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Central Station Boutique Bar

The name of this buzzy joint nods to the railway station that once existed around the corner—as do the carriage wheels that dangle from the ceiling. Vested and bow-tied bartenders at Central Station serve near-perfect cocktails in a dim-lit space to the soundtrack of jazz and blues. The dark wooden bar spans the length of the room, giving ample counter space for small plates of bar snacks next to your martini glass.

Iris

Crowning a high-rise building in coastal Beirut is Iris, one of the sexiest rooftop bars in the city. Its design oozes sophistication, which attracts a clientele that could be described the same way. Still, Iris is surprisingly laidback with simple white seating, contemporary lighting, and ample shrubbery. The al fresco space is only open during summer, when Beirutis flock to watch the sun descend into the Mediterranean to downtempo beats.

  • +961 3090 936
  • Beirut New Waterfront
    Al-Nahar Building
    Seaside Pavilion

Salon Beyrouth

If a live jazz band and retro whisky cocktails are a match made in heaven, consider Salon Beyrouth your “Pearly Gates.” This Art Deco-inspired resto-bar, anchored by a stunning monochromatic marble floor, is an unpretentious haven for lounge lovers in the beating heart of Clemenceau. It’s not just a nighttime spot – the glass-covered outdoor area is extremely popular for its delectable weekend brunch service.

 

Capitole

A rooftop supperclub for the see-and-be-seen, Capitole’s outdoor terrace wraps around the entire ninth-floor of a high-rise building. The views of downtown Beirut are simply stellar, and can be enjoyed from sunset to sunrise on the weekend when posh dinners dissolve into a wild club scene. Expect a mix of electronic headbangers and Lebanese pop.

AHM

A new addition to the city’s roster of mega-clubs, AHM describes itself as a “dance temple” on the waterfront. Themed nights through the weekend include a designated dress code, like island chic on “Soul Kitchen Wednesdays,” and monochrome for “AMH X Saturdays.” The club’s design by Beirut-based RG/Architects features spectacular linear light shows and mast-like structures inspired by the seafaring past of Lebanon’s ancestors.

B 018

Chances are if you’ve heard anything about Beirut’s nightlife, it’s that there’s a club in a bomb bunker. While that’s not strictly true (B 018 was constructed in the late 1990s as an architectural response to the war), this club is certainly one of the city’s icons.

  • +961 3810 618
  • Karantina

Metro Al Madina

Performance wonderland in a shopping centre. Book in advance for shows or join from midnight on weekends for post-show DJ sets. There’s a “metro station” bar in the foyer and bow-tied waiters dash between candlelit tables to keep you fuelled.

Torino Express

Set into the vaulted ground floor of an Ottoman-era building, this bar-of-bars serves up strong espressos and no-fills drinks to an arty local crowd. In the evening one corner transforms into a hole-in-the-wall DJ booth, pouring funk out into the street.

  • +961 3611 101
  • Rue Gouraud
    Gemmayzeh

Abou Elie

Every day is a revolution in Abou Elie, where communist memorabilia from Mao to Che covers all surfaces. This one-of-a-kind speakeasy is named after its founder, a former Lebanese Communist Party fighter.

  • +961 70 918 821
  • Kuwait Street
    Karakas

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