Great service, tasty food, and an amazing view. What more could you ask for? Getting there early in the morning, taking a bite out of one of the best Pain au Chocolats available in Lebanon, and being served freshly brewed coffee is a must try. Bar Tartine provides its customers with a mouthwatering menu of excellent food and patisseries. With its refreshing, yet cozy ambiance, and its chill mood, Bar Tartine is our go-to restaurant for enjoying a delectable dish with an even better view.
Located in Ashrafieh, Breakfast Bar is a great place with a great idea. With its tangible healthy menu, it is definitely a must visit for enjoying a variety of delicious healthy food. The most enjoyable part is its overlooking balcony of a small street in Achrafieh and a welcoming sign saying, “We serve health, brunch et un petit café”, you feel welcomed and at home the moment you step inside it. Despite being a bit noisy inside, you will enjoy your breakfast with the tasty food, and the attentive service of its staff.
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In the heart of Hamra main street, you will find this lovely café. Café Hamra is your go-to when laziness overcomes you on a Sunday morning. Providing its customers with both indoor and outdoor seatings with homey decor , you’ll have an enjoyable time no matter what your choice of food might be. With a breakfast menu filled with a variety of local Lebanese food and authentic tasty coffee, your taste buds are bound to enjoy every bite.
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Treat your tastebuds to a morning breakfast at Gordon’s Café in Le Gray Hotel. Located in the heart of the Downtown District, Gordon’s Café is ready to serve you with strong blends of tasty, flavourful coffee, and an even tastier breakfast. This restaurant’s selection of freshly baked bread and tasty mini pastries is bound to win over you in a heart beat. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a cup of coffee, or just a large pot of white tea, this is the place to go to gratify your cravings. We love its wide selection of breakfast meals, coffee, and tea.
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Serving great home Lebanese food at a reasonable price, Em Nazih is our go-to traditional place, where European thinking meets Middle Eastern cuisine. Surrounded by both locals and foreigners looking to savour their breakfast menu, you’re sure to enjoy a full on Lebanese welcome. From the platters to the atmosphere, this is the place to visit to have the ultimate Lebanese stomach-filling experience. A much-loved café with its simple traditional Lebanese food, and an authentic place with an authentic taste.
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Whether you’re a local, or just visiting, you have to give this place a try. Café Younes is somewhat considered the Lebanese Starbucks, with its roastery of freshly grounded coffee at your selection. Furnished with a genuine warm and delightful ambience, as a customer, you will enjoy the stories about the family and Beirut’s history of 75 years. In addition to their breakfast menu brimming with luscious maple syrup-ed up pancakes, bagels, and their signature “Sunny Side-up Eggs”, a coffee is a must-have at Café Younes. Their menu is filled with a variety of some of the richest coffees, with choice of Espresso-based, House Specials, a French Press menu, and more, you will certainly enjoy having a taste of their sophisticated coffee. Coffee isn’t all they have to offer, however; the café also presents a fair selection of loose-leaf teas from Awan Tea.
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With the beginning of the olive tree season, this event will take you to a place filled a mesmerizing and beautiful scenery of Batroun’s Olive Trees.
Date: Sunday 15 October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: La Maison du Maquis, Ebrine, Batroûn
From Danniyeh’s renovated “Zahlan Grotto” with its Indiana Jones Bridge, to its breathtaking “Qasr El-Ahlam” in Bakhoun, beauty seekers, this one is for you.
Time: 7am – 8pm
Location: Miniyeh, Danniyeh District
If you’re a Nightmare Before Christmas fan and have a crafty hand for making dolls, then Joon on the Moon has the perfect event for you to attend this October.
Date: Tuesday 17 October
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Location: Joon on the Moon, Achrafieh
This one is for all the beer lovers out there. Oktoberfest is coming to Cantina this October. Bring your friends and stomach and enjoy their tasty beer and barbecued sausages!
Date: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October
Time: Starting 7pm
Location: Cantina Sociale, Independence Street, Ashrafieh
The Orionid meteor shower is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Comet Halley. BeirutVersus presents an observation night for all the family to enjoy.
Date: Friday 20 October
Time: Starting 8pm – 11:30pm
Location: Kfardebian, Mont Lebanon
This one is for all the fashion fanatics out there – a fashion show collection of 2017-2018 Haute Couture bridals and evening dresses.
Date: Saturday 28 October
Time: Starting at 7:30pm
Location: Forum de Beyrouth, Charles Relou Avenue, Beirut
When I think of wine, particularly fine wine, my first thought is of sipping a cold glass of Cote du Rhone on the Champs-Elysees, or an elegant Chianti in Tuscany, mulling its fruity taste and enjoying its robust bitter finish while I gaze at sprawling vineyards and contemplate life’s bigger questions. But therein lies the problem: I am not a wine drinker, nor have I earned the experience and knowledge to deem myself worthy of understanding or analyzing the sophisticated spirit. My immediate thoughts of wine are spawns of preconceived notions conditioned by the mainstream culture of what wine is. What online survey or cultural magazine does not include places such as Central Italy, Paris, Spain, and Argentina on the top of their lists? And rightfully so, these places have earned their legitimacy as the top growers and sellers, and their vineyards and products speak for themselves; however, I cannot deny that I, like many others who sip their wine rather than chug only because etiquette demands it and not because of an educated sense, have fallen victim to the favorable consensus and forgotten the small finesses that other, lesser-known wineries may possess.
The same can be true about wine culture in Lebanon. Local giants such as Ksara, Kefraya, and Musar have transcended anonymity and have become some of the country’s biggest exports to the Gulf and even the West, forsaking the people’s need to dig deeper and explore and instead settling us down with the popular and familiar.
This is not to discredit these brands. Their fame and reputation are more than justified, and we are proud to have them. But like in any competitive business, the underdog must be sought out and acknowledged.
And so, in seeking out these answers, my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip to wine country, both for romantic and educational purposes.
We ventured northeast off the coast, to the small towns of Edde and Smar Jbeil in Batroun District and cruised along the beautiful road that leads up to the churches of Saint Rafka and Saint Hardini. We stopped at all the local wineries, all of which were closed, including the popular IXSIR, which was busy prepping a wedding ceremony. Feeling defeated, we made one last attempt and stopped at Clos du Phoenix, a small winery situated by the main road.
Oblivious to the inconveniencies of others and driven by youthful resilience, we knocked on the door of a house near the winery and were luckily and undeservedly greeted by a friendly old woman who introduced us to her daughter Ayda, the winery’s official guide. Ayda explained to us, the ignorants that we were, that wineries must be contacted beforehand to ensure a guide is available and that we were lucky to have found her on such a short notice. We nodded agreeably, feeling foolish at our unannounced visit and grateful for her patience and hospitality. She directed us to their humble cellar, wrought with the deep and intoxicating fragrance of fermented grapes, and gave us a step-by-step guide of the process from harvest and picking to sorting, crushing and fermentation; the white and rose grapes heaped together while the red given its own distinct process. We mounted up the ladders to the containers and stared down, mindful not to ruin the precious batch with our drool.
For the tasting, we went up a spiral of stairs to a rooftop with a lovely view and were treated to samples concocted from Marsanne, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Grenache among other varietals expertly supervised by Burgundian winemaker Yvan Jobard. Ayda recounted a story of a sommelier who was dining at a Lebanese restaurant and who ordered a glass of Syrah only to be given a glass of Ksara instead. The somm, expert that he is, tasted the difference and made a point of exposing it. Ayda, a promising somm herself, expressed the same disappointment in the mainstream but was hopeful of the expansion of the culture.
Finally, with the sun setting over the water, we were escorted out of the winery, a little tipsier and a little prouder. We thanked Ayda for her generosity as you would a family member, and that’s what the Clos du Phoenix is: a family rather than a corporation.
We left with a bottle of white Emiresse and made a vow to drink it only on occasion. The next day, it was gone.
Check out the Clos Du Phoenix website for more information.
Photo credit: Clos Du Phoenix Facebook page
From medieval to communist themed bars, these idiosyncratic roadhouses will take you on a ride back to the good old days.
If you’re a snappy dresser, trend setter, dress maker, or anything like that, then Abou Ellie is not the pub you are looking for. It’s not the easiest pub to find, but if you’re looking to enjoy a Lebanese communist-themed bar then we’ve found the place for you. Abou Ellie is one of the old, classic bars of Hamra. Its red walls with the overwhelming number of photographs and signatures give a sense of belonging to its costumers, and a touch of nostalgia for bygone days from the Lebanese past. Filled with the music of Ziad El-Rahbani, Fairouz, Marcel Khalife, and many more, this place is sure to take you back to a more, shall we say, lively period in Lebanese history.
This bar might not exactly give you the royal treatment – if you’re expecting to feel as if you’re having a drink with the royal family or a Victorian vibe, you’ll have to look elsewhere – but one thing is certain here, and that’s the distinctive English feel about this Hamra bar. From the Union Flag on the wall and football games playing live on TV, to the soundtrack of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Queen playing in the background, the ambiance will likely have you packing your bags and booking a flight straight to London.
If you’re a fan of silent films and Charlie Chaplin is your guy, then we’ve got the perfect place for you. Chaplin Bar is a cocktail bar located in Mar Mikhael, and despite the fact that this bar’s theme is based on the Silent Film Era, you’re bound to feel as if you’ve been plunged straight into Charlie Chaplin’s “The Jazz Singer” with a variety of jazz, rock, and blues tempos. With its walls dressed up with vintage photographs, and the old fashioned style of the bar, you’ll be one step closer to our silent filmmaker; the one and only Mr Chaplin.
Although named after the notorious infamous cartel lord, the friendly Mexican-themed bar gives off nothing but warm vibes. With heart (and stomach) filling Mexican food, exotic cocktails, and shaking your hips to some fast latin tempo, Pablo Escobar transports you to its own little Latino village in the heart of Dbayeh.
For fans of the TV show, the name needs no introduction. Castle Black is a Game Of Thrones-themed bar based in the boulevard of Zahlé. The inside structure of the bar combines the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros into one place. In addition to serving character-inspired drinks and Game of Thrones boardgames, you can also enjoy the experience of watching the episodes with other fans during season time. By the end of the night, either you will be sitting on your own Iron Throne, or your watch will end.
Lebanese nightlight first met White in 2006 becoming the ultimate chic playground for upscale party-goers. This rooftop hotspot, located on Dora’s sea road highway, offers delicious cocktails, luxurious VIP bottle service and live sets from deejays and performers from around the world.
Tucked between the larger International and Lock Stock, Vyvyan’s is a shining example of Mar Mikhael’s many snug little posh dive bars. Open early for strong espresso – best taken while leaning on one of its outdoor tables, Mediterranean-style – it’s a sweet spot from which to watch the busy Armenia Street go by. As evening draws in, the music gets louder and the bar starts funnelling off punters from the throng of revellers lining the pavements. It competes with its more established neighbours by serving strong cocktails at relatively low prices. The staff from those very neighbours have been known to drink here after hours – praise doesn’t come higher than that.
Volume Beirut is a nightclub located in Sodeco. It’s a great place for drinking, dancing, and having a good time and dancing all your troubles away deep into the night.
Vivid is not your regular bar lounge concept.
Signature cocktails are prepared by the best bartenders and top-notch mixologists in the country to match every taste, along with an international food cuisine with unique flavours to complement all of your senses.
Whether at the bar, in the lounge area or on the top floor, Vivid is the place where memories are made. So come and make your lifetime memories.
French restaurant and boutique hotel
We serve the food we love and we serve it damn well too. That’s just the way we were raised to do things around here. Villa Badaro is more than a restaurant, it’s a home. A home for those kindred souls, the ones that appreciate things done the right way. The ones who know that the best condiment is good company. That “another round” is a sacred pact, and never a question.
We believe that where you choose to eat is almost as important as what you choose. That the green around you is indicative of the greens resting on your plate. So we built our dream in an old villa in the heart of the city. We built our garden before we even thought about the kitchen. And when the time came to finally start cooking we went and built our bar, because no great chef ever took out his knives and said “no, hold the drink until after I’m finished”.
If you like how this sounds, you’ll love what it tastes like. So pull up a chair, grab a glass and make it a double. It doesn’t make the food taste better, but it makes everyone a hell of lot more interesting.