Business has dropped markedly since a suicide bomb hit a hotel in Beirut’s Raouche neighborhood last week.
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Unlike the weather at this time of year, Lebanon's nightlife is cooling down this July when Muslims observe Ramadan.Traditionally, the holy month sees an average decline in sales at pubs and bar-restaurants across the capital Beirut by 20 to 30 percent but this year the drop is forecast at double that number after a series of suicide bombings hit the country over the past few weeks. While the consumption of alcohol decreases significantly during the month of Ramadan when many regulars fast, even those who don't abstain from alcohol rarely show up at their favorite pub during the first week of the holy month, which kicked off Sunday.At Oscar Wilde, a pub that Abu Merhy owns in Hamra, sales usually decline by 50 percent during the month of Ramadan compared to the month before.
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