CEN­TRAL STA­TION SCORES AN IN­DUS­TRY FIRST

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Best Bars was held at the Round­house in Lon­don, UK, pro­vid­ing this year’s an­nual rank­ing of bars as voted for by more than 500 cock­tail ex­perts from across the globe. It was a big evening for Le­banon and an even big­ger one for Beirut’s Cen­tral Sta­tion bou­tique bar, run by co-part­ner and head bar­tend­ing wiz­ard, Jad Ball­out. Com­ment­ing in a phone in­ter­view from Lon­don, Ball­out, said, “I was taken aback by be­ing ranked the 27th best bar on the planet and it is an honor to rep­re­sent Beirut on the global cock­tail map. Be­ing the Best Bar of Mid­dle East and Africa 2018 also draws peo­ple's at­ten­tion to this de­vel­op­ing mar­ket; it is truly a great achieve­ment for our re­gion. Our lat­est menu "Time­line", re­ceived huge ap­plause from the mar­ket. It fo­cuses es­pe­cially on Lebanese his­tory and her­itage, with a large fo­cus on lo­cal fla­vors and in­gre­di­ents, which show­cases a new gate­way to our cul­ture. Ex­plain­ing, Ball­out said, "We are on par with the global cock­tail evo­lu­tion in terms of cre­ativ­ity and con­cept de­vel­op­ment. Sea­soned cock­tail lovers around the world are look­ing for orig­i­nal­ity and au­then­tic­ity and we did just that. The best bars are no longer re­stricted to ex­ist­ing gen­res such as tiki or speakeasy. We are a mod­ern Mid­dle East­ern cock­tail bar and we are su­per proud of it."

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