Located in a historic building that was Sears warehouse, Opening Bell has atmosphere. It is charming and warm. While a bit off the beaten path, they make up with a distinctive wide variety of offerings. The owner Pascale Hall is the energy behind this food, coffee, beer, live music, and soon to be wine bar.
The espresso drinks are made from Bristot Espresso. They are an Italian vendor and thus expectedly comes with a darker European roast profile. (They extract the shot with a La Marzocco GB5.)
While the coffee is good, my morning Macchiato and my afternoon one was different in size. My morning was 1-1.5 ozs of total espresso with the top “marked” with foam. My afternoon one was a more like a dry (mostly foam small cappuccino). Not that it really mattered, I liked both drinks. I attribute this to a menu that actually does not contain a choice for a traditional macchiato thus the difference by the barista in the afternoon.
The service is more than top notch because the manager offered to remake my drink. But since I like a dry cappuccino, this was perfectly acceptable.
If you are downtown, take a short hop on Lamar and head just south of downtown. Opening Bell is well worth the visit. Pascale is a warm and friendly owner and her vision for the café makes all the difference in the world. I cannot wait to come back to the various live music venues.