46m - In the last few years Badaro has transformed from a shot up business and...
The original neighbhood coffee bar in Badaro
We love this low-key pub nestled on a side street off of Badaro. Open since 2013, before the surge of new restaurant and bars open in Badaro district, this small cafe/pub featuring great coffee, cheap drinks and tasty sandwiches has attracted a crew of regulars, a mix of hipsters, coffee house freelancers, and artists making Roy’s their office for the day. Think a cross between a Parisian Cafe Trottoir and a hip Berlin pub.
The pub has a handful of tables indoors, and when it's warm enough (or even when it isn’t) adds any number of outdoor seating for its patrons. Don’t expect table service, however; Roy’s waiters will tidy the tables and bring you your drinks, but all ordering happens at the bar, or at the cute old style bar window that opens onto the street.
The pubfare is light food, but freshly prepared and reasonably priced. Highlights include a halloumi salad (8,000 LL) and roast beef sandwich (11,000). There is also a plat du jour - highly recommended.
The bar has a small selection of single malt whiskys (patrons seem to prefer Jameson) and makes delicious and cheap cocktails using fresh ginger and mint. We suggest arriving early (the local regulars and now greater Beirut’s low key hip crowd) fill up the tables of this small pub, but no worries, now that Badaro’s restaurant district is expanding every day, you have a slew of other bars, restaurants, and cafes to choose from, although not all in this entry-level price range. Roy’s however, is still the original :)