- Night Out
May 11, 2018
Not the most fragrant of names but this is Beirut’s most legendary club, located in a part of the city that was a refugee camp during the civil war and the scene of some violence. Accordingly the idea might seem in seriously poor taste, but perhaps it’s not the place of non-locals to judge how other cities choose to accommodate their own history, and humour however dark is often the best survival mechanism. Designed by legendary local architect Bernard Khoury from a concept by Naji Gebran (the name apparently comes from the security code of Gebran’s apartment, where he came up with the idea) the venue opened in its current location in 1998. It’s set in what looks like an old bomb shelter, albeit one that has an incredible retractable roof which gives a night-time view of the stars and city lights, shown to advantage by a specially angled mirror a great way of cooling the place down when the crowd starts heating up. Well-dressed party goers sit on leather chairs, sipping well-made drinks at tables that are made of coffins, entertained by DJs and bands including a host of international names. Music runs from jazz to house and funk, relayed over a state of the art sound system. When you sip one of their martinis it’s hard to believe this used to be a war zone. A spacious venue that’s popular with teeny-boppers on weekends, the rest of the time you get glamorous A-List Lebs, partying in Prada and Gucci. If you don’t mind drinking on a coffin in an old refugee camp, B-018 is one of the coolest clubs in the world.