Ahh... Au Coquelet, the welcoming Berkeley cafe where you can get a cup of coffee at the crack of dawn and come back after midnight for another cup with an Irish kick, indulge in a fresh fruit torte or any of the homemade desserts. No matter what time of day you opt to sit for a spell in the brick-walled Berkeley institution, the tables are sure to be dotted with people typing at laptops, thumbing through books, or just shooting the breeze.
This sleek, loungey little wine/sake bar boasts an interesting menu of nigori cocktails, a dozen or so largely satisfying noshes, and an ambient conviviality that belies its proto-IKEA design scheme.
Dinner: Mon.-Thu. 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri. 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sat. 5-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Lunch: Tue.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.