Beirut Nightlife: Winter Edition

If you ever come across a Lebanese expat and strike up a conversation with them about their homeland, they are likely to boast about the vibrant nightlife scene particularly in the capital Beirut. Despite the country’s occasional instability there’s no doubt the Lebanese know how to party, so much so that many famous Lebanese clubs and lounges have recently opened in Dubai.  Having experienced a fair number of nightlife scenes around the world, I am yet to find anywhere that compares to Beirut – in terms of variety, cost, and ambience. Dubbed the party capital of the Middle East, Beirut has something for everyone no matter what day of the week it is. Most, if not all, clubs/lounges/bars open late daily which is one of the many reasons I love Beirut. Here are my top picks for going out in Beirut during winter:

Music Hall

Looking for good music, live performances and great food? This place is for you. Serving a slightly older crowd in a theatre-like setting, this is one spot guaranteed to keep you entertained all night. Avoid if on a budget. Reservation is a must.

Indie

This lavish lounge is the winter brainchild of the team behind White, one of Beirut’s hottest summer rooftop nightclubs. I love the interior décor of this place, not to mention the excellent cocktails. You can catch a live band playing here frequently. Reservation is a must for large groups.

Bistro Bar

This bar is one of the pioneers behind the revival of the iconic alleyway in the Hamra district. For a chilled out night Fridays here are best, but for a pumping night be sure to go on a Saturday as the music is more upbeat.

Caprice

Bazaar night happening here every Friday is one of the hottest tickets in town. Dance the night away at this funky lounge/bar with a fusion of English, French, & Arabic tunes. If you prefer R&B music be sure to head over on a Thursday for URBN night. Reservation is a must.

Uruguay Street

Looking for a last minute drinking destination and not sure where to go? This alleyway in the heart of downtown Beirut is home to an endless streak of pubs and bars. Good for pub hopping with friends.

B018

EDM music lovers, you won’t want to skip this underground nightclub famous for its open and closeable ceiling. Be sure to check out its legendary 80’s night every Thursday. Reservation is a must for large groups.

The Hub

The latest nightclub to hit the Beirut party scene, this place hosts superb R&B nights every Saturday and funky Pop Tart nights every Friday. Reservation is a must.

Under Construction

Enjoy deep house beats all night long in one of the coolest lounges in Mar Mikhael. The interior is super dandy with pipes along the ceiling and large bolts on the walls, hence the name ‘under construction’.

Coop D’etat

Located on an enclosed rooftop in Saifi, this bar is a favorite among foreigners due to the cheap drinks and casual atmosphere. Go early to get a good spot because they don’t take reservations. Good for those on a budget.

The Grand Factory

This place hosts the “C U NXT SAT” party every Saturday. If you’re seeking somewhere to let loose and rave to EDM music all night, you’re in for a real treat here.

The O1ne

The winter equivalent of Skybar, this club has only been open a year and is already booming. If you’re looking to have a wild night this is the place to go. Avoid if on a budget. Reservation is a must.

SUD lounge

For those looking for a more relaxing vibe, head to SUD Lounge right above SUD restaurant in Mar Mikhael. Great for both dinner and drinks.

P.s: Be sure to ask about the age restriction as a lot of these places are 21+

Have you ever experienced Beirut’s nightlife scene? If not, which is your favourite party city?

Let’s Talk Fashion

In every group of girl friends lies a fashionista. In other words, the person whose wardrobe everybody envies, the person who’d earn a gold medal if shopping were a sport, and the person who approves your first date outfits.

As I reflect on my own group of friends one person stands out in this aspect, and it’s not a coincidence that her name is Diva. She recently created an Instagram page (@looksbydiva) where she regularly posts outfits she’s assembled as well as fashion trends she loves, all for good fun. If you’re on Instagram and in need of some everyday outfit inspiration, or simply enjoy keeping up with the latest trends then give her a follow, I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂

The page caters to all tastes and outfits range from classy to casual. Below are some of my favourite looks, what do you think?

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Self-Progress

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2014 is to have a more active lifestyle. It’s my senior year at university so I decided to become more involved in student clubs and events. I signed up to be part of the team organizing my university’s annual festival and joined the Junior Chamber International club as well as the Business Student Society. Generally speaking, I come off as a shy and reserved person ( well at least until you get to know me) but being part of these clubs and events has given me a confidence boost not to mention I’ve made so many new friends. I feel like a new and improved person; so much has changed since my high school days. In high school everything was handed to me on a platter, my schedule was set and I was around the same people every day which gave me a sense of security and belonging.  Before I knew it I had graduated and was heading to university. The time had come for me to get out of my comfort zone and confront the real world, an unpredictable world unlike the familiar one I’d always known. It was a scary thought at the time and I must admit I struggled to adjust initially especially when I began to lose friends but if anything it proved who my real friends were. If you are experiencing this now I can assure you that the different kinds of people you’ll meet in university make up for those lost high school friendships. Little did I know when I began my university experience that there were people out there whom I’d feel much closer to and comfortable around than those from high school. There are still genuine people out there in the world, it’s up to you to differentiate them from the superficial ones even if you have to learn that the hard way.

I’m also a big believer in giving back to the community and I try not to miss an opportunity to help out.  I’m currently volunteering at the Saint Jude Children’s Cancer Center conveniently situated across the street from my university. It’s only a 2 hour commitment per week and being around children who are battling for their life has given me a newfound sense of appreciation of life itself. If you ever find yourself with nothing to do get out there and volunteer. The amount of satisfaction it’ll bring you knowing you’re making a difference is extraordinary and you’ll learn so much more about yourself in the process.

Besides extra-curriclular acitivies, I’m working part-time at my university’s Alumni Office during my breaks. It’s the first paid job I’ve had and I can’t tell you how good it feels to make my own income. I’m saving up in order to visit my cousin in London this summer and that’s what’s keeping me motivated. Setting goals is easy, achieving them is the tricky part but so far I can make out the lights of London town at the end of the long dark tunnel.

Now that I’ve filled up my time with so many things and become more productive, I’m much happier and I encourage you all to do the same. Take art lessons, sign up at the local gym (which I have yet to do), go on a picnic etc. Life is too short to be lazy, although sometimes that’s okay but don’t push it.