BEIRUT: While it’s unlikely to fare well for Mexico, Tuesday’s 10 p.m. match between the tricolors and Brazil will certainly be a win for venues putting out big screens.
Brazil, one of Lebanon’s favored teams, will draw out droves of football fans to pubs and pop-up stadiums. But if you’re looking to escape the football hordes Tuesday – or any other day – think about looking outside Beirut, where venues offer a party with a little more elbow room.
A number of beachside spots are giving spectators a more aquatic view of the game by keeping open pools and hot tubs. Here are a few of those, plus some more traditional bar-style venues outside the hubbub of the capital.
Jbeil Sea Road, Jbeil
Popular among locals, this Jbeil beach is hosting World Cup spectators sporadically. They will be screening Tuesday’s match between Brazil and Mexico poolside. General entrance is $20.
VEER Boutique Hotel
Seaside Road, Kaslik
This quaint hotel has a pool and deck area overlooking the sea and screens the matches until midnight. We’ll forgive their offensive promotional ploy that a pool finally gives women a reason to like football.
Baabdat, Mar Moussa Road, Zaraaoun
If you’re really looking to slow down the pace, Swings is a camping ground in the woodsy area of Baabdat. The campground has erected a big screen for the World Cup and is screening games daily until midnight. It’s also one of the most family-friendly spots, with free entrance and a food area offering saj and grills.
Citymall has set up screens on its terrace for opening screenings until midnight, and is offering a range of prizes and promotions that pair football and shopping.
Kaslik and Dikwaneh
Covered in World Cup flags and paraphernalia, this restaurant chain offers an authentic sports bar atmosphere with rows of wooden tables and welcomes youngsters accompanied by adults.
Bsalim, Mount Lebanon
A resort about 20 minutes north of Beirut, Country Lodge is screening the matches throughout the tournament.