The district of Manara is part of the throbbing urban heart of Beirut and its as good a place as any to dive in and absorb the vibrant dynamic of this ever changing, ever accelerating modern city. It makes up the westernmost area of the Lebanese capital and is within easy reach of several of the main attractions, such as the pigeon rocks. Further on around the coast on the extremities of the city as it meets the water to the north-west, is a great place to hang out in cafes by the cliffs and to walk away the long evening hours.
Most famous at the moment in the area is the new lighthouse development so if you have a few spare minutes this is well worth a look, if not least because its a great subject to mull over with the locals. The Captain's Cabin Bar is a good bet for drinks in the evening and Hemingway’s Bar and Cigar Lounge is also well worth a mention.