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Donkey Coffee and Espresso

Donkey Coffee and Espresso opened its doors in 2002 and is the among the best coffeehouses in town. The awards are a testimony to that. It is the brainchild of couple, Chris and Angie Pyle. Athens is a university town and its no surprise if you find a flock of students and faculty members in this quirkily charming cafe. This bi-level establishment with its vibrant colors, local wall art and cozy couches make it look warm and inviting. It is also a performance space with regular poetry slams, comedy nights and live music. The fair trade coffee from Ethiopia and Nicaragua come in many flavors. Take a sip of Americano, Macchiato, Espresso, Brevé, Cubano, Mocha or Latte and be in caffeine heaven. Savor their pastries and snacks along with your brew. They also have a lot of vegan options. Check out their Justice Room. It is decked with stickers, posters and flyers of different social causes.

Casa Nueva

Established in 1985, Casa Nueva has become a local staple for good food, drinks and entertainment. This cantina and bodega serves inspired Mexican dishes that reflect the local food culture. But then this place epitomizes everything locavore - which includes spirits, beer and music. This co-op establishment is funky and friendly, maybe that's why they are popular even after so many decades. Their fare is fresh and delicious. While the libations will make you enjoy their happy hours more. Casa Nueva is a platform for talented musicians in the town or region. Don't miss this spot when in Athens.

Cutler's Restaurant in Athens

Cutler’s Restaurant is located inside the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center on the Ohio University campus and is famous for its succulent steaks and freshest seafood in Athens. The menu is simple yet flavorsome and changes seasonally. A local favorite for dining and celebrating, Cutler's will give you a unique experience.


Dine at IHOP® on 1006 E. East State Street in Athens, the home of pancakes and delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner near you with breakfast delivery and breakfast takeout available. View hours, specials or order online.

Court Street Grill

Located a few yards away from the Ohio river, Court Street Grill is perfect for a night of dancing, drinking, and live music. This bar frequently hosts local and foreign talent to perform on its stage and focuses mainly on blues artists. They serve a range of locally brewed on-tap beers and beers by the bottle as well. Eats include local favorites like Buffalo-style chicken wings, shrimp, steak, burgers, and sandwiches. The ambiance is very homely and the staff is friendly and welcoming, always making you feel like family.

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