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I don’t throw phrases like greatest bar in Beirut round with out good trigger, however the Abou Elie Pub absolutely deserves this crown. Whereas communist themed pubs are a dime a dozen the Abou Ellie Pub is just not communist themed, it’s an precise communist bar, with photos of actual martyrs, in addition to extra commonplace stuff like a Che poster put up.

It it additionally maybe the one pub on the planet the place I’ve seen Stalin and Trotsky facet by facet – one thing I shall cope with later.

The Pub Scene in Beirut 

Issues are undoubtedly higher in Beirut than the civil battle instances. Daring that interval merely the identify Beirut denoted a bombed metropolis, however issues are nominally OK. I say nominally OK as a result of there may be hyperinflation and content material power-outs, however hey higher than battle.

Nightlife is centred round Hamra  Road as are the cool eating places and motels. You’ll not discover the brothels of the Lebanese “superclubs” right here and except for some begging you might be largely left alone. 

I discovered one good English pub and naturally Little Beirut which you’ll examine right here.

What’s Abou Elie Pub?

Whereas situated inside 10 minutes strolling distance from the primary drag in essence it couldn’t be additional away, being situated not too removed from the Mozart Lodge the place we began our tour and in a residential space.

Actually in the event you didn’t understand it was a pub you wouldn’t are available right here with the skin being moderately unassuming. 

In case you do courageous coming into although you may be gifted to not solely a visible delight, but in addition a broad vary of “progressive” clientele in addition to the powerful nut to crack that’s the proprietor.

Abou Elie Pub – actually communist?

The bar is known as after the late husband of the proprietor, a woman in her 70’s and has been going for 34 years. I obtained this data after having to cross a take a look at on my communist credentials because the proprietor was solely too cautious of nosy varieties, truthful sufficient when you’ve got been via what she has.

The household had been a part of the Lebanese Civil Battle, members of the Lebanese Communist Celebration and had frolicked within the Soviet Union. It was at this level I made a decision to ask about why Trotsky was on the wall solely to be instructed “some prospects prefer it”, though not the proprietor who declared “I’m an unashamed Marxist-Leninist and never reformist”. Not a fan of Gorbachev both, however amazingly her favorite Soviet chief was Andropov, however that was extra linked to him being in cost when she was there moderately then something to do along with his quick rule.

The drink, the decor and the vibe at one of the best bar in Beirut 

The shoppers and workers are “principally” communist with their being a Parisian artisan sort aptitude to it, with older skilled reds accompanied by youthful varieties supping drinks smoking cigarettes and discussing the numerous issues of their nation. 

The bar is small, however properly embellished with Communist apparel, in addition to images of the many individuals linked to the bar that died as martyrs in the course of the horrific civil battle within the nation. There are additionally AK47’s on the partitions, which weren’t as we had been to seek out out in any approach replicas.

There was additionally the prospect to put in writing on a banknote and have it put up on the wall, which I duly did for YPT!

Perhaps this pub is just not for everybody, however in my thoughts by far one of the best bar in Beirut and positive to be one of many mainstays of excursions to Lebanon and Syria. 

To examine our excursions to Syria click on right here.

And for drinks? We began with Cuba Libre, earlier than ending with Jameson on the rocks, barely spending 10 bucks a pop.



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