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Lebanese Jewelry Designers Tell Us About the Coolest Places to Go Out In Beirut

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nosleeptilbeirut.jpg[L-R: Tatiana Fayad and Joanne Hayek]

Each week in our new column, "No Sleep Til...," we'll be talking to cool kids around the globe, asking them to fill us in about the bands, DJs, music venues and night spots they and their friends are obsessing over. Next time you visit their home city, leave your Fodor's and Lonely Planet guides behind and go party like a local instead.

Names?

Tatiana Fayad & Joanne Hayek

Ages?

25

Where do you guys live?


Beirut

What do you do?

We're jewelry and accessories designers for a line called Vanina.

What Lebanese bands or DJs are you currently obsessed with and think we should know about?

Mashrou3 Leila. Joanne was the first to discover them, as she was a friend with the violinist and the drummer of the band from university. They used to play in their department during the breaks.

What's their music like?

They're an alternative rock band and write songs with satirical themes about Lebanese society. Their best song is their first, "Raksit Leila."

Where are the cool places to see live music in Beirut?

A very cool place in Beirut to enjoy live bands is the Music Hall. It's like a big ancient theater with live shows every 30 minutes. You get to see a lot of different, unexpected artists -- it's a great melting pot of music and culture.

Describe your perfect night out in Beirut.

What's great about living in Lebanon is that you can do a lot of different activities during the weekend. We love hiking, enjoying the beach in the summer, the mountains in winter. We love to do outdoor activities during the day, and then go out to dinner in the city at night.

What's your favorite bar/nightclub in Beirut and what are the cool neighborhoods to hang out in?

We don't go to nightclubs very often -- we prefer to have drinks in bars around Mar Mikhael or Hamra districts, which are the "happening" areas at the moment.The bars we like are The Gathering and Internazionale in Mar Mikhael and De Prague in Hamra.

Check out Tatiana and Joanne's music recs:

Mashrou3 Leila -- "Raksit Leila"


Check out Tatiana and Joanne's nightlife listings:

Music Hall, Starco Center, Omar Daouk Street, Beirut

The Gathering, Pasteur Street Gemmeyze, Beirut

Internazionale, Armenai St./Alexander Fleming St., Beirut

De Prague, 166 Makdissi St., Beirut

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