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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 quiet 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 limited, yet it is very diverse, attending to every taste. It contains a variety of salads, cold cuts, cheese cuts, steaks, small sandwiches, as well as a sashimi and a couple of sea food platters. Whereas the drinks menu 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..

My candle-lit Jamaica