Just a half-block from Alexandria's Market Square, Grape Bean is a one-stop shop for Old Town's coffee and wine lovers. Unlike other spots on this list, it isn't the type of place where you can pick up a latte on the way to the office. In fact, Grape Bean doesn't open its doors until 11:30 a.m. on weekdays (9 a.m. on Saturdays). Cups of Clover-brewed Counter Culture coffee and Devi teas are always on hand, and bags of whole beans roasted by Counter Culture, Bluebottle, Stump Town and Novo are available for the home coffee connoisseur. There is also an on-site wine bar, which offers wine by the glass as well as a menu of artisanal cheese, charcuterie, fresh salads and sandwiches. Open since early 2008, Grape Bean offers coffee, wine and beer tastings and classes that focus on specific regions and varietals. A second location is in the works, set to open in the nearby Rosemont neighborhood sometime in late 2011. -- Justin Rude, Sept. 23, 2011
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