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Something about being in Beirut transports you to the past for a moment, only to be pulled back to the present by the visible modernization which is as much a characteristic of the city as its anachronistic vibe. There’s this refreshing contrast between old and new in the city; you’ll stumble upon Roman architecture and ancient churches, ottoman structures, and post-war renovated Beirut, all within the same day. Beirut has seen a lot as a city, and you can see and feel it all just by strolling down the streets. This rollercoaster of emotions inspired by the distinctive and diverse architecture and history definitely reflects on the different music venues the city has to offer for its night owls. You’ll also find the same colorful, contradictory sensations displayed in the various contrasting forms of music played across Beirut's cool live music venues, from cabarets to rock and roll. So where do you start exploring Beirut's live music scene?

Music Hall Waterfront
Source: highlightarts

Located in the heart of Beirut, and described by international media as “the place where the heart of world fusion music beats,” the Music Hall is not just a theatre venue and is much more than a club. This venue, located in Downtown Beirut, hosts several music events and is one of the coolest venues in Beirut for music aficionados from everywhere. 

Location: Downtown Beirut, next to Biel.
Get directions to Music Hall Waterfront 
Hours of Operation:  Fridays & Saturdays 10:30pm
Contact Number: 
01.36 12 36 / 03.80 75 55

Facebook: The Music Hall Waterfront
website: http://www.themusichall.com/# 
Email Address: bookbeirut@themusichall.com

The Grand FactorySource: The Grand Factory

One of the best electronic music venues in all of Lebanon, this nightclub also has the perfect location; deep within Karantina, Beirut, The Grand Factory is located high up on a roof with mountains and the sea behind it, creating a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. The view is not the only thing people come for – the nightclub also offers top-notch concerts and events, making it bucket list material for clubbing and electronic music enthusiast when in Beirut.

Location: Get directions to The Grand Factory
Contact Number: +961 3 703 371
Facebook: The Grand Factory

Hole in the WallSource: Lebanon in a picture

Hole in the Wall normally provides live music shows every night of the week, plus summer events, with food, drinks, and dancing! This lively and friendly Ashrafieh-based venue is one you’d want to check out when in Beirut for a good night of relaxation. 

Location: monot street.
Get directions to Hole in The wall
Hours of Operation: Sunday - Friday 6pm - 2am, Saturdays 6pm - 4am

Contact Number: +961 70 304 026
Facebook: The Hole in The Wall

Onomatopoeia: The Music HubSource: ONORIENT

This Sioufi-based venue is a bit different than the rest; it’s not only a music venue, but also a sanctum to practice and learn music. This Music Hub strives to spread music culture, making it more accessible to various individuals. They have regular unique and original music acts, music classes, and tons of other cool activities. Their concert and event dates are all on the Onomatopoeia Facebook page

Location: jean jalkh street, ashrafieh - sioufi
Get directions to Onomatopoeia The Music Hub
Hours of Operation: Daily 4pm - 12am closed on Sundays

Contact Number: 00 961 1 398 986
Facebook:  Onomatopoeia The Music Hub
Website: http://onomatopoeia.me/ 

Email Address: info@onomatopoeia.me 

 

Radio BeirutSource: Beirut.com

One of the most popular music hubs in Beirut, this Mar Mikhael venue provides a platform for rising musicians to share their music with a live audience in a cool venue – they even broadcast their music on a radio station and have their own app! They also have live jam sessions between their musicians in front of an audience, which makes for an awesome night out in Beirut experience.   

Location:  Rue d'Armenie, Mar Mikhael.   
Get directions to Radio Beirut 
Hours of Operation: 1pm-2am
Contact Number:  
+961 1 570 277

Facebook: Radio Beirut
Website: https://www.radiobeirut.net/ 

Email Address : live@radiobeirut.net 
                                                                                                                        

Metro Al MadinaSource: Metro Al Madina

Metro Al Madina is an independent theater company based in Hamra that offers a variety of acts, ranging from musicals to concerts and cabarets. They host performances for local and regional acts with a Middle Eastern vibe in a venue with a sublime vintage atmosphere. The founders hope to spread a culture of openness and diversity through their venue.

Location: Saroulla center, Hamra street, floor -2
Get directions to Metro Al Madina
Hours of Operation: 10am - 9pm for tickets and reservations, performances start at 9:30
Contact Number:  
01 753 021

Facebook: Metro Al Madina
Website: https://metromadina.com/ 

Email Address: info@metromadina.com

Lock StockSource: TimeOut Beirut

Another cool venue, Lock Stock is a coffee shop by day and a pub by night. This Mar Mikhael venue lets you get a taste of the local music scene, hosting rising Lebanese bands as well as local cover bands. Cheers to that! 

Location : Mar Mikhael
Get directions to Lock Stock
Hours of Operation: 10am - Late 
Contact Number: 
76.77 32 77

Facebook: Lock Stock
Email Address: lockstock.mec@gmail.com

The BackdoorSource: MetalBell

One of the lesser known places in Beirut, The Backdoor is an underground bar in Mar Mikhael that hosts a variety of live concerts and performances.

Location: Mar mekhayel el naher Gemmayze.
Get direction to The Backdoor
Facebook: The Backdoor
Email Address: info@thebackdoor.club 


What are some of the coolest music venues you've experienced in Beirut? We'd love to hear your story!