Best Insomniac Hangout

Au Coquelet

Compared to other major metro areas, the Bay Area has a relative paucity of good late-night hangouts. But you can step into the no-frills, exposed-brick interior of Au Coquelet up until 1:30 a.m. and expect good food, strong coffee, and classic Berkeley people-watching. There simply aren't enough places where you can saunter in at nearly any hour of the day and pick at a giant piece of decadent chocolate cake and sip a cappuccino or Italian soda, and know that you won't be rushed out or bothered for hours. Despite having no wi-fi, Au Coquelet is a comfortable and cozy spot if you want to avoid the bars. While the food may not be among the Bay Area's finest, a huge plate of nachos with a side of onion rings served by a charming dreadlocked waitress is just about perfect after a long night of boozing or in the middle of a long night of studying.
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