The capital on fire

Those looking for a night out on a budget can head to Beirut’s Downtown. Perfect for families with children, the gathering will begin at Nijmeh Square where everyone can enjoy an open fireworks display. The event will continue until 12:30 a.m., so make sure to be there at 11:55 p.m. at the latest.


Lebanese singer Assi al-Helani will be performing at a party at the Phoenicia Hotel in St. Georges Bay. Partygoers should prepare for a night of dancing as Helani is famous for his upbeat songs. Renowned Iraqi singer Kazem al-Saher will be performing his best known romantic melodies at the same event.

Saher’s performance is considered a comeback for the singer, after the death of his brother Jabbar al-Samouraey, who was also a member in his band.

Ticket prices for the event range between $400 and $1,100 with open drinks and dinner.

Saher will also be performing at Casino Du Liban in Maameltein where he will be joined by Lebanese-Armenian composer and pianist Guy Manoukian and singer Ayman Zbib. Tickets are between $350 and $850, with open drinks and dinner.

Another New Year’s music event will bring together two of Lebanon’s major names in the world of entertainment, Nawal al-Zoghbi and Fares Karam.

Fans can watch Zoghbi and Karam sing it out at Le Royal Hotel in Dbayeh. Tickets range from $300 to $550, including dinner plus open regular bar.

And for tickets between $200-$400, people can also catch up with both singers at Castel Mare Beach Hotel & Resort in Monsef, Jbeil and enjoy dinner with open bar.

Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hamra will also be holding a New Year’s Eve party. Starting at 10 p.m., the event will be hosted by singers Mark Abdel-Nour and Eliane Mahfouz. Belly danger Miramar will also be performing. Make sure to reserve on 01/754-755 with tickets from $120, $160, $200 including open bar and dinner.


The themed party “Les Années Folles” will be held at the Pavillon Royal, in BIEL starting at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Guests can party like it’s the 1920s and dress up for the event. Ladies put on your dresses and accessories, men don’t forget your tux. Reserve at 03/326-635.

As always Mix FM and B018 night club are preparing for an extravagant night with a 1920s themed party. Reserve to attend the “Gangsters and Flappers” party at B018 in Karantina on 03/800-018 and get yourself a table, open premium drinks and food for $300 per person. Walk-ins throughout the night must pay $110.

The eclectic restaurant/bar Junkyard in Mar Mikhael will host a barn themed party starting at 9 p.m., which will keep going until the early morning hours.

Le Gray Hotel in Downtown Beirut will also hold various parties for New Year’s Eve at Gordon’s café and the Cherry on the Rooftop Bar.

The café will be open for 24 hours with food throughout. If you’re looking for music and amazing view, enjoy the private party on the rooftop. Those interested for either event should make early bookings by calling 01/971-111.

In addition to the concert at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hamra, the hotel is also offering two other events.

For families who haven’t made up their minds yet on what to do, consider spending the night at the hotel’s Vivaldi Restaurant with $80 for adults and $45 for children under 10 years old including open buffet and bar. Live performance and beats to make your night a great one can also be enjoyed at the hotel’s Top 21 Lounge & Bar with tickets starting $120. To make reservations for either event call 01-754-755.

Not far away from Crowne Plaza, one can celebrate the night away with some authentic Japanese food at Le Commodore Hotel’s Benihana, which offers an a la carte menu, DJ, champagne at midnight, cotillons and a minimum charge of $60 per person.

The Golden Tulip Serenada Hotel in Hamra will also be hosting a party at ROOJ, with tickets ranging between $100, including an open bar, or $140, including a premium open bar and dinner. Guests arriving after 2 a.m. can pay $60.

Dany’s at Hamra and Badaro are keeping things simple this NYE with an entrance fee of $20 before 1 a.m. including snacks. Entrance is free after that point.

Kahwet Leila’s Hamra and Gemmayzeh branches are offering a night full of music and good Lebanese food. Those who want to spend the night in Hamra can enjoy live performances by Lebanon’s own Sammy Clark for $130, for regular bar or $140, for the premium bar option. Rabih Salameh will be performing at the Gemmayzeh branch with prices ranging between $120-$130.

Others who want a change from the parties and concerts can feast on delicious Armenian food through the night. Gemmayzeh’s Mayrig restaurant is offering a night filled with music, great food and an open premium bar for $140 per person.

If you’re looking for something outside the capital, Taboo pub in Broummana is offering a great evening with a one man show and some music, entrance fee is $50.

Those undaunted by the cold can consider the Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve Party at Arnaoon village along the Batroun highway. Guests can enjoy music, food while camping indoors for $100-$125.


For those wanting to spend the night at home with family and friends, you can enjoy the day off by heading to Paragliding Tandems, weather permitting. Fly down from Ghosta to Jounieh, for $120. Reservations for the event are required, those interested can call 03-559-992.