This little Beirut bar, Hole in the Wall, is exactly what its name suggests. Small, with a couple of high tables, Hole used to be popular with British ex-pats, UN soldiers and heavy pint drinkers – it is one of the few bars that has Caffreys and Heineken on tap – but these days it is the haunt of young Lebanese and students who want to drink à la English pub style. rn
Hole can get crowded, and at weekends the bar has been known to get pretty rowdy. Holding only about 50 people it can get hot, sweaty and noisy, especially with the Hendrix and Led Zeppelin soundtrack blaring from the speakers. As per usual the young and the drunk clamber onto the bar to strut their funky stuff to the Doors or the Rolling Stones. Hole in the Wall is all about drinking, dancing and deep conversation, and is a welcomingly casual affair.