Friday, May 30, 2008

Late nights: The Beehive

Away from the faux-swank lounges of downtown Boston, the Beehive is a true gem of the South End. Named after La Ruche, an artists' residence in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris during the 1920's, the Beehive is a unique alternative to other late night spots. Filled with the work of local artists on its exposed brick walls, funky antique style wrought iron and crystal chandeliers hanging from the high ceilings, and the sounds of a local jazz band resonating throughout basement space, the air seems cozier, French-ier and hip-without-being-too-overly-hip. Who knew Boston could be so cool?

For drinks we tried the Pimms Cup, a classic mix of Pimms and ginger ale, with a cucumber and lime garnish. The well-balanced champagne cocktail, La Vie En Rose, contained a lychee infused cognac. Despite the hour, the kitchen stayed open and served a small late-night menu. The frites were hand cut strips of potato that were lightly salted and served with deliciously crispy fried sage leaves. The "poutine" was not really poutine, and instead an admittedly very tasty combination of frites, rich gravy and melted cheese. As a poutine aficionado I take issue with the menu label, but would still order this item again.

The Beehive: Great drinks, good food, and an atmosphere that will make you feel hip just by being there.


The Beehive (Eatery & Bar)
541 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-0069

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