Everything is better with music, and live music in particular sets the soundtrack for our lives as we drink, socialize and sway, or as we make our way through the thick of the crowd and perch ourselves closest to the stage, unmindful of the excess noise, to just sit and listen and reflect with whatever band or artist is on display. The demand for live shows has become so high that bars and venues across the country have integrated them into their business strategies, and as is the odd charm in our small country, a great number of artists with mad skills have surfaced to meet the people’s needs. Here are some of the best places where you can seek them out.
Radio Beirut (Mar Mikhael)
Not only is Radio Beirut the quintessential host to both local and international performers, but this dimly lit shack has also long been a mecca to which legions of aspiring songwriters and hipsters flock on their pilgrimage of music and social gathering. It is credited for encouraging and promoting musicians through their Tuesday Jam Sessions, which airs live on their podcast, and where artists can play any genre ranging from Hip-Hop to electronic so long as it is their own.
Hole in the Wall (Monot)
Many local artists got their start at the Hole in the Wall, and some of them have since become residents to subsequently create the Hole in the Wall family; a group of local talents that often jam together and play the most beloved cover songs to a devoted following of fans and friends. True to its name, the Hole draws its charm from its good beer and close quarters, making it the go-to-place for people to huddle together and get their live music fix.
LockStock (Mar Mikhael)
Neighbour to Radio Beirut and often regarded as its main competitor on the strip, Lockstock has its Wednesdays and Sundays reserved for their pick of the litter (most frequently Nour Nimri and Joy Fayad) for a rollicking good time and a lively audience.
June Beach Resort (Amchit)
Located on Amchitt’s beach front, June has quickly risen up the ranks as one of the most known harbors of live performers. They maintain a diverse selection of artists that changes on a weekly basis and often host Sunset gigs that further complement its breezy and comfortable setting.
The veteran on the scene and grandfather to all live venues, the Quadrangle opens its azure walls to hard-hitting rock and metal bands, helping to keep the rock culture alive amidst the ever-prospering pop and techno era.