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“Best coffee shop in the area.”
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Bare Bulb Coffee
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Seating, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Seating, Takeout
Catonsville, Maryland
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best coffee shop in the area.”
Reviewed March 29, 2012

Bare Bulb is my go-to place for coffee, lunch and gelato. We live a mile away so it is handy for us. As others have mentioned, a 10 screen movie theater and a pizza place are steps away.

The Bare Bulb offers specials M - F during lunch. They post the weekly menu on their Facebook page so you can plan your week. The chicken salad is very good.

There is a mission focus to the business. They do many worthwhile things for the community using volunteers to support their efforts. As their website states, "The idea behind Bare Bulb Coffee is to simple: "Why not use a business to do something good for the world?"

There is a mixture of hightop tables, 4 top tables, an 8-top, 2 sofas, and a kiddie table. On an average day, you will find students around the big table studying or a lunch group, computer users using the electric plugs against the back wall, mothers with kids around the kiddie table, seniors coming for lunch or a snack, and friends having a chat over coffee.

The coffee and tea menu is extensive with many specials and combinations of syrups to create the ultimate hot or cold drink. They serve fair-trade coffee. The gelato is very good and is a bargain at a generous scoop for $1.50.

Besides the good food, pastries, and coffee or tea, there is game night, open mic, a book club, and trivia night. They even offer a fellowship time on Sunday night.

This is the gathering spot for many groups now and is a destination spot for the locals. They just added additional seating out front so you can relax outdoors. For those folks on the run, there is a drive through window.

Tip: Sconces are half-price after 2 p.m. and you will get a free coffee after your frequent user card fills up.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank MacMacGA
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Perry, Georgia
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great coffee shop”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

The Bare Bulb is one of my favorite places to go. My wife and I just drop in ocassionally but mostly visit at the end of our date nights. We grab a burger or hot dog at a drive in resturant nearby, go to a movie within walking distance of the coffee shop and finish with a great cup of coffee or hot chocalate at the Bare Bulb. When the weather is nice, it is great to sit outside at their tables and enjoy the time together. The inside dining is simple but very pleasant. The staff is freindly and efficient. I always feel good after a visit.

  • Visited October 2011
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1 Thank Ron31069
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Warner Robins, Georgia
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155 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Nice little Coffee Shop”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

Nice little coffee shop with pastries from Wilson's Bakery a great bakery.

We have went a couple of times and enjoyed it very much. We aren't coffee drinkers so I can't comment on the coffee but the tea's and smoothies are very good. One time we played trivia. That was fun especially because we won :-).,

Visited June 2011
Thank Geekybone1
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United States
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205 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2011

Great atmosphere! They offer great coffee and pastries, too. Highly recommend!

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Thank WorldTravelers1999
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