NOW HITS BEIRUT
Now, located in Beirut’s Ashrafieh neighborhood, near St. Nicolas garden, evokes the kind of intimacy felt at an old pub.
The place is dark and lined with old stone walls, and a jazz band plays on a small stage, lulling the audience into a different era. It’s also especially appealing to gin aficionados, so make sure to ask for the gin with lemongrass (it’s not on the menu), the right mix of tangy and herbal, and it’s not too sour. They also make a mean London Mule (gin, fresh lime, fresh ginger and ginger beer), best paired with Rice Rice Baby, a starter consisting of Arancini balls stuffed with smoked mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce on the side. Sounds good? Tastes good too. Add some Hip Chop (lamb chops with Now’s signature Mediterranean sauce), and you’ve got yourself a great little setup.