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Northside Social

A laptop-friendly space in Arlington


This is one of a few shops in the DC Metro Area that pulls single-origin espresso in addition to their standard espresso blend. It's not on the menu so ask for it. Craft beers are sold by the bottle. Look upstairs for quieter space and more outlets. Outdoor patio has picnic tables and umbrellas. Very accessible: Capital Bikeshare and Clarendon metro stop within a block. Outlets are neatly tucked away under the bar tables upstairs, often next to small coat hooks and along the perimeter on the main floor. You can continue working upstairs after 5, but only if you pair your laptop with a beer or wine - as that's when the upstairs turns into a wine bar. Happy hour starts at 5. WiFi seems stronger upstairs and is reliable over speedy.

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Type of Space


Today | All Hours
Avg. WiFi Speed 1 Mb/s Details
WiFi Login Unknown 
Background Noise Moderate
Group Seating
Outdoor Seating
Types of Seating Small tables, larger tables
Accessible Outlets Plenty
Community Tags Has Food, Group Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Natural Light, Alcohol
Coffee Options Counter Culture
Alcohol Options Beer
Food Options quiche, breakfast, salads, sandwiches, and pastries made in-house
Scout Date October 2014
Last Updated January 2018

People are saying  

  • Can be very loud, making it hard to work if you need quiet, has good food, lots of space and outlets, large patio, wi-fi had been weak lately.

  • I’ve been going to this place for over two years, and it might be my favorite out of anywhere I’ve been. The food is great, the unlimited iced-tea is only $3, and if you’re patient, you can track down somewhere to keep charged while you work. Upstairs is quieter, and while it turns into a wine bar at 5, you can stay up there if you just order something — anything — off their menu from someone working up there. Can’t recommend this place enough to anyone visiting the area.

  • kolbcm

    I second the terrible wifi. My VPN keeps dropping

  • kolbcm

    Wifi password is northsidesocial

  • pamcakes

    *Noise level is more quiet upstairs in the wine bar area

  • It’s pretty loud upstairs and the internet is crappy. The food is good and it’s real cute, but I wouldn’t work here again.

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