I've been living in the 78704 area code for almost three years now, and I absolutely love Flipnotics on Barton Springs. I usually get their New Orleans-style coffee which is a nice, spicy chicory-flavored coffee that isn't overpowering but satisfies. Their Frappes are delicious too... I usually get the vanilla-flavored one during the Summer, and it's pretty much a vanilla coffee-flavored milkshake with QUITE the caffeine boost. The service is hip and nonchalant, but is always very helpful and unpretentious. The outdoor deck offers free wireless and is great for studying. They opened up a new location in the Triangle late this summer, but I haven't been to it yet... I imagine it's much newer and lacks the severe eclectic feel that the Barton Springs location has.
It's a truly LOCAL Austin coffeehouse and the owners are wonderful people. I'm happy to see that they're still going strong (15 years) even after the Austin Java parasite set root across the street, and that the people who are truly local don't go to the dark side! (lol)!
The only downside is that their light fare (sandwiches, salads, ect.) can be a tad pricey, but their wide variety of samosas (which are outsourced) are a great cheap alternative for a quick bite.
Anyone else have thoughts on this place?