Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Waterlemon
High design café with seasonal décor changes and a light airy feel.
Al Kahwa
Across the road from the university Al Kahwa attracts a friendly student crowd.
Aziz
Unassuming yet fabulous French restaurant with an excellent wine list.
Shah Lounge
Arabic themed music lounge-cum-restaurant popular with a well-heeled crowd.
Nova
Cocteau
Upmarket French restaurant with decor paying homage to Jean Cocteau.
Tawlet
Traditional Lebanese with a regional twist – the perfect lunch/brunch stop
The Blue Elephant
Tinkling waterfalls and verdant undergrowth await customers in this basement Thai restaurant.
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.
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.
Crowne Plaza
Celtic
Irish boozer with a continually buzzing vibe.
Regusto
An old-school café serving up sport beer and decent Armenian food.
The Golf Club
Rather surprisingly, there is only one golf course in Beirut - especially given the high number of ex-pats who live here. The Golf Club of Lebanon is part of a country club-style complex offering argyle-clad golfers more than just gorgeous greens.
La Tabkha
Stylish Lebanese lunch spot in fashionable Gemayzeh.
The Hippodrome
Let's face it Beirut's horse racing scene is never going to compare to the Grand National, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe or the Kentucky Derby - but the Lebanese do love to gamble which makes it exciting nevertheless.
Ginette
Opened late in 2010 in the Lebanese capital, Ginette is a concept store that's part restaurant, part shop and part art gallery. Beirut's sartorial set can't get enough.
Tribeca
Laid-back New York-style café in Achrafieh.
Dragonfly
Hole-in-the-wall style bar responsible for bringing late night drinking back to Gemayzeh.
Al Mijana
Glamorous Lebanese restaurant in a beautiful Ottoman building.
Allo Limo
ABC Shopping Centre
Beirut's main mall houses the ABC department store as well as a range of other shops restaurants and a six-screen cinema. Spread over six levels ABC has everything you could possibly want under one roof - and then some.
Chase
Laid-back Achrafieh stalwart overlooking Sassine Square.
Beirut by Bike
Cycling in Beirut can be somewhat problematic - the problem being the insanely dangerous and blinkered driving style of most Lebanese. But if you can get up to er speed on the principles of survival here then it's a great way to see the city.
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. 
Le Chef
Simple Lebanese restaurant that the locals swear by.
Mayass
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.
Beirut National Museum
If Lebanon is admired for its seven millennia of history, the Beirut National Museum is at the same time its window and refuge. 
The Beirut Cellar
One of Beirut's oldest restaurants The Beirut Cellar has a loyal local following.
Sursock Musuem
The Sursock Museum houses an eclectic mix of modern and ancient art within stunning architectural surroundings.
Manara Palace
Popular with families Manara Palace has a large open terrace right by the sea.
Pacifico
Cocktails and atmosphere make this Mexican bar and restaurant a Beirut institution.
Music Hall
Cabaret style environment where high-end local acts perform in front of large crowds.
Le Gray
Le Gray, owned by hotelier-of-the-moment Gordon Campbell Gray, is arguably the sleekest stay in Beirut.
The Magnum Club
You'd think getting hold of some weaponry wouldn't be too tricky in Beirut but you'd be surprised. Besides it's all a lot safer and more controlled to head off to the range and learn how to master a handgun properly.
District
Achingly hip District attracts a moneyed crowd with industrial high design and an unabashed party mentality.
Safir Heliopolitan
Classy modern hotel with stunning views of the Med and snow capped Mount Lebanon.
Sofitel le Gabriel
Attention to detail charming service and great style - we like the Gabriel.
Julia’s
Elegant romantic French/fusion restaurant in the heart of Achrafieh.

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