I went to Beehive a few times when it first opened but have not gone in a while. I went back this weekend for a friend's party. I liked it enough when it first opened, but it's lure was never strong enough to wrench me away from Green St. or No. 9 Park for cocktails. After this weekend, I doubt I will go back again.
The bouncers started forming a line outside at 8pm. WHAT!?!?! This is Boston. It was crowded, but not packed from 8 - 10:30, so the line thing was annoying and blatantly a move to create buzz.
It doesn't seem that the star bartenders who were there working a shift or two each week when the place first opened are still there, or at least they weren't there this weekend. Instead, 3 of the 5 bartenders working that night gave some of the least attentive, and even downright rude service I have had in a long time. They gave the impression that they were doing us a favor by taking our drink orders, but they weren't skilled enough (or good-looking enough - lol) to get away with it - no one is.
The drinks are good, but the thought of paying more per drink at the Beehive than at No. 9 Park (and getting John Gertsen's painfully great service) is disheartening.
I had an old-fashioned - good, but I prefer them without a muddled cherry
a negroni - fine
sips of a Chartreuse Gimlet - good if you love chartreuse (I do), but I think Green Ghosts are much more balanced
and a moscow mule - weak and using a ginger beer with little bite
A line at 8pm, inattentive and rude service, and grossly overpriced drinks is a recipe for FAIL. Also, the place was crawling with the Ladies who Lunch crowd from the suburbs.
I tried Highland Kitchen this weekend, too. What a great place. Their old-fashioneds, which were better than Beehive's only cost $4.25 (i.e. less than half the price). The food and service were also great.