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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Search for L.A.'s 24-Hour Starbucks Location

Los Angeles may be the second-largest metro area in the country -- but when it comes to finding an open coffee shop after 11 p.m., Angelenos are still mostly out of luck.

There are, of course, some coffeehouses open late -- the Insomnia Cafe on Beverly, for example, is open until 1:30 a.m.

But late coffeeshops are rare -- particularly chains like Starbucks or Coffee Bean. According to multiple web reports, Starbucks once operated at least one 24-hour location in L.A., but it long ago pulled back on that location's hours. People still claim that they know of 24-hour Starbucks locations -- but these are probably the same people who claim they've seen a Dunkin' Donuts location here in SoCal. They don't know.

As a result, these days late-night caffeine addicts have had to settle for the 7-Eleven swill.

That is changing, at least temporarily, downtown. According to Blog Downtown, the Starbucks location at L.A. Live is testing extended hours, keeping open until 2 a.m. (except Sunday, when it closes at 1 a.m.). Move was in response to the opening of new JW Marriott hotel this week.

Where do you usually go for your late-night coffee runs?

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