We're coming up on the first Monday of the month…do you know what that means? It means you can leave your inhibitions at the door, get behind the microphone at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, and say, sing, or strum your best stuff. If you're not the limelight-seeking type, you can sit back and sip a cold beer, a glass of wine, or delicious coffee concoction while enjoying the evening's line-up of acoustic talent.
If you'd like to perform—and Latte Da welcomes all types of amateur and professional talent, from fiddle-playing to poetry, to guitar duos and stand-up comedy—come at 6 p.m. to put your name to the roster. The entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., and lasts until 9 or 9:30 p.m., depending on the number of performances, usually between 14 to 18. Latte Da's Open Mic Nights have begun to draw quite the enthusiastic crowd, and artists can expect to perform for around 50 people (80 on a warm summer evening).
And here's something you can't get anywhere else in Vancouver: suspended coffee. Nope, it's not a new coffee-brewing technique. It's a pay-it-forward act of kindness wherein, when you're purchasing your drinks, sandwiches, wraps, soup, quiche, cheese plate, cupcakes or other scrumptious baked goods at Latte Da, you can offer to anonymously buy a cup of coffee for whoever might need it, whenever the need might arise. At the moment, Latte Da has over 20 cups of suspended coffee, ready to share. To learn more about the suspended coffee movement, which started in the UK but is quickly catching on in community-minded coffee houses around the world, click here to watch a 30-second video.
Latte Da is located in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver, at 205 E. 39th St. For an up-to-date sampling of what's going on at this local hotspot, see its Facebook page.