If you have ever been to a big city like New York, Miami, or Los Angeles, there is nothing as surreal, glorious, and overwhelming as the city and it’s nightlife, especially when you come from a more rural state like Ohio.
This got me thinking about possibilities of a “city that never sleeps” in the Middle East. American’s may have a certain perception of the M.E., relating it to merely religion, sand, and conflict, which, don’t get me wrong, are prominent aspects of their daily lives. But, what they may not know is that the Middle East can say more of the “work hard play hard” lifestyle than we give them credit for.
As the sun goes down, the lights come on, in Telv Aviv, Israel, and Beirut, Lebanon. These two cities believe they are the ultimate hot spot for the avid partier, and here’s what they have to offer.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
A city of chic and diverse clubs has made Tel Aviv a global sensation for the regular party animal. The bars and clubs welcome you at midnight and the party doesn’t stop until the sun comes up. An article on TimeOut Israel claims that drinks are served until the last customer wants to go home. Free spirits rule the city, and the beaches can only be blamed for their beautiful women. Don’t believe me? In 2012, readers digest claimed Tel Aviv to be home to the world’s most beautiful people. Drinks may be expensive, but bartenders are “generous” with their proportions. Once you experience the energy here, you’re life will forever be filled with the memories (or lack their of) of music, dance, passion, and possibly a horrible 10am hangover. As the saying goes “you go to Haifa to work, Jerusalem to learn, and Tel Aviv to play”. So say Le haim, or cheers, to a wild night in Tel Aviv!
Wait did I say Tel Aviv? I meant Beirut, Lebanon’s capitol of great times and great pride. The city celebrates an impressive comeback by soaking up the sun along the beach and long nights of endless clubbing and partying. The drinks are cheap but the ambiance is far from it. They party sky high on rooftop bars, gamble their money to the ground, and do it all again tomorrow. Many clubs are exclusive but they’ve saved a few classy ones for tourists too. Beirut has a place for everyone, including those looking for a laid-back pub with the locals. This could seem overwhelming, but, don’t worry, there’s a website, beirutnightlife.com, filled with the latest trends, reviews, and events to teach you all about the lifestyle. That’s dedication. So grab a friend and say Fe sahetek, or good fortune, to a one of a kind adventure in Beirut.
Both of these locations seem to me like an opportunity of a lifetime and an experience I could never forget, but I still have to ask:
What do you think? Tel Aviv or Beirut? Le Haim or fe sahetek?