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Tripoli Nights best spent at Timmy’s
Timmy’s Bistro was originally set up in 2012, as a small, family-owned resto-pub in the proximity of Mina’s Corniche. When the venue reached capacity it moved to its present location. At present, Timmy’s Bistro is based in the Minot area in one of Mina’s centuries old houses, that features stone arches on the ground floor, terraces and covered sitting areas upstairs. On a busy night, capacity can easily reach 250-300 people, many of them regulars who come to the popular joint from Mina, Tripoli and surrounds as well as all over Lebanon.
Osman Raad, Tristan Raad and Tamim Raad ganged up to set Timmy’s up, after they spent a decade in Canada. Tristan Raad, a multitasking man, manages the place and also works on the decoration, lighting, sound and maintenance. The allrounder can sometimes be seen wearing a t-shirt that aptly says "Skilled in every position".
The trio recruited local artists, craftsmen, designers, quality assurance supervisors, event planners, marketers, and professionals within the Food & Beverages industry, when setting Timmy’s up and since inception take feedback and suggestions by their patrons serious. A diverse and loyal crowd has rewarded this concept.
The lounge hosts weekly live performances and DJ sets covering all music genres, as well as dance workshops, stand-up comedy shows and artistic exhibitions. Timmy’s has become a popular hub for musicians with its regular jam sessions, creating a space for expression and simple, raw, good times. Isolated from the performance lounge are the rather laid-back bar area serving the great cocktails and meals, and the spacious rooftop terrace that caters for large festive gatherings.
The usual weekly events attract a variety of ages, with primarily young people on Fridays, an older crowd on Thursdays and all ages on Saturdays. Cover charges are fair, especially when compared to Beirut, ranging from $5 to $8 and remain under $20 even for special events such as Halloween.
Oldies Night is on Thursdays, Friday is Open Jam and on Saturdays there are DJs spinning tunes. Soon Tuesdays will have an Oriental Night.