Category Archives: Nightlife

Beirut is perpetually partying or at war

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I was out partying at The Gärten by Uberhaus in Beirut yesterday and I felt disconnected from everything happening in Lebanon. People there were relaxed, having a great time and enjoying the awesome music.

Conflict or couture? Either Lebanon is a terrorist-infested, war-ridden hell, or the Paris of the East. This article falls into a tradition of western coverage of Lebanon that reduces the country to a clash between barbarism and western-style liberalism, attempting to create a causal link between the two and ultimately failing to grasp the deep history and many layers of complexity in contemporary Lebanon.

Beirut is a labyrinthine web of religions, cultures, political parties and socio-economic strata, all of which are the result of centuries of various dominations, geopolitical struggles and socioeconomic crises. Anyone attempting to write about Beirutis’ reality today must understand and explain this context. [Full Article]

Bedivere Hamra’s policy goes viral: 10% off for any customer willing to give up their phone

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Bedivere has been open for over a year now in Hamra and is a great pub. I’ve been there a couple of times already and their food and drinks are quite good. The ambiance is really nice too and the owner always tries to encourage people to actually socialize instead of spending the night with their phones. He’s quite the social guy himself and always around. I am glad they made it to the Huffington Post, Reddit, E!Online and created a positive vibe online; it’s a nice restaurant policy that should be encouraged in other pubs in Lebanon.

The place opens at 11am and serves lunch as well, including a Plat Du Jour, Moules-frites on Mondays, great steaks specially the Steak on A Lava Stone platter which I had in Vienna once.

Check it out [Here].

Bedivere Eatery & Tavern in Beirut, Lebanon, wants people to actually talk to each other. A Reddit post spread the news of their newest discount around the globe: 10 percent off for any customer willing to give up their phone just one meal.

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PS: This policy is not new as it was already adopted in the US but it’s a first in Lebanon.

Beirut – O1ne paint up

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Beirut – O1ne paint up

16 artists came from all around the world to interpret the theme of Music on the 2,500 sqm wall (Karski (Art Director), Nase, SWK, Binho, Zedz, Telmo, Miel, Nash, Mr. Wany, Mr. Dheo, SATONE, Tasso, Roids, Bonzaï, Koan and Treze).

For those interested in knowing more about the O1NE, I posted about it back in July when the wall was still empty.

Publicity – Jbeil

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Jbeil is the place to be this summer and it’s crowded almost every day of the week. Aside from the Byblos Festivals, the beautiful Souks are attracting a lot of tourists and locals and the newly open Publicity has turned Jbeil into a booming nightlife hub outside Beirut. For those of you who haven’t heard of this place yet, Publicity is a new nightlife venue consisting of 12 Pubs and Restaurants surrounding a big swimming pool with Jacuzzi lounges. There are few pubs with a rooftop while others are on the pool side, and one DJ for the whole place. You can easily get to Publicity by taking a small right turn on the Jbeil highway right after Zaatar wou Zeit.

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We went to a pub called Del Sol which serves Mexican food and has a rooftop. The table we had was really nice and overlooking the pool and the road side. There were few tables with couches and the rest had high chairs (Ours had high chairs), which were really annoying, up to a point that I preferred standing up rather than sitting on them. As far as the service and food are concerned, the waiters and manager were very friendly but a bit unorganized. It wasn’t that bad but we got the food before the drinks, not all of us got plates, we asked for a Vodka bottle and got a small bucket of ice with it (suitable for Arak not a Vodka Bottle) and a small orange glass. As for the food, it was surprisingly good for a pub and I enjoyed it specially the appetizers.

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The music and atmosphere were nice, the pubs were packed by midnight and the party stayed on even after we left which was around 2 am. I was hoping for someone to jump in the pool but it didn’t happen, instead some girl fainted for some reason and everyone regrouped around her but she came out fine.

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Publicity turns during the day into a large pool with Jacuzzi lounges and there’s a large poolside bar for those who want a drink. I haven’t tried it yet but I personally prefer resorts that are on the beach, even though the Jacuzzi lounges are tempting.

If you want to reserve at any of Publicity’s pubs, you can find all the necessary information on their [Facebook Page]. Note that you have to call the pub and not the Publicity number for night reservation.

MIX FM’S 80’S Night at B018

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Before writing this post, I was checking on the last time I wrote about the 80′s night as I’ve been wanting to go forever and indeed it was back in November 2011! The reason it took me so long is that the 80′s night is held on Thursdays so it’s hard to convince working people to party on a weekday and because it’s always overbooked. Believe it or not, Mix FM has been holding this 80′s night for 7 years now and the place is booked every single week!

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I got there around 11pm and the place was already full. I haven’t been to B018 in a long while but the place looked exactly the same as I last recall it. We had a small argument with the person in charge as we had reserved a table for 15 people and got one that could barely fit 4 but we finally got a decent table some 20 minutes later. However, the guy who was in charge of our table was very rude and unfriendly throughout the night and he even refused to get us a knife and plates to cut our friend’s birthday cake. I wasn’t the one who reserved so I don’t know why things got messed up but the staff weren’t friendly at all.

Putting this small incident aside, the night was a blast all thanks to one man: DJ Rodge! I am a big fan of the 80′s and he reminded me of some many good songs I had forgotten about, without forgetting the awesome tribute he did to Michael Jackson. I don’t remember having that much fun at a party in a long time, as I was singing and dancing throughout the whole night. I even went behind the DJ’s booth and had a small chat with Rodge, who’s a really cool guy.

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Picture from the 80s night at B018 – Tribute to Michael Jackson

We left B018 around 3am but the place was still packed. We ended up paying around 60$ per person. If you are an 80′s fan, you shouldn’t miss out on that party. If you need more info on how to reserve, click [Here].

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DJ Rodge gives out free CD copies of the night’s mix after midnight

The Gärten by überhaus

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I was in Lebanon over the weekend and passed by The Gärten Saturday night for the first time. I have to say the place kicks ass, it has a large outdoor area with fake grass and lots of bean bags surrounding a center bar. Then you have a large open dome on the opposite end which is basically the dance floor surrounded by a slightly raised seating area.

The music was ridiculously good that night and the place even had arcade machines outside the toilets which you could play for free while waiting for your friend to finish. NeoGeo fans will love it with Aero Fighters 2 and Metal Slug being my favorite two games to play while being completely wasted.

Entrance was $25 and included a free drink. Parking was easy to find as well and cost LL5,000. The Gärten is located in Biel and only opens up on Saturdays.

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