Say what you will about Prohibition, but I really like the idea of the speakeasy. A gathering place for people who are in-the-know, with an entryway that's a little bit hidden. Getting there can be an adventure, but once you've arrived it was totally worth the effort.
Aside from the fact that we don't have moonshine or smuggled Canadian whiskey on offer, The Hive now qualifies as a speakeasy in every other respect, since the City of Bellingham has begun their renovation of the Bay St/Chestnut St bridge!
It's still pretty easy to find us, but here are a few tips:
If you're arriving by car, head toward the water on Bay St and turn left into the parking lot just past the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center. Turn right when you reach the alley, and we're the last door on the right before you hit the orange construction barriers. Parking has always been a challenge here, but if you're coming to work on the weekends, or attending evening activities, you should still be able to find a spot next to the building. As always, you're welcome to park outside the building for loading/unloading...and we still have lockers available for rent ($10/month is cheaper than a parking ticket!) so you don't have to drag your things back and forth every time.
Bicyclists may want to park their rides on Commercial street and cut through the Trico parking lot, or can also bring their bikes inside. We do have limited space, however, so please understand if we can't always accommodate indoor bike parking.
Summer is a great season to make time for making. See you soon!
Graphic source: www.cob.org/documents/pw/engineering/er0013-detour-map.pdf