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Things we love:

It never sleeps…

Kil shi mamnua3, bas kil shi ok!.. “everything’s illegal, but it’s all good”
It’s full of beautiful people
The food is unreal
Jesus Christ is believed to have performed his first miracle in Lebanon
There are plenty of H-O-T women

Things we wish we’d known:

How good Lebanese wine is
The driving is INSANE. Three-lane junctions moving in every direction
The red light means nothing, keep going, it’s drive or be hit (apart from one downtown which has a camera)
Toume may LOOK like mash potato but it doesn’t TASTE like mash potato
Don’t flush any paper down the loo… it WILL clog
Super nightclub actually means STRIP club

Best bars in Beirut
Best bars in Beirut
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Abbey Road
Abbey Road

As the name suggests, Abbey Road is a little bit of England in the heart of Beirut. The walls of this tiny bar are adorned with Beatles memorabilia, London street signs and black and white photos, while the paint scheme Read More

Albergo
Albergo

Where better for a bar than on top of the city’s smartest boutique hotel? This bar and roof terrace couldn’t be much more charming if it tried. Transporting you back to the Ottoman era when Lawrence of Arabia roamed these Read More

B018
B018

It almost has to be seen to be believed. Located underneath a car park in the eerily named Quarantaine, a quiet industrial area, B018 is Beirut’s original ‘hypogeal’ super club. Rumours about its history are manifold, its origins dating back Read More

Bar National
Bar National

Jounieh is famous for having one of the most stunning views in Lebanon, as the coast line curves around the bay with the mountains behind. At night, Bar National is one of the best places to experience it. Yet another Read More

Bar ThreeSixty
Bar ThreeSixty

At the top of Le Gray, the city’s one truly five star hotel, ThreeSixty is surely one of the coolest bars in town for those more quiet and relaxed style drinks. As the name suggests, it offers full 360 degree Read More

Behind the Green Door
Behind the Green Door

Naming a bar after a 1970s classic porn movie – the days of the wide bush – is a sure fire way to get BarChick interested, and Behind the Green Door doesn’t disappoint. In the trendy neighbourhood of Mar Mikhael, Read More

Café Em Nazih
Café Em Nazih

With wicker chairs, mosaic tiles and some of Beirut’s tastiest (and cheapest) home-cooked Lebanese food, the eponymous Um Nazih (Nazih’s Mum) may masquerade as a quaint café by day but, like BarChick, it really comes alive at night. Wednesday is Read More

Casino du Liban
Casino du Liban

As the only casino in the region, Casion du Liban doesn’t really need much selling if gambling is your thing. There is literally nowhere else to go and there’s something very James Bond about gambling at a casino in the Read More

Chaplin
Chaplin

A Charlie Chaplin themed bar may seem a little out of place in Beirut, but Chaplin’s manages to pull it off, as is often the case in this crazy city when something shouldn’t work it generally does (and vice versa). Read More

Charlie's Bar
Charlie's Bar

If BarChick were to design a street, it would probably look pretty close to Gemmayzeh. Behind almost every door is another cool place to party and those which aren’t are selling light night snacks. Not a problem. However, in spite of Read More

Cherry on the Rooftop
Cherry on the Rooftop

High on top of Le Gray, Beirut’s most luxurious boutique hotel, Cherry on the Roof is a pretty special place for a drink. Situated above Martyr’s Square, home to the Cedar Revolution in 2005 which over the course of two Read More

Cigar Lounge
Cigar Lounge

Directly below ThreeSixty, Cigar Lounge is more old school in vibe, full of leather bound books, comfy armchairs, black and white photographs and a rooftop terrace. It’s laid back, comfy, full of a combination of Lebanese charm and English styles. Read More

Coop D'Etat
Coop D'Etat

While Beirut’s rooftop drinking scene is famed for its slick, chic, somewhat pretentious vibes, and prices as high as the buildings they’re housed in, Coop d’Etat couldn’t be more different. As you turn off a busy main road, and walk Read More

Crew Express
Crew Express

While it may seem odd including what is basically an off-licence in a bar guide to Beirut, Crew is a real winner. Located in Mar Mikhael, in a perfect spot between two of the most popular bars around, (Internazionale and Read More

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

While most of Gemmayze is aimed at the hard-core drinkers, (it’s laden with dive bars for the beer and tequila crowd), Dragonfly is a sweet little cocktail joint fresh from Paris in the 1920s. Walking in amongst the sounds of Read More

February 30
February 30

Newly opened this year, February 30 is a great new addition to the Hamra bar scene. This vibey area, home to an eclectic mix of students, tourists and international journalists, is buzzing on most nights of the week. February 30 Read More

Grand Café
Grand Café

Not a bar in the traditional sense (in that it doesn’t serve alcohol) but it should be remembered that a large proportion of Lebanese are strictly Muslim. If you need a night off the sauce, then Grand Café is the Read More

Internazionale
Internazionale

Its Cafe like appearance and long wooden benches create some kinda communal feel. Internazionale is one of the many bars making Mar Mikhael one of the trendiest and happening areas in Beirut. It’s mega modern, with a young, friendly and Read More

Iris
Iris

If Beirut’s winter drinking tends to take place on ground level, in the summer it moves up a notch into the skies… welcome Iris, one of the city’s slickest rooftop bars. In the heart of Downtown, overlooking the glorious Mediterranean Read More

Jackie O's
Jackie O's

On the same street as the super quirky February 30th, Jackie O’s is much more low-key and intimate. Yet, while it may not have the same out there interior design that has made its neighbour such a hit, it remains Read More

Jammal
Jammal

Down the road from Maguy’s, Jammal’s loses out to its neighbour in terms of craziness but more than makes up for it in serenity. Set in its own stunningly beautiful bay, with a lone fisherman usually stationed in the distance Read More

Le Capitole
Le Capitole

After the huge success of Sky Bar, Beirut has seen a rise of imitation bars. None quite live up to the decadence of the original, but Capitole is probably the best of the rest. It’s more low key, intimate and Read More

Music Hall
Music Hall

For a truly Lebanese experience, Music Hall is where it’s at! This converted theatre is part-cabaret, part-live music venue and part-night club, and it epitomises Beirut. It’s glamorous, gaudy, slightly seedy, full of exuberant culture with a heady mix of different Read More

Pacifico
Pacifico

Back in the day, Monot used to be where all the cool kids hung, but now this leafy street, full of stunning Beiruti architecture and great bars tends to draw the older, less rowdy crowd. Pacifico was a very welcome break Read More

Pearl Beach
Pearl Beach

On the same stretch of pebble beach as Pierre & Friends next door, Pearl Beach is another great pit stop up Lebanon’s northern coast. Away from the hustle and bustle of Beirut’s hectic social scene (and traffic), with green mountains Read More

Pierre and Friends
Pierre and Friends

Going for an early-afternoon “dip” at Pierre and Friends more often than not ends up in a crazy evening of cocktail drinking and shisha smoking. The beach hangout used to be the only place where windsurfers would meet up after trying Read More

Sky Bar
Sky Bar

Perched above the Mediterranean, with its strobe lights illuminating the sea below, Sky Bar is Beirut’s original rooftop bar. It’s slick, it’s chic, it’s a bit pretentious and the clientele are uber trendy. But hey, if you can’t beat em, Read More

Sud
Sud

Most of Mar Mikhael spills out on to the street, and the road is shared with traffic jams and young drinkers alike. However, Sud, set back from the road in a charmingly renovated courtyard bucks the trend, it’s an oasis Read More

Taiga Sky
Taiga Sky

About an hour north of Beirut, in Batroun, a stunningly picturesque fishing village, this bar is so incongruous with the setting that it almost beggars belief. It’s like turning up to a quaint Tuscan seaside town and finding out it’s Read More

The Duke of Wellington
The Duke of Wellington

Located in The Mayflower, the oldest private hotel in town, this is a suitably old school bar. Like Ron Burgundy’s apartment, it smells of rich mahogany and, for a more relaxed evening, you can park yourself in one of their Read More

The Gathering
The Gathering

Set between busy Gemmayze and Lebanon’s main highway, stepping into The Gathering feels like suddenly being transported to the south of France or sunny Spain. Three concepts ‘gathered’ together in one location with a steak house, an Italian restaurant and Read More

The Greedy Goose
The Greedy Goose

It seems every city around the world has to have one and The Greedy Goose is Beirut’s resident English Pub. Others have imitated but none have come close with its deep leather sofas, fireplaces and a great selection of beers Read More

Torino Express
Torino Express

Torino, another Gemmayzeh institution, is a hangout for some of the city’s most interesting musicians and artists. Almost completely stark in décor, stone floors underneath an arched roof, coupled with bare, dim lighting create a cavernous atmosphere, redolent of some Read More

Uberhaus
Uberhaus

The newest club to hit the Beirut scene, Uberhaus is underground in every sense of the word. As the name suggests, the music is uber house, fitting in with the psychedelic flashing lights. Meanwhile, a complete lack of bar stools and Read More

Yukunkun
Yukunkun

One more to add to the list of Lebanese ‘hypogeal’ clubs, this is another bar which represents the underground scene, in both style and substance. Bringing a similar crowd to those who frequent Torino, Yukunkun is bigger but just as Read More

Zucca
Zucca

If Gemmazye represents the more gritty underground drinking scene in Beirut and Hamra is where the college kids head, Uruguay Street, in its plush surroundings of renovated Downtown area, takes upmarket to new levels. As such, Zucca, is right in Read More