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Atelier Cafe Lounge

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on April 21, 2011

Atelier Cafe LoungeAtelier Cafe Lounge is in the midst a branding overhaul and is hoping to emerge as a daytime meeting space for King West designers, people in finance, and budding young entrepreneurs. In the space formerly occupied by Spice Safar, Daniel MacLean walks me though his vision for the daytime cafe, which will transition to Atelier nightclub in the evenings as it has before.

Atelier Cafe Lounge"We want to get a 42-inch plasma and put it there," he says motioning to an area of wall about the familiar leather banquettes. "So you can set up your business meeting, presentation with a client or whatever, and we'll get that all set up for you."

Atelier Cafe LoungeAtelier also has free WiFi and lots of outlets (MacLean makes a point of mentioning that they're never covered up), and also has a projector available for use. "It'll all be free," he continues. "All you need to do--I'll have my BBM pin out there--is send me a message and say 'Hey Daniel, I'll be there in 20 and I have a client with me.' So I'll put a little 'Reserved' sign on the table and be ready to bring you your drinks when you come."

"So," I say, as the concept begins to click, "like bottle service for the daytime?"


Atelier Cafe LoungeI was intrigued. Though not sure about how I felt about the prospect of doing a presentation from a 42-inch screen likely visible to most of the café, finding an ideal spot for a coffee meeting has always eluded me. If it isn't spontaneous vomiting from a screaming child, it's the unavoidable elbows in crowded spaces, or the leering eye from loitering-wary owners always weighing on the interviews I try to conduct in public spaces.

"Also, everything on our menu is under $10," MacLean continues. "So an Atelier meeting won't cost you nearly as much as a meeting over lunch."

Atelier Cafe LoungeAtelier is stocked with lots of baked goods, including Conviction Kitchen pastries and treats from Bunner's Bake Shop, which are vegan and gluten free. Its coffee is made with a signature fair trade Las Fincas blend, offered as latte ($4) (soy, almond, or lactose-free milk available, +$0.50), drip ($1.25), espresso ($2.21) and more. Atelier also has hot cider ($3.19), matcha lattes ($3.19) and a variety of teas from Tealish.

Atelier Cafe LoungeMy latte is incredibly creamy, slightly bold for my taste but very delicious. And of course, I can't resist a double chocolate chip creamie (whoopee cookie) from Bunner's.

Atelier Cafe LoungeMacLean hopes to open the patio in the next couple of weeks and offer iced teas (with or without a shot of Grey Goose, since Atelier is licensed) and maybe even weekend BBQ brunches. Karaoke nights are also on the radar. But for now, it's strictly business, and of course, your daily morning fix.

Atelier Cafe LoungePhotos by Dennis Marciniak



hello / April 23, 2011 at 10:15 am
No offense Robyn, but you seem to always review places you would never personally go to.

Why not actually have a person who caters to clients go in an review this place?

Regular cafes are just as busy for client meetings if you plan on being quiet about your work. This isn't an abnormal situation.
monroe / April 23, 2011 at 10:24 am
wasn't spicesafar called monroe lounge after it was deadpooled? they renamed it again to atelier?
Cog / April 23, 2011 at 11:13 am
Hmmmmm Hard to get the nightclub smell out for daytime use.
I'll check it out this coming week...
Scott / April 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm
I've actually been hosting a weekly meetup at Atelier, and I can honestly say it's a great place to do so. We used to meet at starbucks, but since our meetups are on Friday afternoons and casual, some folks like to have a drink to ease into the weekend.

On top of that, the space is amazing, the coffee is great, and Daniel is always accommodating and friendly.

I think they'll be fine. :)
o___o / April 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Looks like a nice space.
agentsmith / April 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm
This town seriously needs more licensed cafes.
rayhook / April 26, 2011 at 07:14 pm
These pictures make it look way better than actually is. this place is a club at night time and personally i didn't wanna go there after that. very small and dark.
lame / April 29, 2011 at 08:31 am
I think i'll watch this space (from) afar.
Austin D / May 5, 2011 at 02:07 pm
Atelier at night is an amazing venue .. perfect if you are looking for a night out ... a perfect fit between a club and lounge :) I love going there on fridays!! They play the best in oldschool, hiphop, top40, mashup and reggae.
Jen / July 29, 2011 at 09:56 am
What time do you open at in the morninig? Also, are you table service only? Your voicemail box is full!
strony internetowe / October 17, 2012 at 05:18 am
Hello to every one, the contents present at this site are genuinely amazing
for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.
Tress / April 26, 2013 at 01:22 pm
Are they even open? I was there before 6:30 one Friday, the door was locked, i have called them numerous times, no one answer the call...

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