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Wi-Fi for the Discerning Adult


We all know, or should know, the best coffee shops to soak up the hours while furiously finishing that assignment or luxuriously facebooking the hours away. See: Goldrush, Muddy’s Coffeehouse, the Fresh Pot, Cellar Door, Crema Bakery, and Albina Press. Just to get you started.

But what about those late fall afternoons when a (beer) brew sounds better than a (coffee) brew? Those evenings when a glass of wine and a touch of Wi-Fi sounds so tempting?  Or maybe you want to take your picture in a photo booth after finishing that article or writing that awesome tweet? Regardless, CultureMob has you covered.

Living Room Theaters in downtown Portland, besides offering free Wi-Fi, offers beer, wine, liquor, snacks and great people watching. As evidenced in the name, Living Room Theaters also shows independent movies in a living-room- type setting.

Lupa is a great little wine bar on Mississippi, just a few minutes from downtown Portland. Shaped almost like a bottle of wine—long and lean—Lupa offers free Wi-Fi and everything from ½ glasses of wine to bottles. Tip: With only one outlet, come early for the chair by the window, or charge your laptop up before venturing out.

The Tea Zone & Camilla Lounge offers tea, cocktails, and tea cocktails. Right on the streetcar line in Northwest Portland, there’s a deli case with snacks and treats (sweet, savory, and vegan options available) and a bar in the back with their specialty hard bubble teas and ‘Tea-tail’ concoctions.

The Ace Hotel, conveniently located across from the Living Room Theater, does have coffee for those in need of a caffeine fix, but more importantly: the Ace Hotel has a photo booth. Come for the Wi-Fi, stay for the Stumptown Coffee, the innovative cuisine at Clyde Common; or just come to ostensibly check your email before heading into the $3 photo booth.

Mio Gelato has gelato, sorbetto and pizza. With 3 locations around Portland (Irvington, Northwest, Downtown), you can get your handmade gelato anywhere in the city while still enjoying the light from your computer screen.

Cacao Drink Chocolate is a sweet drinkable chocolate shop with two locations in downtown Portland. Not a coffee lover but too early for a little libation with your Wi-Fi? Cacao offers shots of spicy chocolate, cinnamon-infused hot chocolate and Celtic sea salt caramels. With rave reviews to accompany their free Wi-Fi, this is the nerdy chocolaholic’s dream.

Disclaimer: Though every place listed features free Wi-Fi in Portland currently, call first to confirm each place still has free Wi-Fi.

Hint: To find out the closest Wi-Fi hotspot near you, text this number.