So Lil Jon was coming to O1NE Beirut yesterday and decided to cancel his show a couple of days before due to travel restrictions from the US government. Honestly, I’m not buying his excuse and I think that’s total B.S and unprofessional because these restrictions were issued back in August 2014, so his manager must have known about them before agreeing to fly to Beirut. Funnily enough, Lil Jon was at White Beirut back in August 2014 when the situation was deteriorating and we had suicide bombings a couple of months before.
On another note, I think the US Embassy should update their travel restrictions because Lebanon has been relatively safe for quite some time now, or at least be more specific like the UK Embassy is and advise against all travel to the southern Bekaa region of Lebanon along the border with Syria.
In all cases, it’s his loss.
PS: Here’s a song min wa7e el mounessabé.
If Skybar is the place to be during summer in Lebanon, O1NE Beirut is the best place to party during winter. What started out as a huge pink round building was transformed into a true artistic landmark for Lebanon and the region. Talented graffiti artists from all over the world came to Lebanon to interpret the theme of music on the 3,000 sqm wall and the outcome is an awesome venue featuring the world’s largest privately owned graffiti wall.
As for the interior, O1NE consists of blank white walls that come to life at night with 3D video mapping all over them. It was very difficult to visualize the interior when my friend at Skybar explained it to me, but once I was inside, the first thing that caught my attention was the beautiful interior and how it takes you from one mood to another throughout the night. The music and the 3D Mapping synced in a beautiful way that I haven’t seen anywhere in a night club before and everyone can see the mappings as they cover the full 360 degrees.
O1NE is very spacious inside and even though I was with a group of 20 people that night, we never felt that squeezed or uncomfortable. Of course it got more and more crowded as the night progressed but it was relatively ok when compared to SKYBAR’s nights where you could barely move. Towards the end of the night, I went up to the DJ’s booth that overlooked the venue and it was pretty cool from up there. My contact at Skybar told me that there are plans to build private rooms with balconies overlooking the club in Beirut just like O1NE Abu Dhabi, which would be pretty cool but I don’t know when it will happen.
As far as the music is concerned, O1NE plays all genres of house music and has been bringing hot performers every week. Last weekend Jamie Jones was playing his sets and this week, it’s gonna get hotter with Luciano on Friday night and DJ Magnum on Saturday. Price-wise, we ended up paying around 65$ per person that night which is a very reasonable price.
O1NE Beirut is located in Downtown Beirut right on Biel’s entrance. You can call 70 939 191 to book your table and make sure to check their Facebook page as they keep posting updates there.
Jamie Jones was awarded the 2014 Best Deep House DJ and is ranked #12 on [ResidentAdvisor]. He performed at Burning man, Glastonbury Tomorroworld last year, he’s been hosting his own parties at Ibiza’s DC10 nightclub recently and he’s coming to Beirut this Saturday to play at the amazing O1NE venue in Beirut!
Check out his beats on [SoundCloud] and here’s a link to the O1NE [event].
I was asked by Kotex to write a couple of guest blogs for their blog (themakeover.me), which is a website addressed to girls where they post articles related to Fashion, Entertainment, Dating and Relationships, Wellness and Personal Makeover. I laughed when I first read the email but then I thought I’d go for it as it sounds fun and different. Moreover, the topics were similar to what I usually post about so why wouldn’t I do it?
My first article is about the venues that play the best music in Beirut. As you all know, Beirut is all about music. Whether you like Jazz, hip-hop, trance, underground, old traditional Arabic, Rock, Pop, live shows and bands, French or any other genre, you will easily find venues in Beirut that cater to your taste. Check them out [Here].
Skybar is now closed for the winter and O1NE is preparing to open soon for an exciting second season. I’ve been to O1NE twice last year and I had a blast but I didn’t have time to write a proper review. I will try to do so by Tuesday and tell you what to expect this year.
Until then, check out Mark’s review of O1NE in Abu Dhabi which is very similar to the one in Beirut.
I am sure every Lebanese who traveled to Ayia Napa has been to Senior Frog’s. It’s the best place to kick off the party there as it’s always crowded and there’s always live entertainment. Well guess what? Senior Frog’s is coming to Concrete 1994 in Sin el Fil, Beirut for two nights on November 21 and 22.
Regular entrance tickets are at 45$ and 55$ (65$ at the door) and VIP tickets are at 100$.
You can check out more info and book tickets [Here].
Everything has gone from bad to worse in the past few years in Lebanon except partying. Every year the parties get hotter and better and that’s one of the few things we can still brag about as Lebanese. Sundays at Skybar, Decks on the beach, Mar Mikhael’s Train Station, Garten, O1NE, B018, C U NXT SAT and other venues made Beirut’s nightlife this summer the best in years and I am positive things will only get better.
Since what’s happening in the Middle East is way too complex for anyone to understand, let us think of our beloved capital as a “comfort in the chaos, as a place where the lack of regulation somehow makes life easier, and where partying and preserving this lifestyle is worth fighting for”.
Despite its political climate, Beirut has maintained an irreverent and thriving party scene for years. Rooftop nightclubs adorn the coast of the Mediterranean, bohemian districts cater to tourists and local artists, and bars offer coke-fueled benders down the street from Hezbollah headquarters. It doesn’t get more scenic.
The juxtaposition of political tension and flagrant partying is not the only clash of interests in Lebanon. The New Jersey–sized country is one of the most religiously diverse in the Middle East, offering representation to 18 different religious sects and all the divergent political ideologies that come with them. But nothing has survived civil war, foreign invasion, 800,000 refugees, and a regular stream of targeted bombings quite like Beirut’s club scene.
This disregard for the violence that surrounds Beirut is not apathy. Partygoers are all too aware of the country’s political turmoil but stay within its imploding borders to seek a better alternative. In that respect, nightlife has become yet another medium in the culture of dissent. But the influx of Syrian refugees and the encroaching threat of the Islamic State has made tourism plummet by 40 percent this year, with hotels and airlines lamenting up to 60 percent in revenue loss. To many, it seems like Beirut’s revelry is doomed, but not to Yousef Harati. [Link]
Walkman is a new pub and restaurant created by the same people behind February 30 and Checkpoint Charlie, two of my favorite pubs in Beirut. I love the 80s and Walkman is all about the 80s, so I am looking forward to visiting it.
I will post a full review soon. Until then, you can check further info [Here].
I just got back from Lebanon a few days ago and here are my favorite places for 2014:
SUN.DAYS at Skybar
Skybar Beirut have something new going on this year and it’s called SUN.DAYS. Starts at 6:30PM on Sundays while the sun is still up and goes on till past midnight. The whole Skybar gets a major makeover for SUN.DAYS with fake grass flooring, a raised bar area and colorful lounges and chairs all over. It actually takes them nearly 12 hours to setup this conversion, that’s how dedicated they are to SUN.DAYS. There are also special guests on SUN.DAYS and while I was there HVOB were performing and I ended up capturing the great shot below. Reservation is a must.
Probably the nicest looking pool in Lebanon with the greatest view. Located up in Faraya, Le Montagnou is a restaurant with an outdoor pool and bar. Caters mostly to the fancy schmancy crowd of Faraya and Faqra but still cheaper than many pools in Beirut. Stay for the sunset and reservation is a must.
The Gärten by Uberhaus
They’re only open Saturday night from around 8PM to 6AM and it was favorite place last summer and again this summer. It’s an outdoor club that’s open just for the summer with a large green garden filled with bean bags on one side and a huge open dome which is the dance floor on the other. Thank you Gino for the backstage pass!
There are a ton of great pubs in Mar Mikhael but my favorite this trip was Internazionale. It’s owned by the same owner as another favorite pub of mine Torino Express. Internazionale has two advantages over Torino, a larger space and the fact it’s located in the more vibrant Mar Mikhael area. Just like at Torino, the owner DJ’s here as well.
The Train Station
I wish I had taken pictures of this place but I didn’t have my camera on me then. The Train Station is located on the grounds of the old Mar Mikhael train station. They’ve taken one of the abandoned rusty 50+ year old trains and setup a DJ booth inside. They then setup a bar along with tables all around and they’ve kept everything intact including a rust old water tower which the bar surrounds. Pricy for what it is but it’s worth checking out.
Also located in Mar Mikhael, The Junkyard is located in a large space between a heavily packed residential area and the theme of the place is a giant junkyard. There is indoor and outdoor seating it’s also worth passing by and checking out since it’s visually interesting. The place is a bit too bright so best to start off your evening with The Junkyard which makes sense anyway since they have a good food menu filled with friendly dishes like burgers and fish & chips.
Make sure you check out last years Ultimate Lebanon Summer Guide since most of the recommendations are still applicable as well [Link]
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