Up On The Thirty First
Needed some quiet quality time, where one could enjoy a drink, great live (and noise-free) music along with a smooth catch-up chat with friends, in a comfortable, yet elegant setting. So we headed to one of our favorite spots in Beirut: Up on the Thirty First.
Located on the thirty-first floor (hence the name) at the Habtoor Grand Hotel, Up on the Thirty First jazz lounge and bar never fails us when we are looking for high-end culinary experience, accompanied by a selection of fine drinks, while enjoying the vocals of a young woman who elegantly sang Arabic, Italian, English & French classics.
The atmosphere is classy, with adequately dimmed lights, candle-lit tables, wooden walls, vintage chairs and sofas, with both low and high-rise tables depending on your preference. What magnifies the charm of the setting, in my opinion, is the floor to ceiling glass circumference, that showcases a marvelous view of Beirut lights, up from the highest bar in Lebanon.
Even though the food menu is kept quiet short, yet it caters to every taste, containing a variety of salads, cold cuts, cheese cuts, steaks, small sandwiches, as well as a sashimi and a couple of sea food platters.
The drinks menu, however, is more rich. It includes a variety of fine wines from all around the world, bourbon, whisky, cognac, Armagnac, and internationally famous cocktails as well as those that are the bartender’s specialties..