Beirut drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Beirut

Ferdinand

Self-assured and welcoming, this is a convivial evening spot with a softer musical footprint than most. They do a fine cocktail, the smoked burgers are dripping with taste and served with showbiz flair, while the wh…
Club in Beirut

Grand Factory

Beirut’s fame as a party city is in part due to Grand Factory, located on the panoramic roof of a former industrial site. The venue hosts live concerts and international DJ sets. While it privileges electronic beats…
Pub in Beirut

Bedivere

With a lightly worn medieval theme and mellow soundtrack, this inviting hideaway has cute outdoor tables and an interior dominated by sociable bar-counter seating. With interesting cocktails and the tasty 961 Lebane…
Club in Beirut

Posh

In Saifi near Downtown, this club is party central for a mixed crowd: it's a mainstay of the Beirut LGBT scene. A state-of-the-art lighting-and-sound system is used to great advantage, with patrons strutting their s…
Cafe in Beirut

Café Younes

The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans has been enticing patrons into this friendly cafe near the American University of Beirut since 1935, rewarding them with the best coffee in Beirut (espresso, filter, decaf an…
Bar in Beirut

Dragonfly

Attracting a 30s-something arty crowd, this long-standing bar has a Parisian-style decor and cocktail waiters smartly decked out in ties and lab coats. And there's certainly plenty of chemistry going on in their del…
Rooftop Bar in Beirut

Iris

Beirut has some great rooftops and this is one of the best, a cracking place to be at sunset sipping a (pricey) cocktail and admiring the excellent view. The romance gradually morphs into party mode as the evening c…
Cafe in Beirut

Kalei Coffee Company

Very popular with Beiruti hipsters and expat workers, this arty place is a little tucked-away haven: it's very pleasant to sit outside and slowly realise you can't hear any car horns. It's not cheap, but the coffee …
Club in Beirut

B 018

Easily the most famous club in town, this gay-friendly underground place a couple of kilometres east of Downtown is known for its mock-horror interior and sliding roof, which always opens at some point during the ni…
Bar in Beirut

Junkyard

A stack of well-worn shipping containers converted into a fashionable bar/party venue hybrid, Junkyard has a great rooftop terrace showcasing recycled materials: check out the bucket lamps. Downstairs features a hug…