As the song goes, summertime and living is easy! Life in Beirut in the summer is definitely something to behold, with amazing daily concerts and events, crazy nightlife, and a city teaming with life! Check out the best picks for this week’s activities:
1. Ziad Rahbani at Zouk Mikael Festival on Thursday Night
The Rahbanis are really Lebanon’s musical monarchs and Ziad, son of Assi Rahbani and Fairuz, has been putting on incredible shows for decades. Check out his latest performance at the Zouk Mikael Festival in a unique setting as well. Details.
2. Alter Ego Featuring Booka Shade at Pier 7 on Thursday Night
It’s the 7th instalment of Alter Ego, and the EDM fans in Beirut know a good thing when they see one. This week’s awesome guest DJ is Booka Shade so don’t miss a chance to party properly at the seaside Pier 7. Details.
3. Iftar at the Pheonicia
Ramadan is still on and the Iftar options at the many Pheonicia outlets are not to be missed. From Mosaic to Caffe Mondo, Wok Wok and the lovely outdoor Amethyst, there are amazing selections to choose from. Enjoy!
4. Clockwork at Electric Sundown on Friday Night
Another Friday, another Electric Sundown… but none is ever like the other! Don’t miss UK-based DJ Clockwork spinning great deep house tracks right on the beach at Iris Beach Resort in Damour. Details.
5. Tiki Retro at Bonita Bay on Friday Night
If it’s a feel-good Friday night you’re after, drive to Bonita Bay in Batroun for one awesome party that will transport you to a tropical island (exotic fruit drinks included!) Details.
6. Flamenco with Maria Pages Compania at Beiteddine Art Festival on Friday Night
The latest performance by this incredible dancer is Utopia, an emotional Flamenco ballet with set design by the great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Maria Pages Compania will blow you away in the majestic Beiteddine palace.
7. Scorpions at Byblos International Festival on Friday and Saturday
The legends are back in Lebanon! After the great success of their 2011 concert, they’re back to perform on two nights in the sea-side stage by the old port of Byblos. We know you’ll be singing along, and so will we. Definitely don’t miss this massive concert. Details.
8. The Gärten Presents Danny Daze and Francesca Lombardo
The new venue, with its dome and the awesome grass, is certainly holding its own, with London-based DJ Francesca Lombardo up next at their Saturday night extravaganzas. Details.
9. Fish by the Sea
Have you ever driven up the coast of Lebanon from Jounieh towards Byblos? The entire coast is lined with fish restaurants galore! Whether you’re into splurging (try Chez Sami) or want a more pocket-friendly meal, drive up the coastal road for some great views, and explore what the local restaurants have to offer, and finish the adventure with some seriously delish fish.
10. One Thousand and One Night at ORA Beirut on Saturday Night
This fairy tale night featuring the one and only guru of oriental music Said Mrad is becoming a huge success. Check it out this weekend at Ora in Dbayeh. Details.
11. Jonathan Batiste & Monica Yunus with the Stay Human Band at Zouk Mikael Festival
Award-winning musician Jon Batiste is one of the most exciting crossover talents worldwide, with incredible jazz rhythms that captivate all audiences. Don’t miss his performance at the beautiful Zouk Mikael, along with soprano Monica Yunus. Details.