I am aware of Whisky Mist in London, though I haven’t been… well not as far as I can remember anyway! The swanky branch of the club in Beirut is part of the Phoenicia complex, blissfully convenient for hotel guests, and near the centre of town for other partygoers.
Passing the queue of wide-eyed hopeful attendees, we entered a swarm of bunny ears bobbing excitedly in time to the rhythmic music. Recognising the giant iconic rabbit imprinted on the wall, we were alerted to the theme for the night, Playboy Mansion… did we expect anything less?!
Luxurious and expensive Whisky Mist is the rendezvous for Beirut’s elite. A young and beautiful crowd dances expertly, drinking champagne and laughing as if without care in the world. The place smells of sweat and money… the type of joint I’d sneer at in London and yet here, in the very alive town of Beirut, I felt enthused and encouraged by the passion, energy and fun of it all.
Gorgeous skimpily dressed dancers (who we later discovered were English) strutted along raised catwalks, gyrating their sumptuous hips and swinging athletically from poles. It was captivating.
Whisky Mist endeavours to provide the best entertainment in town, and the night we visited they certainly succeeded… with none other than Glamazon singer Kelis in the spotlight, performing a short set for the lucky visitors.
Kelis arrived at her table, fashionably (very) late. Reminding ourselves of her successes earlier in the day and swotting up on the lyrics to her songs, we felt like die-hard devoted fans when the time came to welcome her to the club. (If you can’t remember her, she is the one that sings the Milkshake song.) Without a proper stage, she sang from her corner of the club, protected only by a few bodyguards – it was a very intimate gig.
We were treated with unfaultable hospitality throughout our time at the Phoenicia, and Whisky Mist was no different. Our drinks were refreshed and replaced every few minutes, and a meeting with Kelis and the dancers was even arranged for me after the show.
By 3am we were exhausted and ready to escape, instead of the usual tiresome homeward journey we stumbled to the lift and arrived outside our bedroom door seconds later, surreal but utterly brilliant… and certainly a convenience we were thankful for the next morning.
Visit the Whisky Mist Beirut website here.
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