NOTE: THE TALKING STICK IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION.
To find out more, call (310) 450-6052

Thank goodness for the relaxed and generous atmosphere at The Talking Stick in Venice, California! I’ve been here a few times now and consistently found the staff to be incredibly friendly, down to earth and considerate.

Penina’s Ratings
Coffee: Very good
Food: Good, all vegetarian
Wifi: Effortless, occasional hiccups
Ambience/Decor: Eclectic, open, with a raised stage
Ambience/Business: Good for solo work and small meetings, but keep in mind this is an entertainment venue many evenings and weekends
Service: Gracious, quick
Clientele: Locals, businesspeople, retirees
Bathroom: Clean, a table for your stuff

They offer a variety of non-dairy alternatives for your coffee, a few of which are made fresh on the premises, and their menu is all vegetarian. I had the humus and pita: there was a little too much going on in the humus for my taste, though I’m sure it adds interest for others. That said, the coffee is very good, and oh boy, ask about the crumb cake (they bake it there)!

The more time I spend here, the more I like this place. They’ve provided two looooong plug strips for the studying students and iPad-wielding retirees that gather around it along one wall of the spacious venue. There is a variety of unplugged seating, with both secluded and sunnier spots, which makes for easy conversation alongside quieter areas. The Talking Stick has great hours—open 7am to 10pm during the week, and until midnight Friday through Sunday. They also are active—and responsive—on a number of social media channels.

Keep in mind, Venice is a colorful, eventful corner of the world: things will occasionally get a little too interesting. I still choose and recommend this spot if you’re in the area and looking for good coffee and wifi, and a relaxed, friendly vibe.

The Talking Stick
1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-6052

The Talking Stick, Venice, California

Penina’s Wifi Etiquette

  1. Buy stuff. Do I really need to say this? After seeing otherwise with my own eyes, it turns out I do. My rule of thumb is to buy something about every two hours.
  2. Be gracious. Your two coffees and a scone aren’t doing all that much to pay the rent for the hours you spend in a café. Help make it a friendly, welcoming place so they can attract and keep more customers.
  3. Follow the rules. Busy urban areas limit wifi use because higher costs require them to generate quicker turnover. Sometimes plug placement is limited: if your power cord is a tripping hazard, then don’t use it (or negotiate with the wifier closer in to swap locations so you can charge up).
  4. Be considerate. Go outside to make phone calls.
  5. Be very considerate. Your laptop should not make a sound—not even little beeps: use headphones. Same for the radio you brought to follow the game.
  6. Tip generously. And tip again if you’re there through a shift change.

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