Maybe it's just my hazy memories of times of yore, but I remembered Elixr as being kind of dark and cave-like, with very grown up dark wallpaper and a warehousey/steampunk feel. It still has some of that, but they've added some whimsical wallpaper by artist Miriam Singer, and a floral ceiling installation, so it has more color and some sunshine (theoretically, if the sun ever ever comes out again). They also have many gorgeous West Elm catalogue style terrariums, which they've either successfully kept alive or keep replacing. Either way: pretty.
My partner was once briefly boycotting Elixr because they used non-union carpenters or something at some point. People should use union workers whenever possible, but I have forgiven Elixr for their trespasses against unions, and now I go there every month or so for good coffee in very pretty black mugs. Today I tried the beet hummus sandwich which sounds bizarre and included pickles but was excellent.
But the best thing I can say about Elixr is that today while I sat there editing a podcast they played Beyonce's Lemonade in full, twice, and I saw many people doing some excellent chair dancing/lip syncing. Then they played Wannabe by Spice Girls. I had to pack up and go then, but I wanted to give everyone a round of applause.
What I worried about at Elixr: Is there beet hummus on my chin? Am I ever going to get this audio synced up correctly? Why haven't I done the one easy and important thing I needed to do today? How noticeable is the hole in my jeans?
Address: 207 S Sydenham St, Philadelphia PA 19102
Hours: M-Sa 7-8, Su 8-7
Seating: mostly 2 tops inside, plus one large square shaped bench area that seats many, but is kind of awkward. Some 2 tops outside as well.