I'm looking to see where geeks hang out in mountain view? Coffee shops, co-working spaces, etc.
Not to be flip, but literally anywhere. Mountain View is a pretty small place with just one main street - Castro St. You'll see people coding on laptops at every cafe and restaurant around there.
It's the same way in Palo Alto around University Ave and to a lesser extent, Menlo Park around Santa Cruz Ave. Your biggest problem with be the inability to escape the "tech world" since nearly everyone you meet will work in tech.
But if you want to meet up with someone to code or chat, the suggestions for both RedRock Coffee (Mountain View) and Philz Coffee (Palo Alto) are great.
People will say "literally anywhere", and its true that those are the places that geeks hang out (they outnumber non-geeks by 5:1). But finding geeks that are actually open to conversations is harder - there isn't really a place that people hang out where they're open to new people except bars or interest meetups.
You'll see a lot of people say "Red Rock", and there is a reason why. It's very friendly to tech meetings. They have an upstairs with a bunch of power and wifi, and they don't seem to kick anyone out even if they stay for hours.
I've attended multiple meetings there as both a founder and investor. It's kinda funny actually how much of a default meeting place it is.
Also the office for 500 startups is right down the street, so you'll see a bunch of the 500 startups people roaming around.
Isn't this like asking, "I'm going to a Major League Baseball game. Where can I hang out with baseball fans?"
1. Red Rock in downtown Mtn View - great place to work / meetup / chat with fellow geeks. Best thing - great Wifi! 2. Data St Coffee is also great - though Wifi isn't as good 3. Mtn View Library is also good - but my experience with Wifi wasn't as great 4. Hacker Dojo, when it was in Mtn View, is a great place. Now it's moved to Santa Clara
Hana Haus in Palo Alto is a great co-working space, and is about a 15 minute drive from MV. Otherwise I really enjoy the Mountain View public library, just make sure to get there early before it gets flooded with engineers and Stanford students. The study environment there is even more intense than my old college library.
Check out the meetup.com scene in the South Bay Area; lots of fun events hosted at Google, LinkedIn, Nvidia, various small startups etc close enough to Mountain View. Search for a piece in a tech stack of interest and you'd usually find some hits. Check their recent calendar of past events to gauge how active they are.
It's pretty incredible how many people rock climb (at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale). People are interested in talking there as well, as opposed to lots of cafes where people are heads down.
Meetup groups for things like Ultimate Frisbee, Spikeball are good too.
The Bierhaus and Steins are fine establishments but Mountain View is a strange place and I soon left for the City. As an expat, I absolutely recommend the best way to meet people is to go out on a bike ride with a local group (try Alto Velo) nobody cares who you are or what you do, but everyone is pleased to see you. Do well.
Thanks for the suggestions!
I curated a list based on the feedback.
- RedRock Coffee 9x - Philz Coffee 2x - Olympus Caffe & Bakery - Coffeebar - HackerDojo - Dana St Coffee - Coupa Cafe - Y2E2
I talked to a friend who recently moved to MV, and she told me Red Rock does have poor wifi; too many people using it?
When I move to Mountain View - I'll be sure to post it on Hackernews so I can meet up with some folks.
I love programming and I also enjoy playing bullet chess. :)
Try the Hacker Dojo, was in MV, now in Santa Clara. https://hackerdojo.com/
Another option is Specialty's (the built-in typo always makes me cringe) on Ellis St by 101. It's more of a bakery/cafe. Symantec is down the street. Parking is a problem anytime around lunch. WiFi was a problem for months on end; I haven't tried it lately.
Trivia: when Moffett Field was still a thing, that 101 exit was known as Moffett South Gate.
Anywhere is the truth, if you really want to actually meet people who share interests then go to those sorts of places (cycling events, rock climbing gym, etc).
Red Rock is a great coffee shop, I'm partial to Dana St, there's the hacker dojo, but for me I enjoy the friends I've found outside of the "forced" situations.
Welcome! RedRock is a nice place to work out of, although it gets busy and hard to get a seat if you turn up after ~10am, but gets quiet again in the afternoon. I also like working (on https://ipinfo.io) from the library, which has tons of desks and great wifi.
Afternoon hangout is Red Rock cafe, as many have mentioned. Evening hang out is Steins Beer Garden (usually on the outdoor patio - you'll find a lot of big groups there).
Philz Coffee on Middlefield Rd. is an excellent place to work. I wrote large portions of WebTorrent and StandardJS at that coffee shop.
Hit me up, we can go for lunch and socialize :P disclaimer: i work in tech
Coupa Cafe on Ramona St. in Palo Alto, or the one in Y2E2 at Stanford.
I'll be surprised if human's communicate with each other in Silicon Valley?
Do update this thread in few months if you happen to really connect with fellow geeks :)
Umm.. This new place called anywhere!?