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The Best Date Ideas for Under $50 in Beirut

Picture of Amani Sharif
Freelance Writer
Updated: 24 September 2017
With five-star hotels and urban sushi places, a date in Beirut can be expensive. Trying to find more affordable possibilities becomes a hassle, and options are often limited. If you’re confused and trying to pull together a date, here’s our list of the best date ideas for under $50 in Beirut.

Storytelling Night

Storytelling night is very trendy in Beirut. Cliffhangers, the local group, makes sure to hold regular events throughout the year for people to come together and tell their stories. Follow them on social media and track the next event for a unique date idea. Entry is free, and the cost of drinks depends on the location. This type of outing can cost next to nothing at the least and $20 at the most.

Zaitunay Bay

If you want a picturesque date with a posh twist, then Zaitunay Bay is for you. Breakfast plans at the venue will not cost more than $50 and will still feel like a fancier date than the rest. This waterfront area has numerous breakfast choices from Zaatar w Zeit to Paul, a French bakery. Zaatar w Zeit is a Lebanese franchise selling local breakfast foods, such as Man’oushe with a twist, and not much on the menu costs more than $10. Similarly, Paul sells sandwiches, croissants, and baked goods at no more than $10 per item. At both venues, an average breakfast will cost $30 at the most.

Zaitunay Bay, Rafic El Hariri, Beirut, Lebanon, +961 1 371 945

Zaitunay Bay
Zaitunay Bay | ©Lolinka/ Flickr

Sursock Museum

A home-turned-art museum that opened its doors in 1961, Sursock is a perfect place for a memorable date. Admission to the museum is free, and it supports many local artists. Walk through halls ornamented with modern art and talk about what beauty means. Then grab a light snack at the museum’s in-house Resto, which will cost around $50 with drinks for two.

Sursock Museum, Greek Orthodox Archbishopric Street, Ashrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon, +961 1 202 001

Sursock House, Museum
Sursock House, Museum | © Bertil Videt/ Wikimedia Commons

Workshops

There are workshops regularly taking place in different parts of Beirut. From painting to wine tasting, there is something for everyone. Most classes usually won’t cost $50 for two people, and they’re an excellent way to create memories together. Get to know like-minded people and enjoy a night of creative fun.

Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Beirut Art Center

Another contemporary art space, Beirut Art Center is a great venue for a cultural date. With regular events and exhibitions from local and international artists, the space is always brimming with activity and creative energy. Entrance to the center is free, and since they close at 7 pm, the date should be an afternoon one!

Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon, +961 1 397 018

Beirut Art Center
Beirut Art Center | © Steven Damron/ Flickr

Explore abandoned buildings

A truly original trendy plan is exploring old buildings. People are indulging in Beirut’s history and embracing its forgotten homes. Pick a venue and try to safely explore all that was left behind by owners and other explorers. It’s a perfect and free way to bond and create unique memories.

An abandoned mansion, Beirut
An abandoned mansion, Beirut | © craigfinlay/ Flickr

Walk on the Corniche

Another free and light activity is just taking a stroll along the Corniche. Take the time to have a conversation between city and water and bond over all that you have in common. This activity makes for a fun and short date.

Corniche El Manara, Beirut, Lebanon

Corniche, Beirut
Corniche, Beirut | © Varun Shiv Kapur / Flickr