Golden Bee – A Hive of Activity
Shoreditch cocktail bar Golden Bee has long been a popular destination mixing a relaxed weekday vibe with a thriving dance atmosphere at weekends. In operation since 2012, the Golden Bee boasts a first floor bar and lounge, mezzanine and, after an extensive renovation, a brand new rooftop terrace.
With stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Shoreditch area, the new space is decorated with palm trees, sofas, a fire pit and a retractable roof ready to deal with the unpredictable British summer.
Created by Grapes Design and built by Dawnvale, the rooftop terrace’s sweeping U-shaped bar serves delectable cocktails and other drinks until midnight at which point guests can make their way downstairs to keep the party going late. The new design has created an intimate feel with the palm trees breaking the space into secluded zones where guests can relax and sample the atmosphere – soaking in music from guest DJ’s or simply enjoying the views across the landscape.
Decking and a simple, soft colour scheme helps contribute to an overall laidback feel. The fire pit centres the space and will serve a more practical use as summer moves into autumn. The plan is for the terrace to take a new dimension later in the year with rooftop cinema screenings.
After an extravagant launch attended by some well-known local celebrities, early feedback on the terrace has been extremely positive. A number of national newspapers have already listed the revamped space as one of the best of its kind in London ahead what is sure to be a popular time for the venue.
Downstairs, the main bar remains a hive of activity with a large bar, dancefloor and a DJ booth. Also created by Grapes Design, the first floor bar is an eclectic mix of features that make a strong visual impression on both first time and returning visitors.
The main bar dominates the overall first floor space with a distinctive mix of gold lighting hanging from the ceiling and mirrors along the back of the bar. It also boasts a unique lighting system utilising shot glasses helping create the perfect atmosphere. Suede couches line to edge of the floor offering respite from the dancefloor.
The final piece of the Golden Bee jigsaw is the Mezzanine, with its own fully stocked bar along with comfy seating perfect for private events. Available for private hire during the week for between 15 and 30 guests, the Mezzanine also has a large TV screen and can house other forms of entertainment including photo-booths and gaming machines.
Dawnvale worked closely alongside Grapes Design and The Golden Bee helping with the design and installation of the venue’s rooftop bars and curved roof structure.
Commenting on the project, Dawnvale’s Jacob Regan said: “We had to take special consideration to the materials being used on this project due to the bars being outside and exposed to the weather. The black Granite bar top was specified because of its hard wearing abilities, but in doing so it was no easy task to create the curved bar top, the contrasting gold frontage works really well with the granite and we are really pleased the customer is over the moon with the finish.”
Open Tuesday thru Saturday, Golden Bee is open till 3am on Friday’s and Saturday’s with an extensive cocktail list ready to suit a range of preferences. Popular choices include Golden Bee (Jose Cuervo reposado tequila, Pisang Ambon liqueur, passion fruit puree, passion fruit syrup, apple and lemon juice) and Shoreditch Painkiller (Finlandia vodka, Disaronno Amaretto, Chambord, raspberry puree, egg white and Tropical Red Bull). A variety of Sushi platters are also available for pre-order.
Located in the trendy London district of Shoreditch, Golden Bee is easily accessible with a number of underground and over ground stations within walking distance.
For information on Golden Bee, please visit goldenbee.co.uk.