Posted on 10/04/13 by Troy Palma
Our latest quest to seek out Arlington’s coolest, innovative, and unique workspaces brings us to Northside Social, a coffee and wine bar in the heart of the Clarendon neighborhood. While not a conventional office space, on any given day you will find numerous people with laptops or other cyber interface of choice working away at their office away from the office or home. One also notices meetings [of both the business and social sort] occurring in various nooks throughout the two-story structure. If it’s nice out, the outdoor patio provides a perfect setting for a sun-filled staff meeting. In fact, Northside can be such a popular work location it may take several trips around the place to claim a coveted seat.
From the same people who brought you Liberty Tavern (a favorite of the President) and Lyon Hall, Northside Social offers a bevy of hot and cold beverages for those in need of a caffeine fix. In addition, the on-premises bakery pops out a scrumptious display of pastries to satiate your hunger pangs as you work away. The appealing café menu is rife with sandwich and salad options, not to mention homemade soups and artisanal cheeses. When not serving as a makeshift cubicle for the swarms of transient worker bees, Northside also serves an outstanding selection of wines, and hosts live music and art shows to keep patrons well quenched and entertained past normal working hours.
Ray Oldenburg must have had Northside Social in mind when penning “The Great Good Place”. Northside epitomizes the “third place”, not home or the office where the majority of waking hours are spent, but rather an informal, alternative location where creativity can take place.
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