Open from late spring to early fall, Beirut’s rooftop bars never fail to at­tract a party lov­ing crowd. Hodema Con­sult­ing Ser­vices shows us the top rooftop des­ti­na­tions in town.

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With a breath­tak­ing view over Beirut, Capitole is an ele­gant and in­ti­mate din­ing des­ti­na­tion where you can en­joy an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of cock­tails while rub­bing shoul­ders with a well-heeled crowd.

What’s spe­cial? The beef carpac­cio plat­ter served with truf­fle oil, seared tuna tar­tar and honey mar­i­nated black cod.

Riad El Solh Square, Down­town, 70 302402


Es­cape the hu­mid­ity and head up to the 26th floor of The Four Sea­sons Beirut for an evening of pure deca­dence. From the su­pe­rior ser­vice to the lux­u­ri­ous sur­round­ings, you’re in for a treat. Be sure not to miss the live bands that per­form on cer­tain nights of the week and, of course, the sun­set.

What’s spe­cial? The blended sig­na­ture cock­tail made with fresh fruits and Asian fla­vors.

Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Beirut, Wafic Sinno Ave., 01 761000


If you’re in search of a restau­rant with a panoramic sea view and de­li­cious food then look no fur­ther. La Parrilla’s sum­mer edi­tion, on top of the War­wick Palm Beach Ho­tel, boasts a stylish in­te­rior and a tan­ta­liz­ing Ar­gen­tinian menu guar­an­teed to sat­isfy your taste buds.

What’s spe­cial? The lomo (beef ten­der­loin) and caipir­inha cock­tail.

War­wick Palm Beach Ho­tel, Ain El Mreis­seh, 03 919119


Lo­cated on the sixth floor of Beirut’s Le Gray ho­tel, Cherry on the Rooftop in­vites you to kick back and en­joy tasty bites and drinks. The bar fre­quently hosts live per­form­ers at the week­end.

What’s spe­cial? The home­made sushi, punch and ly­chee Mar­tini. Le Gray Beirut, Mar­tyrs’ Square, 01 962888


A rooftop known for its chilled vibes and trendy crowd is Coop d’etat in Mar Mikhael. The bar does not op­er­ate a dress code, thus mak­ing it an un­pre­ten­tious and fun place to hang out. Ex­pect to hear a mix­ture of 80s and jazz mu­sic as you sip your drink.

What’s spe­cial? The na­chos and san­gria. Pas­teur St., Gem­mayze, 71 134173


Lo­cated on the roof of a tra­di­tional Le­banese house, Stairway in­vites you to en­joy laid-back sum­mer evenings in Beirut’s artsy Mar Mikhael neigh­bor­hood. The happy hour from 5-8 pm is per­fect for wind­ing down af­ter a long day at work.

What’s spe­cial? The tiki cock­tail Ar­me­nia St., Mar Mikhael, 76 777091


Hav­ing just moved to a new lo­ca­tion at Sea­side Pav­il­ion, Iris of­fers guests a spec­tac­u­lar view of the Mediter­ranean as they sa­vor the taste of skil­fully mixed cock­tails and in­ter­na­tional dishes. The venue also hosts in­ter­na­tional bands and renowned DJS.

What’s spe­cial? The “Iris Raw Bar“- draw­ing on el­e­ments of Ja­panese and South Amer­i­can cuisines.

Beirut New Wa­ter­front, Sea­side Arena, 03 090936


Ranked as one of the world’s best bars, SKYBAR has placed Beirut on the in­ter­na­tional party map. Known for its awe­some mu­sic and in­cred­i­ble de­sign, in­cor­po­rat­ing mir­rors, frag­mented screens and pow­er­ful light­ing, there is no place more glam­orous to dance the night away.

What’s spe­cial? The spec­tac­u­lar view of the Mediter­ranean Sea.

Beirut Wa­ter­front, Down­town, 03 939191


Redefin­ing the lounge ex­pe­ri­ence, Dirty Laun­dry is a hip ur­ban kitchen and bar where you’re guar­an­teed a great night. Get cozy on the rooftop with a drink in your hand and pre­pare to spill your deep­est, dark­est secrets!

What’s spe­cial? The squid cro­que­tas in black ink and gar­lic may­on­naise con­fit, and the “Death by Choco­late” dessert.

Ar­me­nia St., Mar Mikhael, 81 331333

Photo: Joe Sokhn

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