Take an ancient stone house; give it an ultra-stylish makeover and a location beside the fabled St. Nicholas Stairway, an area known for its hip art galleries and bohemian character, and you begin to get a feel for what Gem is like.
This restaurant bar takes its cue from the lively nature of Gemmayzeh Street. Yet instead of limiting itself to the standard formula of other bars, the experience it proposes is truly something to be savored – both for the cocktails and the exquisite courses on offer.
At Gem, the dining experience takes on an unmistakable flair. For starters, the setting is intimate, which really sets it apart from the other narrow and crowded bars in the vicinity. Visitors who are ushered in have two choices of seating, either the indoor area or an outdoor terrace overlooking the stairway.
Décor is based on a light color scheme of beige, ash grey and blue. Washed colors fuse with rustic elements, such as carved wooden doors and old-style divans, to heighten the Levantine character of the place. At the same time, tradition is reinterpreted through a series of contemporary elements woven into the design.
One of the highlights of Gem is the bar. It boasts an exceptional cocktail variety that complements the Mediterranean cuisine with an international beverage menu of fresh, fruit-based drinks.
Every effort is made to make visitors feel genuinely familiar. Flickering candles, windows offering a wide-angle view to the vibrant street life, and an acid jazz musical selection. Gem is part of a new breed of restaurant bar concepts that are constantly redefining what a night out means. The fact that it has managed to build up such a loyal following in a relatively short period proves it on the right track.
Address: Gemmayze Str. Nicolas Stairs
Tel: 961 1 577 977
Mobile: 961 70 220 223