Monday, September 10, 2007

Review: The Beehive (541 Tremont St.)

I went to a really cool bar last night called The Beehive in Boston's South End. Instead of reviewing the bar, which has been done, I think I'll review the bathroom.

There is precedent for toilet humor on the NaturalBlog. There were the national bathroom rankings, which were blog fodder last year, and long-time readers could never forget the time I made a spreadsheet to determine whether the toilet seat should be up in your household (3d item). So today I'm going back to the bowl.

I'm writing about the Beehive bathroom because it was so nice. Not nice in the marble counter-and-soft handtowel kind of way, but in the fact that it met or exceeded all my expectations.

Spacious, with three stalls and two urinals. Thoughtful in design, which is to say there was a little divider between the urinals. Clean, meaning the graffiti wasn't too gritty, but the kind of graffiti you could take home to meet your parents.

What really won me over was the hand drying situation. Most places now give you either an air-dryer that's as strong as an airplane engine or one of those magical towel dispensers where you wave your hand in order advance the paper towels.

Naturally I prefer the touchless dispensers, since I'm so clean, but my complaint is always that you don't get a large enough square of paper towel. But not so at the Beehive. You get plenty. I put together this graphic to explain:

So say if you go to the Beehive, don't hold it. Use the bathroom. You won't be disappointed.

The Maker's Mark Manhattan was pretty good, too.



Anonymous Mrs. NB said...

Not only was the ladies' room clean (can't comment about the men's), it was pretty and had the greatest old-fashioned sink ever. Good place, all around.

September 10, 2007  
Anonymous holy moses said...

Not that I do not value your opinion, but until it is Larry Craig tested and approved (a clean get away, perhaps ?), I remain a skeptic.

September 10, 2007  
Anonymous wickedlocalgirl said...

sorry we couldn't make it! we went for a long run and then i had work to do... yada yada yada... we're boring.
til next time, king chi. and thanks for the bruise on my arm.

September 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen, I discovered those towel dispensers at least three years ago and I was so impressed that I put it on my wish list but then I found they were too large for domestic use . Incidentally, My discovery was in a hospital and not in a bar . I was only visting and not drinking . RZ

September 10, 2007  
Anonymous some guy said...

strangest blog entry ever.

but...I kept on what does that say about me??


September 10, 2007  
Anonymous Meredyth R. said...

I remain a devotee of the Xlerator. No paper towel dispenser can make me giggle like a giddy schoolgirl the way the Xlerator does as I watch my skin desperatately cling to my bones as moisture is blasted away.

September 11, 2007  
Anonymous Pn said...

As long as I can open the door with my paper towel and take a free-throw shot into an open trash bin as I exit, I am a happy camper.

September 11, 2007  
Anonymous Mrs. NB said...

Oh yeah, and my co-worker's daughter painted the whole place, including the bathrooms. Go. To. The. Beehive.

September 11, 2007  

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