Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…


Zaatar Wa Zeit
24-hour café that's busy all day and night. Perfect for a early morning snack before bed.
Yellow Submarine
Reservation are essential at this fashionable Japanese restaurant.
White Beirut
Where the spirit of Beirut is 'immortalized'. 
Whisky Mist Opens in Beirut
Nick House is bringing celebrity favourite Whisky Mist to the Lebanese Capital.
Whiskey Mist
London VIP club moves into Beirut’s Le Paon Rouge.
High design café with seasonal décor changes and a light airy feel.
Wadi Walima
Delightfully intimate Lebanese restaurant hidden inside an old townhouse.
Vin comme Vin
Wine connoisseurs need no other option…
West Beirut's answer to Downtown this small neighbourhood is packed with boutique stores selling everything from clothes to furniture. High society can't get enough of the place.
Tyre Public Beach
A simply beautiful beach close to the city's ruins which include Alexander the Great's monumental Arch to make a relaxing and culturally stimulating day trip.
Laid-back New York-style café in Achrafieh.
Torino Express
A tiny cellar bar which has succeeded in drawing in an achingly hip crowd.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Blue Elephant
Tinkling waterfalls and verdant undergrowth await customers in this basement Thai restaurant.
The Beirut Cellar
One of Beirut's oldest restaurants The Beirut Cellar has a loyal local following.
Traditional Lebanese with a regional twist – the perfect lunch/brunch stop
Stylish dessert-focused restaurant from the Ducasse stable.
Suit up, gents.
Sushi Bar
Sursock Musuem
The Sursock Museum houses an eclectic mix of modern and ancient art within stunning architectural surroundings.
Sunflowers Boutique
Sisters Paola, Tania and Carla Skaff create lovingly-made, original accessories for this Lebanese treasure trove.
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.
St George’s
Beirut's downtown area contains an incredible number of churches and mosques - there are at least 30 in a space the size of London - with the sound of church bells and the call to prayer competing with each other in a cacophony of sound.
Sporting Club
Sporting might not look like much - it's very difficult to see the beauty in concrete - but the resort is one of the best and well worth going to if only to try and parse out its appeal.
One Stop has become Spoon with a slick all wooden interior and laid back music.
Spa Phoenicia
Modern and utterly complete, Spa Phoenicia offers every type of pampering and relaxation therapy there is all in a luxurious and decadent surroundings.
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.
Sofitel le Gabriel
Attention to detail charming service and great style - we like the Gabriel.
The world-famous outdoor club SKYBAR is worth the visit in itself.
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Sheraton Verdun
Sophisticated and comfortable; an impressive piece of modern design both inside and out.
Shah Lounge
Arabic themed music lounge-cum-restaurant popular with a well-heeled crowd.
Fun friendly and hugely popular little fusion restaurant.

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