Wonder Coffee & Sports Bar is a coffee shop, Ethiopian restaurant, burger joint, sports bar, dessert stand, and karaoke venue in the Central District, where the Wonder Bread bakery used to be. On a Saturday night, the crowd is thick but serene, people are dressed real nice, and the decor is fancy-ish and anonymously modern, with sleek black booths, cloth tablecloths, and walls painted the color of basketballs. Suddenly imparting a different feeling, the actual front end of an actual sports car rests just inside the South Jackson Street entrance. "I don't know whose it is, or why it's there, or how it got there," a bartender says.
The car at Wonder Coffee & Sports Bar has flip-up headlights, summoning memories of Capitol Hill's former Club Lagoon and the glorious fiberglass Lamborghini mounting its roof. Retro-futuristic airbrushed planets embellish the hood, along with glowing rings, lots of stars, and, behind them all, the vast blackness of outer space. A guy seated nearby wears a tank top and a scrunched-up leather cowboy hat. He's meaty and relaxed, and it's easy to picture him inside this vehicle, driving through video games and casually murdering aliens, accompanied by strange passengers: a floating pet of some kind, or perhaps a blond, spandexed woman, made of television vapor and suffused in dry ice.
Happy hours: Daily 4–7 pm.
Happy-hour drink specials: $3.99 Shock Top and Pacifico drafts; $3.99 house wine; $4.99 Long Island iced tea.
Happy-hour food specials: Choices like chicken wings, french fries, nachos, and an injera roll for $3.99 each, plus samosas for $1.99 apiece.