Reader recommendation request: Best West Seattle wi-fi

October 10, 2007 at 9:54 am | In Reader recommendations, West Seattle online | 13 Comments

REVISION FROM ORIGINAL POSTING: WSB wants to know your favorite spot for free wi-fi in WS (originally attributed to a reader who actually was asking about home wireless internet, so we are posting a separate item). Back when we were all quaking in anticipation of Freeway Fright ’07, we had intended to come up with an official list — but as we all know, FF ’07 never did explode into a commutastrophe, so we dropped the effort. Some readers noted their faves at the time in comments on this post, and Jerry at JetCityOrange pointed everyone to a WS-wi-fi Google Map he put together on his “About West Seattle” page. Various other websites aren’t necessarily reliable — this one, for example, lists at least two WS places that have been closed a while (Bikes & Brew and Carosello). So what’s your fave? Let’s see if we can crowdsource the latest list.

13 Comments

  1. my favorite is C&P Coffee

    Comment by evan — 12:09 pm October 10, 2007 #

  2. My fav’s are “Coffee to a Tea with Sugar” in the Junction or “Skylark” down on Delridge. Both have very different vibes…but depending on what you’re looking for – good places to get some work done!

    Comment by T.Dart — 12:20 pm October 10, 2007 #

  3. Mine are Cafe Ladro on California (near the Morgan junction) and Cupcake Royale.

    Comment by M. Layne — 1:38 pm October 10, 2007 #

  4. C & P

    Comment by *t* — 1:42 pm October 10, 2007 #

  5. Actually, I’m looking for PROVIDERS of wireless internet service at HOME. I really don’t want to call Comcast and sometimes I can’t go out and need to stay home. Yes, I’m one of the few folks still without internet service at home and bizarre, bizarre – I only have one wireless network close to home I can “link” to, but I have to be out on my balony. :(
    I think I remember a year or so ago a company new to WS offering internet service, but they weren’t offering it everywhere – at least not yet in Alki.
    So…that is my need….wireless internet at home that isn’t from Comcast.

    Comment by Kmac — 2:18 pm October 10, 2007 #

  6. OK, three hours of sleep is starting to catch up with us. Will revise the main item. Would just kill it but (a) it’s a good topic and (b) that would kill all the comments. So we’ll launch a new one on the at-home wireless service.

    Comment by WSB — 2:48 pm October 10, 2007 #

  7. Free Wi-Fi has just been added at Diva Espresso on Fauntleroy if you buy something and park on the street. Free Wi-Fi also at Hotwire Espresso, Revolution Coffee on Admiral and at that library branch up there.

    Comment by Val Vashon — 7:33 pm October 10, 2007 #

  8. Uptown Espresso… both WS locations. Plus plenty o’ tables & outlets for laptops.

    Comment by planetheidi — 8:07 pm October 10, 2007 #

  9. Well, in answer to Kmac’s intended question, any internet access you get can be “wireless” internet. You can hook your 14400 baud modem to a wireless router and creep along, if you wanted. Just shop around for whatever provider you want, (looks like you’re looking for DSL) and ask them if they sell wireless routers, or just buy your own (probably the cheaper choice), any Belkin, NetGear, Linksys, etc. will do. If you have a Mac, the Airport routers are a little more expensive, but easier to set up for your average Joe Latte.

    Comment by deliboy — 9:46 pm October 10, 2007 #

  10. As per my favorite wi-fi haunts, I like to stop by Cupcake Royale or Coffee to a Tea, but I can just get a little bit of reception from some mysterious router calling itself “belkin54g” from the front of Husky during my breaks. Oh, and my parents’ house is always good.

    Comment by deliboy — 9:48 pm October 10, 2007 #

  11. The WifiMug wiki lists independent coffee shops with free wireless: http://seattle.wifimug.org/index.cgi?HomePage

    I like C&P as a place to hang out, of course, but their connection drops on a regular basis and they have to reboot their wireless base station. Freshy’s next to PCC is good, too. Uptown Espresso in the Junction has lots of tables. The chairs are not comfortable at Revolution in Admiral nor at Bubbles on Alki. Maybe Tully’s isn’t your bag but I have to say that the West Seattle locations (Morgan, Alki) have very comfortable furniture and nice, big tables where you can spread out.

    Lately, though, I’ve been going to branches of the public library: Admiral, High Point, Delridge, Southwest Branches. They all have wireless, tables, and reasonably comfortable chairs. Plus you can hang out for a few hours and not feel like you have to buy something to eat every hour.

    Comment by David — 10:07 pm October 10, 2007 #

  12. Try Hotwire Coffee, the connection is great for laptops and if you don’t have a laptop then use their desktops you get an hour of free Internet surfing in the mornings with a bevvy purchase, 15 minutes after 8:30am.

    Comment by Coffee Gurl — 7:10 pm October 15, 2007 #

  13. Revolution Coffee has free hi speed WiFi.
    The customer service here and the excellent coffee make up for the three crappy chairs, we better replace those!

    Comment by Angie — 10:11 am August 25, 2008 #

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