Tired of the coffee shops in the city and want to go somewhere totally new and poles apart from your usual haunt? Then The Ink Factory on Wellington Quay is a place you have to check out straight away. You can sip away on a cup of the good stuff while contemplating getting a tattoo, piercing or a haircut. Or if you have a curious/cruel streak like me you can just enjoy a coffee while hoping to watch someone else doing so.
The Ink Factory only opened up last week, and I wasn't sure when I heard about it on Twitter if it would be amazing or just way too out there trying to be cool. I stopped in there today to escape the rain and get a cup of coffee though and really loved the place. There's a surprisingly chilled out vibe there and the interior is edgy as you would expect with lovely wood and steel finishings and really interesting art on the walls. They have a nice little cushioned window seat as well if you're lucky enough to nab it. The place is an entirely new concept for a space in the city, and I just love the idea of someone mashing together their passions into one place, even if they seem to clash at first. It gives a nice energy to the place.
The Ink Factory serves up delicious Fixx Coffee. I'm not the biggest coffee drinker but the cappuccino they served up was amazing. I enjoyed it while reading their magazines and hoping to overhear someone squealing with pain while getting a tattoo.
The team working in The Ink Factory are really friendly and good banter. I was slightly nervous going in that it would be a bit cliquey but they were so welcoming despite me being a non-tattooed square. They even tried to throw in a piercing with the coffee, I declined but appreciated the offer. I was thinking as I left that it's probably a good thing they don't sell alcohol in there as I definitely would have taken them up on it.
I know it might sound a little too random for some people, but trust me this is definitely a place to check out. And a perfect spot to sit back and people watch with a coffee for a while, and who knows you may emerge with a whole new look!