The one Beirut nightclub that has truly attained worldwide fame is the legendary BO18. Designed by avant-garde architect Bernard Khoury, BO, as it is affectionately known, is located, rather morbidly, on the site of a brutal wartime massacre in Karantina. What makes BO18 so special is its design and the decadent, crazy, debauched vibe that drives it. It all happens in a small, box-shaped underground room – descend the stairs into the dark, bumping club where the music is hard techno and tribal house and the girls are wearing little more than heels and miniskirts. At the far end vampyric seats line the long bar, while the rest of the space is decked out with a number of low tables – each morbidly adorned with the image of a dead film or music legend. There is no real dance-floor – each seat closes down into a bench to dance on. When the vibe from the mixed-age crowd gets suitably hot and sweaty, that’s the cue for BO18’s pièce de resistance – the mirrored roof opens up to reveal the star-spangled sky. Be sure to dress up and have a girl on your arm or alternatively pull up in a Porsche or you won’t get in.