Bars and pubs, Bars Mar Mikhael
Anise, Bars, Beirut
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With its snazzily attired bartenders and sultry mood lighting, Anise feels like the type of place you should turn up to in a white tux, ready for an evening of straight whisky and Miles Davis. That's almost spot on – but as the name implies, it's arak, not whisky, that this bar specialises in. Aficionados of the punchy aniseed spirit will relish the chance to sample varietals from across the country, while the uninitiated can draw on the affable bartender's encyclopaedic knowledge of producers. If you can't hack aniseed – and let's face it, the flavour is divisive – the resident mixologists have your back with a decent range of non-arak cocktails. And if you really have no regard for your own health, try their moonshine: it’s an experience you won’t forget, but will regret.

By: James Haines-Young


Venue name: Anise
Address: Alexander Fleming Street
Mar Mikhael

Opening hours: Daily 6pm-1am
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