Summer Kicks in – Down with politics !
While politics will still roam Lebanese go clubbers‘ chit-chat, the tone will be somewhat careless. Deep down, what is really happening in Lebanon’s political turmoil will mean little to the summer that will kick in socially.
Last year, the lively to almost embarrassing image of Lebanese clubbing and partying during the summer war was impossible to kill, neither from Israel nor Hezbollah. The Lebanese deserve this summer more than any other country!
Lebanon’s nightlife is its soul and living proof that it refuses to die. The people know, politics will always end in plain talks. We all know its society has no real power when international governments are deeply involved; but what they can’t stop, is our lively hood.
Lebanon’s nightlife without any doubt is the envy of the middle east. Dubai’s plastic city (regardless of complaint emails I’m going to get on this) may build great buildings and innovative designs, but what they can’t purchase, is culture. The béton, yes its nice and pleasing to the eye, but Lebanese Expatriates will often return to Lebanon for their vacations; Not to mention the hundreds of thousands living in France, Canada, Africa, Australia and the (United) States.
Lebanons social life has been talked about in TimeOut magazines, Le Figaro, Travel Magazine, and many other top-notch and cultural outlets. Last year, before the war with Israel; Beirut was ranked as the 9th best city to visit in Summer of 2006.
Rooftop bars and underground clubs have been the craze for the witted clubers with a penchant for bar hopping. Saifi’s Basement nightclub has come up with its humorous slogan “It’s safer underground” as women and men took stage dancing on tables to the rhythmic beats of house and electronic music. While bars like White, the Sky bar and bubbles, which are only open during summer season, perch high atop the An-Nahar building, Bubbles on the roof of the Palm beach hotel in Ain Al-Mreisseh enforce strict dress codes and attract long queues of would be party-goers.
Sky Bar, situated in the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Centre (BIEL), opened for only two days last summer, before closing due to the war with Israel. The club finally re-opened again this summer and is now catering to crowds of thousands every weekend.
The Lebanese like to have fun” explained Sky Bar manager Wadih Khoury. They cannot stay home and just wait for the bombing to stop … We must live and enjoy ourselves.” shouting among a crowd of 3000 people over the weekend.
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