May 11, 2018
Zinc may well be the classiest restaurant-bar in Beirut, and it might remind you of those elegant designer hideaways they have down the back streets of Marrakech. Famous for its rotating art exhibitions, it’s set in an old ochre villa with a beautiful, dimly-lit interior, lush garden and leafy terrace. Diners and drinkers sit at ceramic and wrought iron tables on the terrace and choose from a delicious array of French, Lebanese, Chinese and American dishes this is a place that isn’t afraid to mix and match its cuisines, so whatever you fancy you’re likely to find something to tickle your taste buds (the desserts come highly recommended, too, so be sure to save some space). The space is smartly divided into three lounge areas, and the main bar is famous for its lit-up crystal vodka display, while the low lighting and lush décor gives it a pleasingly romantic air it’s the ideal spot to take a date you’re trying to impress. Open till the early hours at weekends, it’s also a great place to chill and while away an evening in good company, and unsurprisingly attracts a trendy crowd. Music is an ambient blend of jazz, blues and 80s that changes nightly, and the beautiful people in elegant designer-wear sipping on fruity cocktails around you make it look like a scene from the Left Bank. But then Beirut was once known as the Paris of the Middle East, so that should hardly surprise you. So next time you’re in town, put on your best outfit and head to Zinc you won’t be disappointed.