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The stylish rooftop Iris is a place few can find fault with: it can both be a relaxed sea-view terrace and a full-on DJ party spot, with live music weekends and a stable clientele of locals that can at times feel a tad too sizeable. Drinks are mixed by skilled bartenders.

Bars & Nightlife

Living up to its somewhat unexpected title of the Middle East's "Party Capital", Beirut never hesitates to throw a great one. Summer is prime party season when the city's breezy terraces fill up with revellers and poolsides get crowded with sunbeds. Action commonly goes on till dawn, persisting well after the first rays of sunlight. Dress to impress: many upper-scale establishments have a dress code and face control in place. Here are some of the best bars and nightclubs in Beirut: