Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beirut

Bar ThreeSixty
Open from October to April, Bar ThreeSixty is a chic, sophisticated spot for drinking and dancing in Downtown Beirut.
Stereo Kitchen
With a name that sounds like an 80s mash up, Stereo Kitchen is downtown Beirut’s exquisitely designed destination for great food, cocktails and dancing.
Iris
Eau de Vie
Sushi Bar
Al Dente
Elegant popular Italian restaurant in a traditional Lebanese house.
Ksara Winery
Oenophilecognoscenti will be familiar with vintages created by Lebanese producers; Ksara is among the finest.
Le Coffee
American-style diner serving burgers milkshakes and all things unholy.
Mandarine
Chichi cafe/restaurant in the up-and-coming district of Verdun.
Casablanca
Lively atmospheric fusion restaurant overlooking the Corniche.
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.
Mayrig
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
India
Delicious Punjabi cuisine from best Indian restaurant in Beirut.
Yabani
Reservation are essential at this fashionable Japanese restaurant.
Bar Louie
Low key bar hosting jazz soul and bluegrass from international and local talent.
Time Out (La Closerie)
A tranquil sophisticated Achrafieh outpost Time Out is one of those charming bars which should always remain a secret.
The Riviera
Elegant French-style hotel right on the Corniche.
Cassino
Chi chi club for an upmarket crowd who like to party Lebanese style.
Al Balad
Cheap and cheerful Lebanese restaurant with fantastic food. A local treat.
37 Degrees
This friendly little bar off Monnot Street is the perfect starting point for a night out.
Karam Beirut
One of Beirut's best Lebanese restaurants.
Waterlemon
High design café with seasonal décor changes and a light airy feel.
Fennel
Low key Italian that draws in foodies from near and far.
The Blue Elephant
Tinkling waterfalls and verdant undergrowth await customers in this basement Thai restaurant.
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.
Cocteau
Upmarket French restaurant with decor paying homage to Jean Cocteau.
BO18
This legendary club has a decadent crazy debauched vibe.
Tawlet
Traditional Lebanese with a regional twist – the perfect lunch/brunch stop
Al Mijana
Glamorous Lebanese restaurant in a beautiful Ottoman building.
Crowne Plaza
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.
Dragonfly
Hole-in-the-wall style bar responsible for bringing late night drinking back to Gemayzeh.
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.
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. 
The Beirut Cellar
One of Beirut's oldest restaurants The Beirut Cellar has a loyal local following.
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.
Manara Palace
Popular with families Manara Palace has a large open terrace right by the sea.
Mayass
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.

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