Free Wi-Fi?

I tend to get a lot of my commissioned writing finished in coffee shops. I like the atmosphere, the people, the smell, the noises, the bad local student paintings… I soak them in. It’s a culture like no other I’ve known. But there’s one thing I expect when I’m at a coffee shop: Free Wi-Fi. I don’t get that at Starbucks (though I do pay for the silly service there). I don’t get that at half the places I frequent. But many do.

Then I came to find out there are a lot of places that offer free Wi-Fi outside of coffee shop. I can’t seem to figure out why anyone would go to somewhere else than a coffee shop, but I compiled a list for you, in case the mood strikes. See the list after the jump.

Apple Store 3000 East 1st Avenue
Capri Coffee Break 728 South University Boulevard
Common Grounds Coffee 3484 W 32nd Ave
Daphne’s Deli 393 Corona
Denver Public Library Central 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Diedrich Coffee 1209 E 9 Avenue
Diedrich Coffee 110 16th Street
Diedrich Coffee 1200 Clayton Street
Guzel Coffee & Spirits 2817 East 3rd Avenue
Hooked on Colfax 3215 E Colfax
Java Creek 287 Columbine St
Milo’s Sports Tavern 6495 E Evans Ave.
Panera Bread 1330 Grant Street
Panera Bread 240 Milwaukee Street
Panera Bread Stapleton 3700 Quebec Street
Paris On The Platte 1553 Platte Street
Perk Hill Coffee 2202 Kearney Street
Scooter Joe’s Coffee & Tea 726 Lincoln Street
Stop Cafe 2816 East 3rd Avenue
The WashPark Coffee Company 712 1/2 South Pearl Street
Tuk Tuk Thai Grill 8000 E Quincy Avenue
CU Health Sciences Denison Library 4200 East 9th Avenue
DU Penrose Library 2150 East Evans Avenue
DU Westminster Law Library 2255 East Evans Avenue
Whole Foods Market 7400 East Hampden Ave.
Witz Coffee Shop 1489 Steele St.

8 Comments so far

  1. Jim Turner (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    Great list Kyle, I would like to see the City of Denver adopt a Wifi program.

  2. KYLE (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    No problem, Jim. You know the city of Philadelphia (my hometown) JUST implemented the first free city-wide Wi-Fi. My buddies back home tell me it come in handy in a pinch… I don’t our town is progressive enough (and we dont want to spend the millions it would take). But a great idea. Someone call Hicky right now!

  3. Jim Turner (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    I think the City of Boston just adopted the same program.

    I’m sponsoring a blog conference, and wifi on the ship is a king’s ransom for just four days.

  4. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

    Great list. I was pretty amused when Conor O’Neill’s in Boulder joined the ranks of the wi-fi’d–I would not have expected patrons of an Irish Pub to greatly demand internet access. Me, I have a two-drink limit before I have to cancel my blog-and-forum trawl for fear of drunken posting.

    Y’all may want to take a look at Wi-Fi Free Spot, a web site totally dedicated to keeping track of free wi-fi everywhere. If you know of a hot spot that this web site doesn’t know about, email the webmaster. He’ll usually update the site before the day is out.

  5. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

    Oh! And speaking of entire cities springing for wi-fi, y’all do know that Boulder’s whole Pearl Street Mall is a hot spot, right?

  6. Bart (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

    St Mark’s also has free wifi. They charged for awhile, but are once again free.

  7. hubs (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    you missed my two favorite places for free wifi:
    Williams bar on 17th – the seediest bar you’ll find with free wifi
    Uptown Tavern also on 17th – just up the street and just upscale from williams

    free wifi and beer, what acombination!

  8. Denver Coffee Blogger (unregistered) on February 26th, 2006 @ 11:08 am

    Most of the places on my blog ( have free WiFi. If they don’t it is indicated on the blog.

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