after hours social cafe
- November 16, 2016 at 4:56 pm #163358
Hi, thoughts on a cafe that would be open later than the average cafe
open into the night and aimed at non drinkers as a place to go to socialize other than a bar/club..? there is nothing like this currently in my city and its something ive found myself wanting on numerous occasions as a non-drinker, i cant be the only one?November 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm #163444
What would it sell? Coffee? Cake? Main Meals?
Would it be in use for people who ultimately want to meet new people?November 19, 2016 at 12:48 am #163464
It will sell artisan, very high grade coffee and brewed in a variety of ways, also lots of tea variations, also smoothies and as for food, mainly healthy organic stuff, light meals such as soups and salads.
it will be in use for people who want an alternative to a pub/bar/club to socialize and yes meet new people. I plan to have various events on at different days of the week, jam nights, film nights for exampleDecember 5, 2016 at 11:36 pm #164128
Essentially a cafe with an after hours license? You would have to offer something distinctly different in order to make a success of this. Although I agree there is limited activities for non drinkers. Perhaps curate events for non-drinkers rather than a venue for them.
Message if like to discuss further.December 9, 2016 at 3:59 am #164263
essentially yes.. the something distinctly different that would be on offer would be a cafe that didnt close at 5:30/6:00ish! that alone is something that barely exists in my city, with the exception of 1 or 2 places which seem to do really well without offering anything seemingly unique or different. one of which is a vegan cafe so i guess that has its usp, the other serves alcohol too so alot of the people going there are going for the alcohol.
i plan to have events on such as comedy nights and quiz nights too.January 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm #165290
Sorry bit late to the conversation. How about styling yourself after a bar or club rather than a cafe?
Most peoples image of a cafe would be serried ranks of Formica tables with groups of mainly men eating a hearty meal, or at the very best maybe a 50’s milk bar. But if you styled yourself as a modern bar or pub, but just didn’t serve alcohol and made a point of that in your marketing it could work well. You may even get away with a slightly jokey name that emphasizes what you serve as lots of modern pubs have odd names.
‘Design your own smoothy cocktail’ competitions, have soft drinks from pumps on the bar, juice and milk in the fridges, that sort of thing. Lots of coffee varieties to chose from, tasting nights perhaps? Then add in a decent selection of food.January 10, 2017 at 10:29 am #165338
Have a look at our guide to starting a cafe/coffee shop for more tips.
Hello there, I am a staff member at Startups.co.uk. Startups.co.ukJanuary 11, 2017 at 11:11 am #165420
Hey, I think that’s a really great idea, because there are very few late night cafe’s. You could sell drink, small meals like Burgers, sandwiches and things like that. I am fully positive about it. If you do it in the right area, things will be good for your business.January 11, 2017 at 4:09 pm #165449
I like it. You could offer art classes or something for people to do.March 12, 2017 at 7:45 am #168555
I think it’s a great idea! Personally, I’ve been trying to find a cafe like that myself.
Yet sometimes a few agreed opinions is not enough.
You can try and make a survey of people who live in your area. Because I, and maybe the rest of those who replied do not live in your region. So try asking those who are your targeted market.