Jazz Up Your Weekends with Brunch at the Beehive

December 22, 2015

Escape holiday stress by taking the family out to a jazz brunch in the South End, where the food is matched only by the melodies.

Nicole Fleming
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In a blithely bohemian fashion, the Beehive is comfortable being many things to many people. The restaurant/live music club/art gallery is a staple of the social scene in Boston.

Over the past eight years, the venue has catered to a trendy, upscale clientele, with its Best of Boston-winning jazz scene getting particular attention. It's also recieved accolades for Best of Boston pick-up bar and kid-friendly brunch - how's that for broad appeal?

The Beehive is on Tremont Street in the South End, tucked inside the Boston Center for the Arts complex. One of its most popular offerings is the weekend jazz brunch, a perfect setup to get the family out of the house—and yourself out of the kitchen—during the holidays.

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The food blends traditional American comfort food with Middle Eastern and Eastern Europe influences. For instance, the popular “eggs shakshuka” stars two poached eggs over North African tomato stew and polenta, with Moroccan sausage available as an add-on.

Traditional brunch items are available—turkey hash, eggs Benedict, waffles—and lunch items include crispy calamari, “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs, and a quinoa and baby beet salad with goat cheese and candied walnuts. For your adventurous friends, the menu has more eclectic offerings, such as the seaweed and tofu beignet with apple-kimchee purée.

The hive makes the holiday party a daytime affair with a creative cocktail menu, including the “Carrot Margarita” with Milagro silver tequila, carrot, citrus and a black salt-chili-lime rim; the “Kentucky Orchard” with brown butter-infused bourbon, Allspice Dram and fresh apple cider; and the “Queen Bee,” with Tito’s Vodka, fresh grapefruit, eldflower and champagne. And for a holiday special, the “Perfect Espresso Eggnog Martini” is made with double espresso vodka, eggnog, nutmeg and a splash of bitters. (Liquor is the difference between brunch and breakfast, right?)

The jazz music features a rotating lineup of musicians each week, mixing in some traditional holiday tunes. Take the opportunity this holiday season to eat good food with family and friends, followed by a stroll through the South End, while the weather is still a balmy 45 degrees.

Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m to 3 p.m., with the live music from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

Beehive - 541 Tremont Street, Boston, 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com

Nicole Fleming is the author of The Girl Who Ate Boston food blog. Follow her on Twitter @GirlEatsBoston.

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