05 Apr Get out of the office and get your work done at these local spots now!
Whether you work from home or just want a place to study, it’s nice to get out of the house. People typically venture to libraries and coffee shops to serve as their office outside of the office. I’ve been one of those people for the past 5 years while finishing graduate school,. Here is some of the criteria I use to judge a good work environment:
- Noise Level – No blaring music or constant chatter that can’t be escaped by earbuds.
- Technology Requirements – WiFi and outlet access must haves
- Seating Arrangement – Either a long bar space or a wide table to ensure enough room for all your clutter.
- Beverages & Food Options – If you stay anywhere long enough, it’s nice to have something nearby. It’s difficult to get in a good work groove if your tummy is constantly rumbling.
- Space – This goes for table space and parking. It’s a huge bummer when you actually try and go somewhere to be productive and you can’t snag a spot or a table.
- Environment & Vibes – I don’t like being the only person at a place sitting and trying to do work. It is easier to work and focus when others around you are doing the same.
Quite frankly I’m bored of the typical library or Starbucks. Here are some of my new favorite places:
- Thirsty Scholar – This combines the coffee shop and craft bar into one hybrid masterpiece. I usually start out with a dirty chai tea latte, then transition to one of the four draft beers. Every time I have been there they’ve had 4 different Indiana breweries on tap. If you don’t like what is on draft they also have a fridge full of bottles and cans. Some of the beers I’ve had there: Detasseler by Sun King, Indiana Amber by Oaken Barrel Brewing, and The Red by Taxman.
- The Koelschip – I’ve only been here once considering it just opened January 30th, but I can’t wait to go back. This has all the criteria listed above, plus so many draft lines and tons of different brews. I came here after the rave of the Lazer Raptor canning by Central State Brewing. I had a taste of the Lazer Raptor as well as the Big Lug collaboration Bro Culture. On the chalkboard they had beers from 18th Street Brewing, Amager Bryghus, 3 Floyds, and Founders (just to name a few that I remember). I sat right at the bar with my laptop and materials and had a great afternoon.
- Triton Tap Patio – Although it doesn’t have all of my typical requirements listed above, it is still a great place. Whether it’s hammering out a proposal or putting your feet up and reading a book, everyone is welcome. It also doesn’t hurt to get your daily vitamin D amount by enjoying some sunshine. They also have the TouchTunes jukebox so you can control the tunes from your smartphone. It’s pretty much a great place to do whatever you please.
- Open Society – Opening soon in the SoBo neighborhood, this joint features Tinker Coffee Company and is expected to propel the coffee and bar trend. One beer they are planning on featuring (according to Facebook) is Black Acre Brewing’s Natural Liberty.
- TwoDEEP Brewing - Each time I go to TwoDEEP I think to myself how can I spend more time there. With the urban professional vibe and massive tables it seems like it would be a quality work/play environment. They also have big comfy chairs next to a fireplace that make me want to curl up with a good book.
Shoutout to all these awesome business for letting me be a nerd in their bars. I’m fortunate to live in an area with so many great places nearby, and I hope to discover even more.