Beehive Sibling Beat Hotel Opens Tonight

By Scott Kearnan  |  September 12, 2013

Put a flower in your braided hair: Beat Hotel, a hip, hippie-ish hotspot, opens tonight. (Try saying that five times fast.) The Harvard Square restaurant and live music venue is a sibling to the South End's beloved Beehive. The 'hive has the relaxed, gypsy-glam vibe of a European boheme, and the team's Beat Hotel branch doesn't fall far from that tree: it's inspired by the beat movement of the mid-20th century and named for a French hotel where the influencers of that scene would gather. But the "American brasserie" also evokes the style of San Francisco in the Flower Power-era, adorned with the kind of cool, colorful art that wouldn't exactly seem out of place on Woodstock posters or vinyl sleeves from a Haight Street record store.

Once doors open at 5 PM tonight, expect Beat Hotel to start serving American spirits and wines alongside globally-inspired plates like seared duck and roasted lobster, an "Earth Bowl" of veggies and grains topped with chicken, shrimp, salmon, steak or a vegan alternative, and (old school foodies rejoice!) crispy tuna spring rolls made using the recipe from the late South End favorite Pho Republique. Add to it a lineup of jazz, blues and world music artists. Can we check in and never leave?