The Refinery: Rockwell’s Newest Watering HoleJune 12, 2014
- Mikka WeeWords
Taking the place of what used to be Joya Drive’s iconic coffee location—Figaro—is The Refinery. Just a few steps from Rambla, it holds the monopoly for specialty coffee and cocktails in the Rockwell neighborhood.
The Refinery is definitely a breath of fresh air compared to its predecessor. You’ve got the interior that sets it apart from the mainstream—high ceiling, earthy wood paneling, halogen lamps, and mismatched furniture. I won’t go to great lengths and ramble on why I think it looks like something inspired by a Pinterest board (like most current establishments are), but one thing for sure is that The Refinery is certain of the crowd it wants to attract.
La Mill coffee is siphoned in various coffee machines, which is then prepared according to your liking. A stand-out is their Salted Caramel Latte, which was a good contender to their Valrhona Mocha—something I would order by default. Organic loose leaf tea is also available, as well as specialty concoctions such as the Blanco Y Negro, made from La Mill coffee granita and house-made Madagascar vanilla ice cream.
They also have an impressive cocktail menu that’s succinct but approachable—no complicated mixology here. The Bees Knees is a straightforward mix of gin, lemon, and Barenjager honey-flavored vodka, finished with egg whites and bitters. The Espresso Especial caters to coffee liqueur fanatics, while the Refinery Coconut Coffee presents a tropical alternative. The Sir Wiliam Soda is easy to down with a slight, prickly effervescence that turns it to a deceiving soft drink.
Aside from breakfast, The Refinery also has an All-Day Brunch selection that makes good use of eggs. Try their Refinery Benedict or their Shirred Truffle Eggs with Toast, or if you’re in the mood for a heavy filler, the Hangover Pasta is a fine choice.
Open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight, The Refinery is a place worth bookmarking should you find yourself in the Rockwell area, or make every day feel like a Friday night.