Category Archives: Nightlife

Beirut – O1ne paint up

Posted By :

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

Posted By :

20130713_213646

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.

20130714_010630

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.

20130714_010421

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.

20130714_010623

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

Posted By :

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!

20130627_235849

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.

20130628_010712
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].

20130628_001614
DJ Rodge gives out free CD copies of the night’s mix after midnight

The Gärten by überhaus

Posted By :


[YouTube]

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.

Posted by Mark

O1NE Beirut

Posted By :

20130702_175918

In case you’ve been wondering what’s that huge pink building near Biel in Beirut, it’s O1NE, the latest Sky Management nightlife project and what’s going to be a true artistic landmark for Lebanon and the region. In fact, I visited the construction site few days ago and had a chat with one of the project’s managers who filled me in on details related to O1NE.

20130702_171654

As you can see from the pictures, the place is huge and based on what I’ve been told, 16 talented graffiti artists from all over the world came to Lebanon, despite the situation, to interpret the theme of Music on the 2,500 sqm wall. I met 3 of them including Karski (cool guy) while on site. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a graffiti this big so this looks very promising and I look forward to seeing the final outcome.

The nightclub is expected to open by the end of the year but that’s not official yet. The place is huge from the inside and will have some really cool features which I will mention in future posts once I have some pictures to share.

Until then, you can follow updates of this awesome graffiti work on O1NE’s Instagram account [Here].

one

PS: For those interested, the artists involved in this project are: Karski (Art Director), Nase, SWK, Binho, Zedz, Telmo, Miel, Nash, Mr. Wany, Mr. Dheo, SATONE, Tasso, Roids, Bonzaï, Koan and Treze.

DePrague closing and re-opening for the wrong reasons

Posted By :

181818_mainimg
DePrague Hamra, Picture via DailyStar

I don’t know whether it was a publicity stunt that DePrague’s owner pulled by changing his mind after having decided to close down his pub, but the reasons for closure and re-opening it are not valid specially the ones linked to the smoking ban and a change of atmosphere in Hamra. If anything, Hamra changed in favor of DePrague (and others) and became a street packed with pubs and nights, therefore attracting more potential customers.

Kayan opened in Gemmayze even before DePrague and is still packed every day of the week despite the smoke ban.

Owner Raed Habib decided to close his doors, with several culprits sharing the blame: a year of declining revenue due to an economic recession, an increase in unrest in Lebanon and the region, and a rise of reported incidents of violence in Hamra, a smoking ban that appears to be selectively enforced in the country and a general change of atmosphere in the neighborhood. [Link]

“There was so much pressure. I couldn’t ignore it,” said Raed Habib, who opened De Prague in 2005, making it one of the first establishments in Hamra to attract a popular following after the civil war. So dedicated were the staff and customers that they organized a sit-in at the restaurant Wednesday evening and then walked to the house of Habib to convince him to change his mind.

“If so many people genuinely want the place to stay open then let us give it a chance,” Habib said Thursday morning after a steady stream of patrons visited his home late Wednesday until after midnight. [Link]