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.
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.
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.
Trumpet is a vintage bar and restaurant with a retro-funky decor aimed at transporting guests back in time to the vibrant and decadent life of past decades.
In addition to its expertly crafted cocktails, funky music, authentic décor and skilled staff, Trumpet Cocktails, Food & Tunes boasts a delicious food menu which will surely tantalize your taste buds.
Located in the always hip and busy Alleyway in Hamra, Tipsy Goose serves the most refreshing cocktails and drinks.
They have a full bar available, finger foods, cheese plates, and more!
The Twelve Bar, in Hamra, is there to make sure that you can get a great drink in an enjoyable surrounding, but more importantly, with a great soundtrack playing in the background.
The name of the bar comes from ’12-bar’, which I’m sure you know is one of the most popular chord progressions in blues. The Twelve Bar is rowdy and lively, but always friendly, and you can be sure that you’ll have a fun night.
If it gets too crowded inside the excitement frequently overflows onto the street, but you can also hang out on their balcony upstairs and watch the people pass by below. A good place to drink if you’re short on cash, with two happy hours a night.
“The Next Whiskey Bar” is a whiskey oriented Bar & Restaurant in Beirut serving numerous whiskeys from all over the world.
Their spirits include a variety of malts (Scottish highland, lowland, Speyside, Islay and Japanese islands), American, Irish and Scotch. Our mixologists serve the best international and whiskey-based cocktails to satisfy the taste of mixes’ lovers.
Alongside with your drinks, you can enjoy a unique dining experience: The food menu includes appetizers, salads, main course (classic pork chops, etc.)
Food and drinks are accompanied by good music! The best local musicians and singers perform live, daily, starting 7:00 pm; followed by a resident DJ on the decks playing music from jazz and blues to funk and pop.
Sip an afternoon Irish coffee, enjoy an early dinner, or just hit our bar for a tasty drink!