One anecdote says you need three days and six nights to discover Beirut. Yes, this city is known for its vibrant and vivid nightlife. It is funny, but the same streets look completely dfferent during the day and then with the lights and filled with partying people at night.
My husband used to be quite a party tiger. When I joined him in Beirut, he let me discover all the less and more trendy and popular spots for outings. Some of them disappeared, new ones are now in fashion but one of the ones we always come back to happily is Dragonfly, a small pub in Gemmayze.
Dragonfly is situated in an old Lebanese building with an arched ceiling and a huge arched wooden gate. You feel like coming to a cave some hundred years ago. It is quite small but very cosy, and the atmosphere is outgoing. The bartenders are very friendly. Be prepared — they will not skimp on the alcohol when preparing your drink.
Regarding the food, you can have some bites, but don’t expect a full meal. Usually, there is a DJ taking care of the pleasant, not too intrusive, background music. The crowd consists of a “healthy blend” I would say — a bit Lebanese, a bit foreign, a bit posh, a bit bohemian. A nice mix of everything. I would recommend you try their cocktails and maybe you should enjoy the cocktail happy hour between 17:00 – 21:00. Cheers!