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Z-Bar re-opens

May 14th, 2009 · 9 Comments · Culture

After a long closure, one of Damascus’s most elegant bars is opening again – and changing its name to Zen Lounge.

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The Z-Bar was the symbol of the Beirutification of Damascus when it first opened up in the wake of the 2005 Syria-Lebanon split.

More and more Syrians were spending their weekends in Damascus, instead of driving over the border to an increasingly hostile Beirut. So what did they do? Build a mini-Beirut in west Damascus.

It was around this time that the Four Seasons hotel opened, prices increased and international restaurants like Scoozi started opening.

Z-Bar is an elegant rooftop bar – modelled on Beirut’s Sky Bar. It sits on top of the Umayed Palace hotel (opposite Cham Palace). Dressed in subtle black and silver with electro-jazz music playing, you can sit back and relax with a view over Jebl Qasioun.

Z-Bar reopens as Zen Lounge on 13 June.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Maysaloon // May 14, 2009 at 4.34 pm

    “Dressed in subtle black and silver with electro-jazz music playing…”

    I’m assuming you are talking about the decorations at the place and not yourself on a Thursday night?

  • 2 Arab // May 16, 2009 at 1.52 am

    why was z-bar closed?

  • 3 Sasa // May 16, 2009 at 2.47 am

    Maysaloon – haha both!

    Arab – refurbishment, and because it was too cold to go on the roof terrace in the winter.

  • 4 Maysaloon // May 16, 2009 at 2.55 am

    You playa you…

  • 5 Arab // May 16, 2009 at 4.06 am

    is this only bar in syria?

  • 6 nomie // Feb 18, 2010 at 12.13 pm

    do u have a available job in ur bar?if they have iam willing to wrk

  • 7 Omayad Swiss International Hotel - Damascus // Dec 3, 2011 at 12.12 am

    Z BAR Omayad Hotel – Damas has reopened in 2011 with a new stunning winter lounge decoration and an exceptional summer terrace with a breathtaking visual effects

  • 8 Management Omayad Swiss Int'l Hotel // May 24, 2012 at 8.27 pm

    We have the pleasure to inform our distinctive guests that the summer section of the Z Bar has reopened on May 24th 2012 with a new stunning decoration coupled with relaxing chill-out music and exclusive cocktails prepared by expert Z Bar bartenders while enjoying a breathtaking view over Damascus city by night

  • 9 Management Omayad Swiss Int'l Hotel // May 24, 2012 at 8.30 pm

    We have the pleasure to inform our distinctive guests that Z Bar summer section has reopened on May 24th 2012 in a new stunning decoration coupled with relaxing chill-out music and exclusive cocktails prepared by expert Z Bar bartenders while enjoying a breathtaking view over Damascus by night

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