During a recent visit to Chattanooga for a triathlon, I stayed at the Market City Center property managed by Stay Alfred. The balcony of our rental overlooked the alley entrance and outdoor seating area for The Mad Priest Coffee and Cocktail Bar.
The Cherry Street location offers an interesting blend of caffeine and alcohol. The long, narrow room featured a large bar on one side with coffee service at the end near the front entrance.
The convenient location made it easy for me to stop in for a quick snack after completing my portion of the race. I chose a Cortado and a Lemon Scone. The Cortado was balanced and well-crafted. The scone was fresh with a mild lemon flavor and light icing providing a hint of sweet. The two paired well together and left me satisfied.
The Mad Priest has plenty of seating including several chess tables and confessional-styled booths for patrons seeking more focused conversation. The interior has a comfortable, old-world feel. Colorful outdoor seating defines the patio on Cooper’s Alley off the rear entrance. The Mad Priest roasts beans off-site for use in the coffee bar as well as for retail sale. If your travels take you to downtown Chattanooga, Mad Priest Coffee and Cocktail Bar is worthy of a visit.