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Beirut Bar Takes Theme from Civil War

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Beirut Bar Takes Theme from Civil War

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Beirut Bar Takes Theme from Civil War

Beirut Bar Takes Theme from Civil War

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A popular Beirut bar draws its theme from the Lebanese Civil War, which began in 1975 and tore apart what many called the "Paris on the Mediterranean." Bullet holes and signs warning of land mines decorate the walls, and drinkers sit on sandbag chairs. Some patrons hail the bar as evidence of progress in Lebanon, but admit it brings up difficult memories for some city residents.