On the rooftops of Beirut : five must-visit bars

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On the rooftops of Beirut : five must-visit bars

THE place for nightlife in the Mediterranean, vibrant Beirut has partying in its blood. Lebanon's capital is crammed with trendy hotspots and bars nestling on the tops of its buildings.

On the rooftops of Beirut : five must-visit bars

Stunning panoramic views at Iris

Think 360-degree views over the city, sophisticated decor and live concerts several evenings a week… Located on the rooftop terrace of the Al Nahar newspaper building, the Iris bar is always packed to capacity, so it's a good idea to book before you go. This hip venue exudes an air of gentle bohemian chic overlooking the port of Beirut. Its fabulous setting is certain to make you want to stay for dinner too. Here, dishes and drinks are elevated into wonderfully creative compositions, playing with the shapes of sophisticated delicacies and round shapes of the glasses. The menu boasts unusual cocktails such as the Overboard, a tasty blend of gin, grapefruit liqueur, grape juice and peach syrup. As the evening wears on, you will be joined by Beirut's bright young things as the atmosphere cranks up a gear with the arrival of the DJ.

Iris
Al Nahar Building, 8th floor
Martyrs' Square, Beirut
+961 30 90 936
www.irisbeirut.com

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On the rooftops of Beirut : five must-visit bars

Convivialité et burgers au Coop d'Etat

Discrètement perché en haut d'un immeuble anodin du quartier de Gemmayzeh, ce bar, caché des yeux de la foule, vaut le détour. Ses atouts : son atmosphère conviviale, son décor arboré, sa vue imprenable sur le port… et ses burgers qui font l'unanimité ! Si vous préférez le jour à la nuit, rendez-vous le dimanche, à partir de 13 h, pour un brunch buffet à volonté faisant honneur à la générosité libanaise avec des poulets aux épices, des soupes de lentilles et des œufs brouillés succulents.

Coop d'Etat,
Roof top du Saifi Urban Gardens
Rue Pasteur, Beyrouth
+961 71 134 173
www.saifigardens.com

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On the rooftops of Beirut : five must-visit bars

Friendly surroundings and burgers at the Coop d'Etat

Perched discreetly at the top of a faceless building in the Gemmayzeh district, far from the madding crowd, this bar is a certainly worth the detour. So, what's it got going for it? Well, a friendly atmosphere, tree-lined decor, breathtaking views over the port… and burgers that everyone loves! If you are a day-person rather than a night owl, head over there on a Sunday, from 1 p.m., for an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch that pays homage to Lebanese generosity with its spicy chicken, lentil soups and yummy scrambled eggs.

Coop d'Etat,
Rooftop at the Saifi Urban Gardens
Pasteur Street, Beirut
+961 71 134 173
www.saifigardens.com

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On the rooftops of Beirut : five must-visit bars

100% electro music at the Capitole

Located in the heart of downtown Beirut, on the roof of the imposing Asseily building, this is one of the city's hippest sky bars. Make sure you make a booking, otherwise you might not get in. Decidedly chic atmosphere, electro music and stylish food await you in this bar designed by Honduran architect, Adrian Perez. The colourful menu on offer has something to please everyone's tastes. You will find tuna tartare and imaginative salads, risottos and carpaccio served with a delicate drizzle of truffle oil. Beirut's in-crowd raves about this place as it looks out over the city and especially the Al-Amin mosque.

Capitole Beirut
Asseily Building,
Riad El Solh Square
Down Town, Beirut
+961 70 302 402
www.facebook.com/capitolebeirut/

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On the rooftops of Beirut : five must-visit bars

The Stairway's hidden gem of a terrace

If you are looking for a hideaway where you can whisper sweet nothings in your partner's ear, take refuge in the neighbourhood of Mar Mikhael. With oceans of charisma, the Stairway bar has a terrace protected from the hustle and bustle of Armenia Street. Not in the least bit bling, this bar serves salads, sandwiches and burgers, but especially fabulous cocktails, including a basil gin to die for. A green oasis and the perfect place to chill out in the heart of Beirut.

Stairway
Mar Mikhael, Beirut
+961 76 777 091
www.facebook.com/stairway.lb