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Caffe Lena


Caffe Lena is widely recognized as the oldest continuously operating coffeehouse in the United States. It is an internationally renowned cultural center and an American treasure. Opened in 1960, the cafe has helped to launch many of America's best loved songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco and many more.

Upon the death of our founder, Lena Spencer, in 1989, Caffe Lena was converted to a non-profit institution which today continues as a living legend: breathing in ideas, dreams, and possibilities-breathing out music, poetry and theater. Caffe Lena has always been a place where people renew their faith in the power of music. They come up the stairs and enter a room where a world-class performer is only feet away from the audience, where they can see every movement of fingers on frets and feel a foot tapping rhythm on the stage.


Katharine McGaughey

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Dad used to work there. Friends do too. And the love Me singing and playing the piano at open Mic nights. My mom has also done storytelling gigs there on and off since before I was born. Her picture is on the poster downstairs in the lobby. My dad also has the main room in honor of him since they renovated. He was chairman of the board til 12 yrs ago. But still comes. Just not as much.

Gregory Sheldon

Friday, March 16, 2018
Literally had the time of our lives here. We attended one of the shows in the bright series. A little wine some wonderful coffee fresh made cookies and bluegrass. Everyone there went out of their way to make this a wonderful romantic and extremely special evening the people were fun and adventurous and very kind

Albert Pagano

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Historic coffeehouse music venue that has had a major update without losing the original charm. They are also expanding their booking to include more jazz, R&B , and gospel. Word to the wise food options are limited Eat before you arrive.

Edwin Andrews

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Love this coffee house, slash music venue. The recent remodel has expanded and totally reconfigured the performance space, keeping the warm and intimate feel, while adding an outstanding modern sound system. Good coffee and snacks served by volunteers. World class performances, up close and personal.

Ben Fronczek

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
I went for open mix night and it was such a great experience with an eclectic mixture of talents getting in stage. The staff/volunteers were kind and the new venue is stellar!

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