Many might know of the Hive as local influencer Jemimah Wei’s Instagram-worthy office space, but there’s more to this lively coworking space than that. The Hive boasts an international community and events that are as hip as its location around the popular bar district of Hong Kong Road. We speak to the Hive’s Location Manager, Yun, for the inside scoop.
Image credit: The Hive Singapore Facebook
A typical working day for Yun includes taking care of their members’ needs, as well as conceptualising events for their community and the public. The space has a mix of individual entrepreneurs and young startups from various industries, ranging from tech to creative. “The bulk of our members [are] expats with small companies or have found base in Singapore,” Yun says, estimating that the ratio of locals to expats stands at around 40:60.
What ties the members together is their passion and friendliness. “The culture in the Hive is very friendly and warm, and this spirit rubs off on our members, who in turn have a positive disposition daily. Perhaps it’s the style of our interior and the way we’ve designed our space, but it always feels like home here,” Yun shares.
Image credit: The Hive Singapore website
The Hive would certainly make a cosy home, with an understated interior decked out in earthy neutral tones. Upstairs, the rooftop lounge is a well-loved hangout where casual meetings and beer chats go down.
Unsurprisingly, the open-air rooftop is Yun’s favourite feature of the space. “By day it’s a very cosy spot for members to utilise for work, lunch and meetings and by night, the versatile converted into an event space for multiple uses,” she says.
The Hive’s rooftop is versatile indeed– it even doubled as a runway for a catwalk and fashion bazaar event in December 2016, one of the most memorable events for Yun, who reminisces, “The evening was spectacular but it wasn’t without long days and nights of hard work. It was a wild ride but one I personally wouldn’t trade for anything.”
Fashion may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Yun assures that they have other regular events as well. “One of our key events is Thursday Social, a monthly networking session on the rooftop where entrepreneurs can meet and widen their network. Members and non-members both enjoy these evenings as it’s a casual night of building new connections. We also have Open Air Cinema Club, an arm of the Hive where we screen commercial films on our outdoor rooftop on a monthly basis.”
And with its prime location, there is no lack of other post-work entertainment options around The Hive. Yun shares, “On Hong Kong Street alone there are bars which can spoil one silly. 28 Hong Kong Street is a fantastic speakeasy with the best cocktails in town, and Vasco serves up fantastic dishes and drinks to boot.”
That aside, the food in the area is good too. “I have a deep weakness for local food, and BK Eating House is my top choice for Indian food (Mutton Briyani) and Chinese delicacies (Mee Sua all the way). On the same street where the coffee shop sits, there’s a row of many choices like Thai, Malay and Western.”
With delicious food in the vicinity, no lack of creative events, and a buzzing community, The Hive Singapore mirrors the diversity and liveliness of the other coworking spaces that the brand has set up all around Asia.
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Header image credit: Original image by The Hive Singapore Instagram, edited by Coworking Singapore