Hive: "Busy as a bee?" Top 5 Page for this destination Beijing Nightlife Tip by mke1963

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Misleadingly described as the 'Lady Street' area, the bars along the south side of Liangmaqiao Lu have not generally been popular with the more discerning tastes of Chinese and tourist visitors alike.
The plethora of neon lighting, poor service, poor quality and spitoon mentality of these bars make the area reminiscent of those sad bars you see in small-town China.
Things may be starting to change though, as bars like Hive appear on the scene.
Instantly recognisable by the sheet metal box covering its outside terrace, it is bringing a more stylish character to the neighbourhood.
Those fed up with the trampish hipness of Houhai or the tackiness of the Cantopop-laden Sanlitun may enjoy Hive for a change.
On the terrace, the thousands of holes drilled in the sheet metal provide daytime shade, but let the breeze through, and also keep out the endless stares of passers-by.
Hive is often empty, so it is not a place for people-watching, unless you are happy watching the comings and goings at the bus-stop outside. But it is a good place for a beer and a chat, away from Kenny G or Celine Dion.

Address: 35-1 Liangmaqiao Bei Lu
Directions: Three blocks west of the Kempinski, two blocks west of the norther end of Lady Street
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 10, 2004
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