The Beehive, Brixton - pub details
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|Popped in for a drink one evening about a month ago. Usually with Wetherspoons pubs you know what to expect, but not this one. The place smelled terrible, like mothballs. The one beer I had was pretty grim, I can't remember what it was but I don't think I was too adventurous. I won't be back. |
booozo - 30 Aug 2011 16:34
|Have had some memorable times in here eating and drinking before a gig at the Academy. The locals say that on non-gig nights the place is fairly quiet - but before gigs it is crowded, and you can feel the excitement. The place is poorly run and is not too clean. The bar staff struggle with most things - they are under stress and often out of their depth so check you are getting the right drinks, food and change. |
SilkTork - 22 Mar 2011 12:06
|Oh. dear, this was the second weatherspoons I visited over the weekend, one in Aylesbury Buckinghamshire where the bar staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgable and the atmosphere was relaxed but smart, here however is the other end of the scale smelly loos, bleak surroundings, staff who have not grasped English let alone the fine points of real ale, we were there for 20 minutes and had to seperate beggers ask for money. Asked for a pint of abbot ale, was told "NO" without any explanation, had to settle for an ice cold John Smiths which didn't challenge the taste buds much. Just about ok for a pre-gig quick beer but please don't consider eating here.|
davehowe - 23 Jan 2011 19:54
|If we were still in the 18th or 19th century then the Beehive would be a ‘gaudy gin palace’. It is a noisy place, the toilets are repulsive and unhygienic and there are often robust exchanges of views among the punters that can and do become physical. |
The clientele is replete with comic and tragic characters: the insane, pished old men, the local benefiterati, wheelers and dealers, bull-shitters, shop lifters, pavement princesses, students as well as market and office workers and ne-er do wells of every race, class, nation and trade. Every night the place echoes their course laughter and arguments onto Brixton high Street.
People going to gigs at the Academy regularly pop in for a few snifters on their way to concerts. Sometimes respectable lost white tourists from the suburbs visiting ‘vibrant’ Brixton make the mistake of coming in for a restorative ale and a ploughman’s lunch much to the amusement of locals.
The staff is mostly foreign and nobody with a human heart can regard their situation without pity: invariably badly paid, overworked with no union representation and rudely treated by their punters – demonstrating that no native born Brit would choose to suffer such exploitation unless really desperate.
In summary, the Beehive remains a no nonsense working class pub in an ever gentrifying Brixton. The Beehive most accurately reflects Brixton’s multicultural demographic make up. As Brixton turns into Clapham and poor people are more and more pushed further out of London, one can draw some comfort that there is for the time being at least such an oasis free from pretentious arty-fartyness and vulgar ostentation. For all these reasons the Beehive is probably looked down upon by the snootier neighbouring establishments. Cheers.
UncertainTrumpet - 9 Dec 2010 14:03
|Noisy,smells of B.O.Worst Wetherspoons I have been in upto now.|
basil2009 - 16 Oct 2010 09:18
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