often.

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tessiegirl

Reviews: 945

Love the Atmosphere

The Java Monkey has great coffees, and you can enjoy some wine and snacks as well. The atmosphere is very casual and friendly.

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by lalababy at Citysearch

java what?

Java monkey is snuggled inside the heart of Decatur. It's an old, kind of run down coffeehouse. The coffee is ok, a bit too sweet in my opinion. I didn't understand the big vibe about Java Monkey so when I thought I'd give it a try, I got a little disappointed. The atmosphere seems cozy, but a gross and dirty at the same time.

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pomaking

Reviews: 19

great local coffee shop!!!!!!

great place to go for coffee, wine, live music, even homemade biscuits...plus wireless access for free

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patobATL

Reviews: 64

Java Monkey

Java Monkey combines a few of my favorite things: good coffee, good conversation, and good music. This is a chill place to do some work or catch up with friends. There are plenty of cozy places to sit, and tasty treats to order. The crowd that gathers here is awesome. I love the live acoustic music & wine selection.

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batlanta

Reviews: 24

fun place

Right in the heart of Decatur, the Java Monkey is a perfect hangout before or after dinner. It's a great place to meet up with friends or to relax with a date. The atmosphere is very casual but not uncomfortably so. The coffee and desserts are great.

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by anromath at Citysearch

Not all that!

I'm not sure what the fuss about this place is all about. To me it was very run-down and just a little gross. If I hadn't had to be there to fulfil a commitment, I would have turned around and walked out. On the plus side, they were able to duplicate very well the coffee drink that I order at one of their competitors. The cinnamon roll that I ordered to go with my caramel latte was simply average. On the negative side, the upholstered furniture wouldn't be out of place in a landfill (I mean really -- large, unrepaired tears??), and the non-upholstered chairs were incredibly uncomfortable. In addition, the tables are bolted to the floor, so it can be hard to move around if the place is full. The place also seemed kind of dirty, like they only do surface cleaning and no periodic deep cleaning. I can't imagine myself ever going back there. One final thing, although the address is on E. Ponce, the entrance is down Church St. and is not well marked.

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popedonmega

Reviews: 24

great place for live music

coffee is better than average, but the entertainment on the weekends makes it worth the trip

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by sciporter at Citysearch

a place to put your feet up and relax, really

This place serves excellent tea of all sorts, I highly recommend the Soy Chai- absolutely delicious. They have poetry readings on Mondays, regular musical performances, a patio for smokers or just for some fresh air, and a cozy inside lounging area where the employees don't tell you to take your feet off the table. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I had a hazelnut cafe latte once, and it was creamy, thick, and tasted great (for coffee), the guy that always seems to be working there also makes a leaf-decoration with the foam. I definitely recommend this place to any tea/coffee lovers. Also located right [diagonally] across from the Decatur MARTA station!

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by vtla at Citysearch

Funky and full of surprises

A great place to spend a few minutes or a few hours - friendly service was a real pleasure and the icing on the cake after the unexpected thrill of finding a convenient place to get Soy Chai and Vegan cake! Both were delicious. Vegetarians should definitely give the Monkey a go - you won't be disappointed.

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by atlshopgirl at Citysearch

Best Coffeehouse in Atlanta!

Javamonkey is #1. They have amazing coffee, great beer and interesting wine tasting events. I love the atmosphere. People studying, working, hanging out with friends and people like me just reading a great book for hours. Don't worry, when your not in the mood for reading, there are always friendly new people to meet at the wine bar. They offer a variety of sandwiches, pastries and delightful desserts. I have been to almost every coffeehouse in Atlanta and believe me, Javamonkey makes one of the smoothest, creamiest Latttes in town!! Javamonkey's varied event schedule is a plus too. Poetry readings, blues, jazz and more. It has a warm and inviting neighborhood feel. I don't know the name of the barista, but they did have a guy who would always make a leaf pattern in the foam of your latte or capucccino. And don't forget they open early and they close late!! We've been going there for more than 5 years!!\r

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Tamara B.

Great Coffee, Relaxing Atmosphere

Fresh coffee, great espresso drinks, a wonderful veggie sandwich (with cheese, peppers and eggplant) and chocolate cake to die for! All can be enjoyed...

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