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.