You want to start a new life in one of the most famous World Heritage Cities with exotic Buddhist temples and jungles? My friends Isabel and Simon have an offer for you! They live and build this business from scratch with blood and tears but for them it is time to pass the torch to a new owner motivated by this wonderful challenge.
Life is strange. I met these dynamic entrepreneurs through my brother during one of my many visits to Laos. Their lives of expatriate living in Laos motivated me to work and live in an Asian city. And now, they are back in Canada to start their WebTV called Kebweb.tv. I wish them all the best for this great, new project. See you somewhere in Quebec or in Asia soon.
Bar For sale in Luang Prabang description
In 2002, the number of tourists was increasing in Luang Prabang but nightlife was still inexistent. Already established, the owners of L’étranger decided to open the first club lounge of the town. Opened a few days before Christmas, hive was an instant success and has been ever since.
The bar stands at the foot of the sacred hill in Luang Prabang on the side of the river Nam Khan. The village is named Ban Aphay.
With their neighbor L’étranger, books & tea (created by the same owners) were the first to set in this neighborhood and their success has made hive bar the heart of the cultural entertainment neighborhood of the town.
But hive is more than just a bar. Through the years, the owners have always found creative ideas to make this venue special and renowned as the place to go at night in Luang Prabang. Recycled material installations for various parties (Halloween, Christmas, etc.…), concerts (acoustic, bands, juggling, fire shows…), and inviting people passing through to contribute to the spirit of hive.
In 2009, a young lao hip hop crew just started in Luang Prabang, hive through a sponsorship program hired them to do a few shows a week to get a chance to perform in front of an audience and afford a rehearsal space. Years later, still performing 4 nights a week exclusively at hive, the crew has become one of the best in South East Asia.
At the same time, after a year for research and planning, the Ethnik Fashion Show was launched, a presentation of traditional costumes of 22 different ethnicities with at the end a collection of modern designs inspired by tradition and craftsmanship. This show lasts 50 minute with 16 local models, 95 different costumes and gives the patrons an opportunity to eat dinner, have a drink in the back garden while experiencing a true Lao experience.
These are a few examples of the initiatives that have brought success to hive and can demonstrate the limitless promotion potential for this special venue. Potential growth is limitless for the person with creative ideas and wanting a financial progress.
Hive is a turnkey project: offering trained staffs (barmen, waiters and cooks), full kitchen with wood-oven pizza and bar with beer lao draft and full cocktail menu (+ specialty cocktails and frozen drinks).
FRONT TERRACE: Under mango trees, patrons can enjoy a frozen drink sitting on a large sofas or low table stools in a quiet environment. The sound of the fountains and lower music makes this tropical setting perfect for a good conversation with friends without interruption.
BAR: Hanging around the bar while talking to the friendly staff and getting an overview of the place. This is where you can feel more like a regular than a visitor passing through. Most Lao locals (20% of the clientele) who frequent the bars usually hang around the high stools area.
INDOOR LOUNGE AREA: With comfortable sofas and cushions, large groups can sit around and stay close the action by overlooking the DJ area and dance floor.
BACK TERRACE: The bottom of the phousi hill turns itself into this magnificent tropical garden, where lush palm trees, wall-fountain, gas fire pit, and patrons can enjoy a nice dinner while watching a show or a fun night between friends. Hidden behind hive, travellers find a beautiful haven and can enjoy a rare opportunity to spend an evening in a place where everything has been thought of.
Reason of sale: As they are having success with a webtv network in Canada, the owners find themselves unavailable to travel to Laos regularly so it is clearly the time for them to let someone else take over this adventure.
For more information contact agency or owner.
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