Right Bite: Las Vetas

During the winter, it’s convenient to look for a small, cozy area to relax and find warmth in. I think I may have found one on 27 Unquowa Road. Las Vetas Lounge is an intimate coffee shop with its own character and style. Just five  minutes away from Fairfield University by shuttle, it is a fantastic venue, seemingly the quintessential “hang-out” spot for college students.

Las Vetas serves an eclectic crowd, which is another reason why I like the place so much. It boasts an informal atmosphere for college kids to study in, for tired moms who just want some peace and quiet, and for town drifters who are looking for a place to think. Business people waiting for their trains always stop by in the morning and buy a cup of coffee, while asking the employees to put the cost “on their tabs.”

Las Vetas has a look like no other coffee place in Fairfield. The front counter is decorated with colorful old-fashioned posters from the sixties and seventies and is lined with jars of candy and coffee products. All of the furniture has a vintage, time-worn vibe. There are tables that seemed to be taken from a garage sale. Many of them are etched with the signatures of past young customers. No chair in Las Vetas is matched.

Las Vetas is a popular place for Fairfield residents, as well as students. Photo by Peter Caty/The Mirror

“I just like it because it’s quirky; nothing’s the same, and each piece has its own entity, but that makes it all the more charming,” said Eric Lynch ‘14, a frequent hot-chocolate drinker.

Las Vetas serves inexpensive yet delicious food, including breakfast and lunch, and a wide array of mugs that are used to hold the different beverages offered. Last time I visited, I ordered a chai tea, which I received in a mug with alien characters adorning the outside. Needless to say, I was incredibly satisfied with that.

Another appealing aspect of Las Vetas has to be their offer of entertainment, books and board games. Visit on an Open Mic Night. Find a corner and dig into your latest read. The first time I came to Las Vetas, I played Scrabble for hours with my friends.

So, if you feel trapped in the silence of the university library, and if you can’t concentrate in your dorm or dislike the noise of Jazzman’s, find refuge at Las Vetas Lounge. It’s open on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. With the quality of Starbucks and personality of a classic yet eccentric venue, Las Vetas Lounge is perfect for relaxation.

Las Vetas has Wi-Fi and is in the inexpensive price range on Yelp.com.

Published on January 26, 2011 in The Vine

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