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Krescent Carasso

The Beehive

Bar Food  in  Mission
Written by
Krescent Carasso
Perfect For: Drinks & A Light Bite

Easily one of the saddest moments in movie history is when everyone laughs at Austin Powers in the 1990s because he doesn’t fit in. They don’t get his ’60s style and attitude, and it’s nothing short of heartbreaking. But if Austin had brought those people to The Beehive, he would’ve had the last laugh.

This Mission spot has a hyper-60s aesthetic, from the mid-century furniture to a playlist full of Stevie Wonder and Rolling Stones songs - the only things missing are ashtrays on every table. There’s a bright bar up front with vintage glassware and wallpaper that look like they were taken from the set of Bewitched, and in the back there’s a more relaxed lounge space. It’s dark with low seats and it’s all arranged where you could seamlessly jump into the group next to you’s conversation without it being weird or imposing, or at least ask what they’re drinking without them all staring at you like you’re from another planet.

The cocktails at The Beehive are excellent, and their namesake drink with gin and honey and the Thunderbird with tequila and grapefruit thyme jelly feel like what you should drink here. But if you really want to double down on the theme, you should order some fondue too. There are a few cheese options, but we like the Kaltbach version with saison. It’s good to split with a few people - partially because that’s what you’re supposed to do with fondue, but also because do you really want to say you ate a hot goblet of liquid cheese all by yourself? Probably not. The Swedish meatballs are also good, and the menu is full of other, less dinosauric options like barbecue spareribs and catfish sliders too.

There are a lot of things that got left in the ’60s, like crushed velvet suits and megalomaniac villains, and the world is better off because of it. But it’s still fun to idealize the best parts, and The Beehive does a solid job of this. From fondue to cocktails, there are plenty of reasons that this place should be on your shortlist of bars when you need a break from reality.

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