Whether you’re a leftie or just want a good beer while you’re in Beirut, you must stop in at Abu Elie. From the outside, this joint looks nothing more than a rundown hole-in-the-wall bar, but step inside and you’ll become a comrade of the communist era.
I knew Firas Abu Fakhr and Hamed Sinno from grade school: the cool musician kids from my big brother’s grade. A few years later, they and five other musicians joined forces in what I believe to be the strongest indie band Beirut has ever seen. Their sound is nostalgic and sublime, with witty Arabic lyrics, […]
Souk el Tayeb, Beirut’s renowned fresh food market, has opened up a restaurant. Cleverly named Tawlet (Arabic for Tables), it’s a great place for lovers of spontaneity as monthly guest chefs switch up the menu with new dishes from their respective hometowns each day. Situated in Mar Mekhayel, a stylish industrial town known to attract […]
This is one of my favourite websites. It’s French, so it can be tricky to find your way about, but it is totally worth it once you do. Your favourite bands, as you’ve never or rarely seen them, as well as what will be your new favourites. Beautifully captured by French film maker Vincent Moon, […]
A Beirut-based design trio have created an awesome spoof video about an iPad app they’re releasing soon. The app, ISpicePhotos, will create a new experience around Facebook photos, while the teaser trailer parodies the ‘deep voice’ narration of feature film trailers. We like.
The crew at 4AD, watching over perhaps the hottest artist roster of any independent label in the world, have put their collective minds together and come up with an album that holds every potential of being the finest release of the year. The formula is simple: you grab a batch of the hottest bands and […]
There’s a deep complexity about the photographs of Beirut-based Gregory Buchakjian. The colours are ambitious and he invariably captures those moments of quiet reflection where, despite the motion of his subjects, you get a sense that there are layers upon layers of storyline sitting just beneath the glowing veneer. Earlier this year he presented his first solo exhibition of photographs as part of an exhibition called Nighthawks.