Category Archives: Nightlife

15+ Restaurants & Bars Are Opening Soon In The Village Dbayyeh

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the village

We’ve been hearing for quite some time about a community of pubs and restaurants opening in Dbayyeh and it looks like it’s finally happening. The Village Dbayyeh is opening next week and will include more than 15 pubs and restos which are: Crepaway, Divvy, Nasma, Bodo, BistroBar, Toto, Lina’s, 190, Barcelona, EscoBar, Faze II, Rural, The Bar, The Mayor, The Oak Cocktail Bar and Trumpet.

The venue looks really nice with stone houses, fountains, outdoor public spaces and greenery and I like the variety of places opening there. The Village is ideal for families as there’s plenty of space for kids to play around and for individuals who just want to go out and have a drink in the bar/pub zone.

There’s one thing that I’m not comfortable with though, the amount of traffic that this venue will cause and the lack of parking spaces. The people behind The Village are saying there are two parking lots nearby and there’s of course a Valet Parking service but we all know that things always go wrong when there’s Valet Parking.

The official opening is on November 12 so I will hopefully have more info by next week. If you wish to read more about the Village, click [here].

village1 Via BeirutCocktailFactory

village2 Via BeirutCocktailFactory

Where To Spend Halloween [2015] In Lebanon?

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Here are my five favorite Halloween events for the weekend. You can check out the full list of Halloween events and parties in Beirut [here].

1- Mix FM’s Decadeath: It’s hosted by DJ Rodge and is one of the biggest Halloween parties in Beirut every year. For tables reservations: Call 70999104.

2- Halloween in the TIME OF CHOLERA at Gardenstate: You can always count on Gardenstate for the best themed parties in town. For more info call: 71 075575

3- ARCADE APOCALYPSE at CosmoCity: Aliens have landed in Beirut to exterminate boredom and they’re already organizing parties.

4- THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE Halloween Party at Villa Paradiso: Party this Halloween for a good cause and help raise money for the Lebanese Red Cross. Reserve on: 03-555722 / 03-291321

5- Colonel Beer Halloween Party: Kick ass venue, great beer and awesome food. They are serving pumpkin beer for the occasion. More info: 03 743 543

There are also parties planned at Junkyard in Mar Mikhail, The Angry Monkey in Gemmayze and Uruguay Street. Bar 360 at Le Gray Hotel which reopened last week is also organizing a Halloween night. If you like pumpkin carving, there’s an event at Alice Edde Shop in Jbeil on Saturday Oct 31 2015 from 04:00 pm until 07:00 pm.

20 Things To Do In Tripoli – Lebanon (Part2)

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Tall via Budkheir

I’ve finally managed to compile the second part of the “20 things to do in Tripoli” series that I started a month ago. Eid Al Adha is around the corner so it’s the perfect time to head to Tripoli enjoy the sweets, do some sightseeing or take a boat trip to Rabbits Island.

If you missed Part1, check it out [here].

Tripoli is Lebanon’s second-largest city and despite being one of its poorest, it is rich in diversity and is a beautiful city to explore. There are always new places to visit and new things to do and a sense of community in the city. I’ve been going to Tripoli for 15 years or more and I discover a new thing to do or a new place to visit almost every time so I decided to compile all these activities into two blog posts based on my past experiences and a little help from my good friends and Tripolitans Natheer, Hayat and Zaher.

11- Visit The Old Train Station:

If you like trains and a bit of history, make sure to pass by the old railway station. The station is one of the oldest in Lebanon as it started operating more than 100 years ago and used to connect to Homs in Syria and Beirut’s central station in Mar Mikhail. Unfortunately, the station was abandoned in the 1970s by the Lebanese authorities and has become a museum ever since. In fact, it’s not exactly a museum as it’s not well maintained but there’s a local organization (The Mina Peace committee) that is planning soon a rehabilitation and beatification project for the train station area. I hope they revamp the station soon because there’s a lot of history in that place.

12- Old/Vintage Style Pubs in Mina:
Talk a walk down Mina and enjoy the old/vintage and new/modern style pubs where poetry nights and artistic gatherings are usually held. If we go back to the 60s, Tripoli had a vibrant nightlife with a lot of cafes, pubs and beach clubs open in the city but things have unfortunately changed since then. Currently, Tripoli’s nightlife is nothing like Beirut or other areas but there are still pubs mainly in Mina’s Dr. Raymond al-Labban Street (Minot Street) where one can order a drink and have fun with friends.

13- Old & New Fisheries in Mina:

El Mina occupies the location of the old Phoenician city of Tripoli and the harbor is the city’s most visited site. A good idea is to head there early in the morning and see the old and new fisheries where people gather to buy fresh and affordable fish. You can also watch fishermen working while having coffee and kaak in one of the many cafes.

14- Tripoli by Bike:
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Tripoli doesn’t have a bike trail but it’s one of the best ways to explore the city. You can roam the city, visit traditional and cultural sites, pass by the old souks and stop at local cafes along the coast. Café Moussa, which was recently rehabilitated by the Old Souk Committee is a must visit, the different markets (clothing, vegetable) which were also recently rehabilitated by Tebbaneh Youth Council after being damaged during previous clashes. There’s also the Hara Jdide and several other areas that were rehabilitated thanks to the initiatives of civic organizations and the increasing interest of civil society in preserving and the famous traits of their town.

There’s been a lot of events to help spread the biking culture, but it’s still not popular enough in the city, even though there’s a lot of traffic in Tripoli.

15-Public Gardens (King Fahed and others):

Tripoli is a densely populated city but there’s a decent number of green areas and public spaces, especially when compared to the ones in Beirut. The work of civic organizations is also here quite noticeable as they are rehabilitating old and abandoned public gardens and spaces like the one in Malloule (Youth in Tebbaneh) and a public garden in Abou Samra (Muslim Scouts). You will also find a lot of public gardens around the mosques and in the Tripoli Expo (Niemeyer’s Maarad).

16- The Cemetries:
cemetery via LuvLebanon

Cemeteries are usually well preserved in Tripoli and very well looked after, especially the British and French military graveyards in el Mina. There are even campaigns to rehabilitate and clean up the cemeteries, like the ones in Souk el Ameh by the Tebbaneh Youth Council. Most of the cemeteries are of course Muslim ones and you will find them in random places like in the Old Souks for example. There’s an organized chaos in these graveyards and around them that is a beautiful thing, to me at least.

17 – Places To Stay:

There aren’t that many places to stay in Tripoli, at least not to my knowledge but there’s one that comes highly recommended which is Beit el Nessim in Mina, and there’s another hotel called Quality Inn in Tripoli.

18- Damm w Farez, or Neo-Tripoli:

Damm W Farez is where you will find all the new fancy restaurants and cafes. If you want to grab a bite, smoke a Shisha or have a coffee, that’s the place to go. There are different cafes where you can relax after a long walk and the food is usually good at most of them. One of the famous cafes there is called Ahwak Ben Tafesh which serves good desserts.

19- Visit the Rabbit Islands/Palm Islands Nature Reserve:
The Rabbits Island is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site and has been chosen as a special Mediterranean Protected Area under the 1995 Barcelona Convention. The “Rabbits” name is attributed to the large number of rabbits that were grown by the French on the Island in the 20th century. These Islands are quite amazing and some areas are accessible during the summer for swimming and snorkeling. There’s a ferry boat that transports visitors to the Islands.

20- Al Hallab Qasr el Helou:

You cannot go to Tripoli without visiting Qasr el Helou, one of Lebanon’s most visited Arabic sweets shop. Lebanese from abroad and outside Tripoli go to eat there. Kasr el Helou was founded in 1881 and is the ideal place to taste all sorts of Arab sweets. My favorites are the Halawet el Jeben and Mafrouke.


Two of the online sources I’ve used in these two posts are [Tripoli-City] and [WeLoveTripoli].

Seven Sisters: Beirut’s Newest Nightlife Venue Is Opening Tonight!

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The hottest nightlife destination this summer in Beirut is Seven Sisters and it’s opening tonight. I passed by the venue yesterday for a sneak peek visit and it’s a pretty cool concept at an ideal spot in Beirut Waterfront next to O1NE and Garten. Seven Sisters is basically an outdoor garden, a sort of green island in the skyscraper-packed capital where you can enjoy sunset drinks, listen to loungy music or a live-band, party on the weekends or even enjoy a good Sunday brunch.

Speaking of food, Seven Sisters are very keen on the food they are offering and the owners told me they will have an international menu, live cooking with Chef Danny Khairallah and a BBQ station, a show kitchen as well as a Sashimi station by Le Sushi Bar. They want their Sunday brunches to be memorable and they are working hard to achieve it.

I think this place has a lot of potential and I’m in love with the concept. It’s always a great idea to add some grenery to the city and I’m glad they are focusing on the food as it’s usually a weak point in most nightlife venues. I unfortunately missed out on the opening tonight but I’m going there for drinks sometimes this week and I’m definitely trying their Sunday brunch.

Here are few sneak peek pictures to show you how the venue looks like:






Sound of Monte-Carlo will be playing on Sunday at Seven Sisters. You can check out more info [here].

UBay: A Rooftop I Recommend In Jounieh

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It’s the summer and rooftops are the best place to enjoy an afternoon drink and watch the sunset with friends. I usually prefer going to rooftops in Beirut after work in order to avoid going back home (Jounieh) during rush hour but I always thought we need nice rooftops overlooking the Jounieh Bay. There was a rooftop on ATCL but I think it closed down and there’s another in the old Jounieh souks but it’s not on the beach. UBay on the other hand is the perfect rooftop for me in Jounieh, as it’s located right on the beach in the middle of the souks and you can enjoy the mountain view as well. We were planning on going there to watch the Jounieh fireworks last week but we headed to the hospital instead for my wife to deliver that same night :)


Ubay is located in the old souks above Table Fine and is a rooftop lounge that offers drinks, serves Japanese food, offers a relaxing experience and plays a chill-out music while overlooking the Jounieh bay. Anywhere you sit at Ubay, you will enjoy a sea and mountain view. The staff is quite friendly, the cocktails are pretty good, the portions and the food are decent. I ordered Edamame, popcorn shrimps, smoked salmon roll, steamed shrimp dumplings and ubay rolls. The only thing I didn’t appreciate were the Ubay rolls as they were a bit too salty.

Price-wise, you will end up paying around 40-50$ per person if you have a couple of cocktails and a couple of dishes which is pretty decent. Here are some of the pictures I took of the place.

You can check out more info on their Facebook page [here].







Review: 3.5/5

Hitler’s Skybar Drama

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This is an old funny video from 2010 that shows Hitler’s reaction when he finds out he couldn’t get a table at Skybar. I am sharing it because it shows how popular Skybar was back then and how it managed to stay the hottest place in Beirut ever since it opened. Everyone wants to go to Skybar and its closure this summer is a huge loss to the nightlife scene and Lebanon as a whole.

I truly hope its owners have plans to relocate to a different spot until they repair the damages caused by the fire.


Pictures Of The Skybar Beirut Fire

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A big fire broke out around 2am today at Skybar Beirut causing some major damages. I’m not really sure what happened as I was unable to get in touch with anyone yet but I read in the Daily Star that it could be due to an electrical short circuit.

Skybar was scheduled to open next week but I’m not sure they can fix all this mess in time. I will keep you posted as soon as I have updates but I’m sure we will be partying there this summer :)

PS: I’ve shared a status earlier on Facebook and I will repeat it here. Making jokes out of this sad incident is like shooting yourself in the foot. Even if we don’t like the place and think it’s for the fancy people (which is not the case), Skybar Beirut is an international touristic attraction that everyone wants to visit and enjoy. Skybar has shaped and revolutionized ‪#‎Beirut‬’s nightlife scene.
More importantly, tens if not hundreds of families will be affected by this fire not just the party goers so think about that before making silly jokes.

Update1: Skybar probably won’t be open this summer unfortunately. I am not sure yet if they will relocate to another place.







PS: I don’t know who took the pictures above. MTV has more pictures [here].

Lil Jon Is Too Scared To Come To Beirut

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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.

Inside O1NE Beirut By SKYBAR: Lebanon’s Hottest Night-Life Venue In Winter

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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.


Rating: 4.5/5

Internationally-acclaimed DJ Jamie Jones At O1NE Beirut This Saturday!

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Jamie Jones

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].