Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…


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.
Eau de Vie
Sushi Bar
Chichi cafe/restaurant in the up-and-coming district of Verdun.
Al Dente
Elegant popular Italian restaurant in a traditional Lebanese house.
Warm and welcoming Armenian-Lebanese restaurant. Not to be missed.
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.
Lively atmospheric fusion restaurant overlooking the Corniche.
Byblos Sur Mer
A five-day yoga retreat in the ancient port city of Byblos.
Delicious Punjabi cuisine from best Indian restaurant in Beirut.
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.
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.
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.
Chi chi club for an upmarket crowd who like to party Lebanese style.
The Riviera
Elegant French-style hotel right on the Corniche.
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.
High design café with seasonal décor changes and a light airy feel.
Low key Italian that draws in foodies from near and far.
Unassuming yet fabulous French restaurant with an excellent wine list.
Upmarket French restaurant with decor paying homage to Jean Cocteau.
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.
Shah Lounge
Arabic themed music lounge-cum-restaurant popular with a well-heeled crowd.
This legendary club has a decadent crazy debauched vibe.
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.
Crowne Plaza
Al Mijana
Glamorous Lebanese restaurant in a beautiful Ottoman building.
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.
Laid-back Achrafieh stalwart overlooking Sassine Square.
Charming reasonably priced Armenian-Lebanese restaurant set in an old townhouse.
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.
The Beirut Cellar
One of Beirut's oldest restaurants The Beirut Cellar has a loyal local following.

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