As much as I love Beirut, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t think about my ex, Miami, all of the time. Some of the best nights of my life were spent going to and from the endless array of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs scattered all around South Beach.
No reservations required, just pure, unadulterated fun and spontaneity… (something my life is definitely lacking here in Beirut.. you can’t do anything without a reservation!)
But there were those nights (ooohh those nightttss) when my friends and I wanted to do something a bit more..well..you know..glamorous. So, on those occasions, we would head out to some of the more popular, posh places on South Beach..which all happen to be located inside of really luxurious hotels..a fact that all Miami locals really enjoy..
Why? Well, it means that you get to experience the best of these 4/5 star hotels without having to pay for a night’s stay. It also means that you have everything you want all under one roof! Sounds great, right? I thought so.
So tell me, why hasn’t this trend fully caught on in Lebanon yet? You have it in Dubai, but that’s mainly because of the alcohol restrictions. But really..I feel like there are so many hotels in Beirut, both luxurious and boutique, that aren’t tapping into this hidden potential. As for whether there is a market for more nightlife spots in Beirut, the answer is a resounding YES! Don’t you agree? The places that already exist a) are always too full, b) are way past their hay day, or c) were never very popular to begin with..
I wanted to show you exactly what I’m talking about, so I did some research, and here are three of the hottest places in Miami right now..all located inside hotels..
The first is Bleau Bar, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in South Beach..
…and this is LIV nightclub, THE hottest place on the beach, also located inside The Fontainebleau Hotel.
..and this? This is an average Friday/Saturday night at LIV..
Here we have another example. This is The Living Room lounge/bar at the W Hotel in South Beach..
..and this is Wall nightclub also located in the W Hotel..
..and this?? A typical Tuesday night at Wall..Yeah you read right..Tuesday. Locals love going out on weekdays..it’s actually the “in” thing to do. Weekends are reserved for tourists on South Beach..
And last but not least, we have one of my favorites..The Delano Hotel..this is the Rose Bar at the Delano Hotel..
..and this is The Florida Room nightclub at The Delano Hotel..I know I know, at first glance it looks like something you would find on a Caribbean Cruise…but believe you me, The Florida Room hosts the hottest R&B and Hip Hop nights on South Beach right now..which also take place on Tuesdays!
Where am I going with this? Well I went to Eau de Vie, the 11th floor restaurant at Phoenicia last night… and it reminded me so much of what I used to do with my friends in Miami. You know, the whole “splurge on a night out at a luxurious hotel” thing..
Everything about the experience was just exceptional. The food (order the calamari for your appetizer, the sea bass for your main, and the pain perdu AND chocolate fondant for dessert), the drinks (finally we have true mixologists in this city who know how to make delicious cocktails), and the ambiance (the panoramic views, the sexy decor, the spacious setting, and who could forget the lighting feature!)!!
And what’s more? They even serve brunch on Sundayssss! yesss.. I’ve been scouring the city for a brunch spot!
My conclusion? It looks to me like Phoenicia is ready to set a new nightlife and entertainment trend in Lebanon. I say, bring it! And while your at it, hire more women to work as servers, hostesses, and bartenders. They bring such elegance, glamour, and class to every setting 😉 ..oh, and finally..open up a posh nightclub! Lebanon, Beirut, and the Beirutis are ready for this!!