Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

February 30
February 30, a hip resto-pub in Beirut, offers creative cocktails and delicious food in a trendy, yet inviting setting.
Ferdinand
A warm and welcoming bar and restaurant, Ferdinand, named after the friendly bull, does great burgers and even better drinks...
Iris
Eau de Vie
Sushi Bar
Lina’s
The perfect place to kick back with a strong morning coffee a little bit of breakfast and a newspaper.
Foul, Hommos & Co
With a handful of tables and an open kitchen this is a quintessential Lebanese experience.
Byblos Sur Mer
A five-day yoga retreat in the ancient port city of Byblos.
Achrafieh
Tucked away on the picturesque streets of Achrafieh are independent antique stores furniture and design galleries craft stalls jewellers and clothes shops selling everything from locally-made accessories to international designer labels.
Ksara Winery
Oenophilecognoscenti will be familiar with vintages created by Lebanese producers; Ksara is among the finest.
Pigeon Rocks
The Pigeon Rocks two masses of rock rising from the Mediterranean at the far end of the Corniche are a great source of interest to the Lebanese. 
Mayrig
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
Souq al Barghout
Souq al Barghout is every bargain hunter's dream; a mix between a giant flea market and car boot sale those willing to sift through the tat can unearth some real buried treasure.
Casablanca
Lively atmospheric fusion restaurant overlooking the Corniche.
Yabani
Reservation are essential at this fashionable Japanese restaurant.
Time Out (La Closerie)
A tranquil sophisticated Achrafieh outpost Time Out is one of those charming bars which should always remain a secret.
Bar Louie
Low key bar hosting jazz soul and bluegrass from international and local talent.
Al Balad
Cheap and cheerful Lebanese restaurant with fantastic food. A local treat.
Cassino
Chi chi club for an upmarket crowd who like to party Lebanese style.
Centrale
Karam Beirut
One of Beirut's best Lebanese restaurants.
37 Degrees
This friendly little bar off Monnot Street is the perfect starting point for a night out.
Yellow Submarine
Al Kahwa
Across the road from the university Al Kahwa attracts a friendly student crowd.
Scallywags
Fun friendly and hugely popular little fusion restaurant.
Tamaris
Stylish dessert-focused restaurant from the Ducasse stable.
Tawlet
Traditional Lebanese with a regional twist – the perfect lunch/brunch stop
Shah Lounge
Arabic themed music lounge-cum-restaurant popular with a well-heeled crowd.
Byblos (Jbeil)
Byblos is a picture-postcard Lebanese seaside town from the crumbling port walls and imposing Crusader castle ruins to the delectable seafood and rugged fishermen repairing their nets. Perfect for a day out with plenty of picture-taking opportunities
BO18
This legendary club has a decadent crazy debauched vibe.
The Corniche
The Corniche is a glimpse of everyday life in Beirut whether it be the hawkers selling snacks on the sidelines or the families strolling the seafront hand in hand. Take to the pRomenade and see for yourself.
Nova
La Tabkha
Stylish Lebanese lunch spot in fashionable Gemayzeh.
Al Mijana
Glamorous Lebanese restaurant in a beautiful Ottoman building.
Dragonfly
Hole-in-the-wall style bar responsible for bringing late night drinking back to Gemayzeh.
Grand Cafe
We are a modern French brasserie, merging France's timeless vibrancy with an unmistakable Bay Area flair. But don't let the grandeur fool you. Dress up, dress down this is all of the French with none of the fuss. 
Manara Palace
Popular with families Manara Palace has a large open terrace right by the sea.
Le Chef
Simple Lebanese restaurant that the locals swear by.
Mayass
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.
Sursock Musuem
The Sursock Museum houses an eclectic mix of modern and ancient art within stunning architectural surroundings.

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