May 11, 2018
Myu may be small but it’s undeniably fabulous. The brainchild of a former engineer, Joseph Mourani, this glamorous restaurant is yet another bright, shining spot on Beirut’s social star-chart and attracts a well-dressed, moneyed crowd who aren’t afraid to flash their cash (the name, if you were wondering, apparently comes from the founder’s nickname). Housed in a former factory, the interior is an exercise in industrial chic; it’s a contemporary space split between a bar and dining area, two ‘tunnels’ that carve out discrete dining and drinking areas, their curved ceilings giving the place an intimate feel. Bag a seat in front of the giant glass windows that overlooks the street for maximum people watching opportunities, or take a drink at what is reported to be the longest bar in Gemmayzeh. At said bar one can sip on cocktails with a kick before chowing down on French-influenced cuisine with an occasional Asian twist in the dining room. The relaxed evening atmosphere gives over to an altogether funkier vibe later in the night when the jazz soundtrack is swapped for something livelier and the diners are soon up and dancing to local and guest DJs who are pumping out the tunes. Music is eclectic, ranging from hip hop to indie to electronica and all stops in between, attracting a mixed, fairly young crowd who don’t mind how packed it gets as the night wears on. Note, it really does get very busy at peak times, so if you want to be sure to bag a seat you might want to get there early.