Nothing says winter nights quite like wine and cheese! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best places for you to indulge and eat and drink your hearts out.

Bar Jamon - Mar Mikhael

A newcomer to Beirut’s bar scene, this place specializes in Spanish cuisine-charcuterie in particular. They offer a wide range of cheeses that you can order separately depending on the wine you’re having, as well as a platter that combines all their cheeses. Jamon, or iberico ham, is rare to find on a Beirut menu, making this new place an absolute must-try.

Cru Wine Bar - Hamra

As the name suggests, the wine selection features dozens of local and international wines for you and your drinking buddies to choose from. Ask the waiters what their recommendations are depending on what cheese you’re in the mood for, and don’t hesitate to try some of their surprisingly sophisticated bar food. Cru’s location makes it the perfect place to warm yourself up before hitting the rest of the bars in Hamra.

L’osteria - Mar Mikhael

Nestled in between a few bars and restaurants, L’osteria is one of the most charming places you’ll find on the Mar Mikhael strip. You can set up a few chairs on the sidewalk or enjoy the cozy cave-like setting inside. The waiters are very well-informed, and the cheese and charcuterie options vary widely. Ask for a special prosciutto flatbread to get you started!

Main Street - Hamra

We all know and love Main Street, but many people aren’t aware that when winter comes around, an awesome cheese platter hits the bar’s menu. As the weather gets colder, switch from refreshing margaritas to heartwarming wine for after-work drinks. Main Street’s rooftop makes for the perfect setting when it’s not raining out!

L’appartement - Achrafieh

A French-Lebanese couple opened this bar/bistro/art space inside an apartment in the heart of Achrafieh. The décor and ambiance are beyond charming with uniquely designed furniture and accessories everywhere you look. Menu specials include delicious quiches and sandwiches, but the cheese platter is definitely one of their best-loved items. Everything’s fresh, so the variety changes depending on what’s available, and there’s plenty of wine to choose from by the glass or bottle.

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