A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 25, 2013
Buzz Bar (coffee and alcohol bar)

A “buzz bar” is a coffee bar or coffeehouse that serves alcohol as well as coffee. The term “buzz bar” was popularized by the article “New buzz bars serve beer and wine, as well as java” in the Indianapolis (IN) Star on September 11, 2012.

Several establishments have called themselves “Buzz Bar,” although they might not fit the new definition. Buzz Bar opened in Detroit in 2006 and featured three bars—one for coffee drinks, one for martinis and one for all other drinks. Pershing Square (located opposite Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue) has what it calls a “Buzz Bar.” A very different “buzz bar” is the bee pollen energy bar.


Model D (Detroit, MI)
Buzz Bar serves caffeine and cocktails in Greektown
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2006
The Buzz Bar opened recently at 546 E. Larned in Greektown.

The 3,500-square-foot space has two levels and three bars: one for coffee drinks, one specializing in martinis and a third offering drinks of all kinds, including several brews from Detroit beer houses.

Indianapolis (IN) Star
8:40 PM, Sep 11, 2012
New buzz bars serve beer and wine, as well as java
Written by Raygan Swan
Hipsters looking for an alternative to the bar scene are taking comfort in a string of buzz bars that have popped up in Central Indiana. More commonly known as coffee bars, buzz bars offer beer and wine along with java and, in some cases, hard liquor.

The Food Section
2012: The Year in Food Words
POSTED BY JOSH FRIEDLAND ON DEC 21, 2012
(...)
buzz bars (noun): The Indianapolis Star noted the emergence of buzz bars, coffeehouses serving alcohol in addition to coffee. It’s a trend that may take off nationawide as Starbucks began piloting a “Starbucks Evenings” program featuring beer, wine, and small plates.

Pershing Square (New York, NY)
Pershing Square is a full service restaurant located on 42nd Street directly across from New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal’s main entrance and underneath the Park Avenue Viaduct. Offering casual American cuisine in a bustling classic bistro environment.

Pershing Square has “The Busiest and Best Breakfast in New York,” notable lunches, delicious dinners, take-out at our cafe and the buzzing “Buzz Bar.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Monday, March 25, 2013 • Permalink