Dinner at the Beat Hotel
We are fans of the Beehive in the South End, and so we were excited to visit the Beat Hotel, a new Harvard Square spot by the same team. The restaurant was inspired by a small hotel in the Quartier Latin neighborhood of Paris which was frequented by beat writers during the 1950s and 60s. The space aims to capture the bohemian mood and artistic atmosphere of its namesake. Beaded curtains and peace signs are a nod to 60s decor, and local artists were invited in to personalize the space with murals and painted columns.
As with the Beehive, the Beat Hotel celebrates live music. No matter where you sit you feel part of the live performance, as the restaurant is one large space. We love sipping a cocktail or enjoying dinner while listening to live music, so this focus was a huge plus for us!
The wine list features American wines, many biodynamically or organically grown. All are “on tap,” and can be ordered by half-glass, glass, and carafe. The skilled bartenders can prepare the classics or one of the more unique cocktails on the list – for example, one of the champagne cocktails included apple brandy and bitters. Two long bars provide plenty of space for those who like to perch on a stool and people-watch. Appetizers include oysters, salads, and platters to share, such as the Bohemian platter, a selection of hummus, dips, and pickles. Among the mains, the Tandoori Spiced Halibut was delicious and unique. The Earth Bowls, full of grains, roasted vegetables and optional fish or meat, were wholesome and good.
Taking the steps down from the Brattle street sidewalk into the Beat Hotel, we felt transported to a different time and place. We will definitely be back for anther trip!
Image Credit: Mike Diskin.
Beat Hotel. 13 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Open 7 days a week, Thursday-Saturday, 5 pm-2 am; Sunday-Wednesday, 5 pm-1 am. For more information, take a look at the Beat Hotel website.