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Beirut was once famous exclusively for its nightclubs, but now it also has a thriving bar scene. Bars often have creative décor or a theme that gives a unique artistic vibe to going out. The three main neighborhoods for nightlife are Hamra, Gemmayzeh and Monot, while Byblos and Mar Mikhael are up-and-coming areas. New bars and lounges are opening frequently, so just look for crowded places or ask around for hot spots. For a good time set to Arabic music, try Mezyane or Barometre in Hamra. For clubbing go to super-exclusive White, Skybar or BO18, but don’t go too early. For the places to see and be seen, check out Dictateur in Mar Mikhael or Danny’s Alley in Hamra. Look at the schedule of musicians at the Democratic Republic of Music, aka DRM, or The Blue Note for a jazz show.