Chorus Karaoke & Bar, a popular fixture on Convoy Street, is about to expand in truly epic fashion. Scheduled to make its debut at the end of the month is Hive, a new dining, drinking and entertainment venue from owner Scott Na that will altogether span a whopping 18,000-square-feet in Kearny Mesa.
An adjacent space is being built out into a modern industrial 300-seat dining room and lounge featuring a huge 50-seat bar, dubbed "The Island", that will serve up infused spirits, barrel-aged cocktails, 50 taps of primarily local craft beer, and wine from California and Baja. Jay Choi, a Los Angeles transplant and Glenfiddich ambassador, will be heading the bar program and responsible for creating seasonal craft cocktail menus.
In the open kitchen, executive chef Q Yoo (former of Min Son Chon) will cook up a global menu that ranges from chicken wings to chimichangas and includes salads, flatbreads, and steak. Hive will initially operate from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., offering dinner and a late night menu, but will eventually expand with lunch service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The existing Chorus space will be remodeled, with seven new karaoke rooms added to take the total to 14 karaoke rooms that can accommodate six to 100 people. Each room will have state-of-the-art audio and visual features, as well as call buttons for ordering any items from the food and drink menu. GMs Phillip Pak and Eugene You, and FOH manager Johnny Ming tell Eater that the rooms will be decked out in themed decorations and sponsored by spirit brands that will offer specials on bottle service. Another new addition will be an arcade room, decked out with modern and retro games.
Hive will also be home to a 3,000-square-foot nightclub space, with DJs and dancing, that can also be reserved as a VIP karaoke room for over 100 people.