Combat Chic

If movies like the 2001 Brad Pitt thriller Spy Game are to be believed, the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s and '80s made the perfect backdrop for romance, chilled beer and good surf. Now Beirut's club scene offers a choice spot to get a taste of that cinematic vision: 1975, a tiny bar named for the year Shi'ite, Sunni and Christian militias sparked the 15-year conflict that devastated the city and killed thousands, including 241 U.S. Marines.

It would be easy to miss 1975, tel: (961-3) 323 700, on Monot Street in Ashrafiyeh, one of Beirut's...

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