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Uptown Tunnel Coffee launches fresh mocktail menu for spring

Uptown Tunnel Coffee launches fresh mocktail menu for spring

Spring in Williamstown, MA means warm walks home, venturing out again after a long winter of hibernation, and recovering from cabin fever. Uptown Tunnel Coffee at 81 Spring St. in downtown Williamstown offers an intimate indoor space and airy outdoor patio to destress after a long day with specialty espresso and tea drinks, and a new menu of mocktails prepared to order. Visitors can relax with a book or with friends and enjoy creative libations prepared by Tunnel City baristas to help shed the day. 

Those who know Tunnel City Coffee as the place to grab a mug of coffee before work have already found their morning spot, but the end of the workday beckons with Uptown Tunnel’s menu of specialty mocktails. Created by mixology-trained barista Matt Rose, the creative menu has a little something for everyone, from those seeking the warmth of a Mexican Spiced Mocha or the refreshing cool down of a Rosemary Mule. 

“These drinks give a refreshing twist to our menu,” says Rose. “They’re simple, delicious and we look forward to the future possibility of sourcing our infusing herbs from local farms.”

Article photos by Makayla McGeeney

Article photos by Makayla McGeeney

Uptown’s new mocktail menu celebrates classic flavors in creative new ways, making use of elegant Monin syrups and natural flavors like lemon, lime, grapefruit and ginger. Those looking to indulge in an afternoon beverage can find enjoy something decadent and sweet, an icy drink with sparkling fruit flavors, or an artisanal soda they might just be craving that day. 

Uptown Tunnel offers something for every kind of palate, and baristas are always working on inventing new plays on traditional staples and working with flavors they think customers will love. Stop in at Uptown Tunnel any day 9am-10pm for a specialty drink and delicious pastry with friends or by yourself for a few quiet moments in an intimate setting. 

Uptown Tunnel hosts poetry night with WordxWord April 20

Uptown Tunnel hosts poetry night with WordxWord April 20

A lot of poetry is born and raised in coffee shops. Join WordXWord and Tunnel City Coffee on April 20 at 6:30pm to celebrate National Poetry Month. What better way to honor the art of words than to surround ourselves with coffee and literature? 

Poets hoping to read at the event should pre-register to guarantee a spot. Those who recite a poem related to the theme of coffee or cafe culture automatically enter into a raffle to win a $50 Tunnel City Coffee gift card.

Baristas will serve samples of Tunnel City’s small-batch specialty coffee roasted at its new Norad Mill facility in North Adams, MA, and a just-launched menu of hot and cold specialty mocktails. Full-sized mocktails like lavender lemonade and Mexican spiced mocha will be available to order at the event, as well as the shop's traditional espresso and tea creations. 

Berkshires-based poet community WordxWord will be featured at this special evening of poetry alongside Tunnel City at Uptown Tunnel Coffee, located at 81 Spring St. in downtown Williamstown, MA.  

Tunnel City Coffee runs three shops in the northern Berkshires, one inside Mass MoCA, another inside the Williams College bookstore and its flagship shop on Spring St. in Williamstown. Tunnel City operates its own roasting facility inside the historic Norad Mill of North Adams. To learn more about Tunnel City Coffee, stop in or contact Sydney Lester at 

Uptown Tunnel Coffee launches mocktails and Vinyl Night with Toonerville Trolley Records

Uptown Tunnel Coffee launches mocktails and Vinyl Night with Toonerville Trolley Records

Tunnel City Coffee welcomes the public to escape cabin fever with an evening of great coffee and great music at its newest Williamstown cafe, Uptown Tunnel Coffee at 81 Spring St., on February 24 from 6-8pm.   

Uptown will launch its first menu of specialty mocktails during Vinyl Night, which will become part of Uptown’s permanent offerings. Williamstown staple Toonerville Trolley will also sell records from its collection, as owner Hal March works to sell off most of the precious vinyl he’s amassed over the years.

Coffee and vinyl go hand in hand, so it was only a matter of time before they came together at Uptown Tunnel Coffee.

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Folks joining in on Vinyl Night will find punk, free jazz, reggae and industrial noise records for sale. March prides himself on offering music for every kind of listener, from heavy grunge to soft jazz. Like thoughtfully prepared specialty coffee, there is a unique and valuable quality to a vinyl record that other music media cannot match.

“A collector wants a record because it’s unique,” says March. “It’s not just the music. It's the entire package; the cover, the nostalgia—these records are historic.”

With such a deep appreciation for music in the northern Berkshires, as shown by the annual Solid Sound Festival, FreshGrass Festival and the powerful presence of jazz, chamber and world music at Williams College, Uptown Tunnel Coffee looks forward to celebrating our collective history in vinyl with local musicians and music disciples.

“Maybe those who attend will pick up a new record and expand their horizons a little bit,” said Tunnel City Coffee barista and vinyl lover Ian Everhart. “I really like that this is a collaboration of different small businesses in the Berkshires. We’re all small businesses and there’s no reason we can’t all work together to improve our area and create things for people to do.”

For more information visit the Facebook event page