living downtown can often mean living above something; we talked to a handful of residents about their experiences being the upstairs neighbor
Living above ... A Coffee Shop
Pros: "Easiest morning boost with no effort except to throw on some slippers and walk downstairs. Also we could snag Internet when it wasn't too busy."
Cons: "Really, the only downside is that I definitely spent too much money on coffee that year instead of just making it myself. That ease of access is dangerous."
Living above ... A Bar
Pros: “Me and one of my roommates got to know one of the bartenders because he would be outside smoking at the same times as us and he would hook us up with cheap drinks.”
Cons: “The noise from the bar got pretty bad, especially on weeknights when some of us had to get up early in the morning. Thursdays and Sundays were especially bad because there was karaoke night at the bar, and most people can’t sing for crap. ... There was a time when we were coming back after bar close with pizza and a bunch of the customers were out back hanging out after bar close. They saw our pizza and chased us into the apartment trying to get some. We had to have three people pull the door shut behind us.”
Living above ... A Law Office
Pros: “Because the office closed at 5pm every day and was never open on weekends, we didn’t have to worry about noise much after those times. Being a musician, that made practices really easy.”
Cons: “There wasn’t anything cool or easy about it. Unlike a restaurant or coffee shop or something, it’s not like I could stop down quick and grab something ... from the lawyers.”