Ubuntu hour is almost upon us again (June 7th, 2013) and I’m still deliberating where to hold the next Ubuntu hour. Here is a summary of what we’ve tried in the past along with the pros and cons:
- Misty Mountain – 1st meeting place – pros: can just buy a coffee, tea, or soft drink. Close to downtown bus station. Has a private room with a big screen t.v. we can hook up to and a door that can be closed for noise. Has outlets for notebooks all over and free wifi. Cons – the room is a bit small if the group gets bigger than 8 and limited food, limited downtown parking, limited accessibility.
- Cafe Pyrus – 2nd meeting place – pros: variety of food, free wifi, centrally located for bus takers, can just order coffee. Cons – music tends to overpower discussions sometimes, sometimes has live entertainment, limited downtown parking.
- Egg Roll King – 3rd meeting place – pros: variety of food, on #8 bus line, generally very accommodating. Cons – generally more expensive than cafes, not as close to downtown, limited parking, no wifi, smaller space.
- Williams Cafe – 4th meeting place – pros: variety of food, can have only coffee, free wireless, ample parking. Cons – out of the way for Waterloo attendees, no outlets (well 1, but this is ridiculous), not really accommodating to groups larger than 4 to 6 people.
What I’ve been hoping for is a place that meets the following critera:
- Is centrally located, preferably downtown Kitchener.
- Has good food and coffee, but isn’t a spot where people have to buy more than a coffee or two.
- Must have and be willing to let us use their power outlets.
- Has enough space to accommodate a group of 6-12 (or more would be better).
- Isn’t overly noisy.
- Has free wireless Internet access.
- Has enough parking.
- Is open when we meet 7-8pm (or 9pm).
Can anyone else think of other places that might be more suitable in Kitchener? Do we need to go to Waterloo?