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Where To Go When Traveling to Beirut, Lebanon

Updated on December 4, 2010

Despite the war ravaged area from 2000-2006, since then, Lebanon and its Paris of the Middle East, Beirut, is returning to its former self. High rises and buildings are being built and renovated, the shore and beaches are now gleaming like the pearl it was before war hit it in 1982 from the air with Israeli bombs. There is an American University near Hamra. Beirut has always been French in design as many architects from Paris came into the area after WW2. Arabic, English, Farsi and French are common languages.

In Beirut, nightlife is as vibrant as in NYC or SF. Check out the B018 club for heavy techno throbbing music. Stay until 4 am when the roof retracts open to expose the stars. Expect it to be packed. The club was built in a bunker. Thursday nights is 80s night and everything vibrates. Another rooftop club is Coop D'Etat on Pasteur St, for the more mellow music with live bands. The club from the outside may not look like much underneath an apartment building. College students go to Dany's Bar for live music also. Craving Arab pop music? Go to the Music Hall cabaret. They also play Cuban! Longing for a bar and restaurant that rock the house, go to MYU on Rue St. Antoine. Just watch the people.

Need food?

Try Al-Falamanki,, open 24\7 with a pleasant garden located on Damascus St. Centrale Restaurant is for the 1920s French in you, as the building dates back that far. The best ice cream is from Oslo Ice Cream. No ordinary stuff, but gourmet. For the best seafood, gotta go to Casablanca. This is Beirut's most famous and celebrated place, known for its seafood and salads.

Need a hotel?

The best are the Le Gray Hotel, which offers everything you may need plus a delightful rooftop restaurant! The Hotel Albergo is smaller, more boutique-ish with antique furnished suites.

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      Riviera Rose 

      7 years ago from South of France

      Beirut's a special place, I was lucky enough to go there in the mid 90s when I was living in Cyprus. Hope you share more experiences!

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 years ago

      I will look around.

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      Sophia Angelique 

      7 years ago

      Nice. How about some photos. You can find some at wikimedia commons and chose the ones relevant to this article. I would love to see them.

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