MadHouse gives us a break from the grind 


The 24-hour coffee shop’s decadent drinks pass our java taste test

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Situated across the street from the sprawling Desert Breeze park off Desert Inn Road, MadHouse Coffee is certainly a spot to indulge in your coffee cravings.

The best part?  You can do it at any time.  This cozy little spot is open 24 hours a day and if you somehow happen to end up in the mood for one of their red velvet mochas or a “More Cowbell” sandwich at 3 a.m., then fret not, for your solution is down the road.

The Only downside? The second MadHouse spot, off of Eastern and Pebble stays open from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., but that’s still good enough for most.

The atmosphere of MadHouse certainly lives up to its namesake — or at least the interior decorations do.

Ranging from bizarrely painted tables to hairy lampshades hanging from above and a very odd rendering of the Mona Lisa, even the hookah placed off on a shelf adds to it all. I’m only left wondering where the Cheshire cat has run off to.

The best part of MadHouse comes in the form of their decadently delicious drinks. I had the “Monkey Mocha”, which is made up of a blend of peanut butter, banana and mocha, then topped with whipped cream and some chocolate syrup. Yes, it was just as perfect as it sounds.

Other indulgent offerings are on the menu as well, ranging from the red velvet mocha to the “Mad Cow,” a hazelnut latte.

Since the coffee shop also emphasizes its bakery and sandwich creations, I decided to give one a try and went with the “Island of Capri.” Featuring the wholesome goodness of focaccia bread, freshly sliced mozzarella, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and oregano, I suddenly felt like I was at some cafe off the coast of Italy, before looking out the window and remembering the sad truth  of, well, being stuck in Vegas.

While there isn’t much space for studying, nor any tables fit for a large group study session, this is the perfect spot to quickly grab a drink (its drive-thru equipped!) at any time of day, and if you’re hungry too, well, look no further.

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