Hamra’s newest conceptual pub, Big Shot, opened its doors Monday December 19th to the tune of a thumping crowd with party-goers staying well into the night. The highlight of the launch event showcased an airbrush mural by multi-medium Lebanese artist Hady Beydoun depicting late Rap sensations Biggie Smalls (The Notorious B.I.G.) and Tupac Shakur. Top DJ Base was on hand opening night to kick off the party, playing until 4am.
The newly launched venue is the first of its kind in Beirut: An original pub atmosphere spinning the best R & B, Rap and Hip Hop tracks of the last decade mixed with the latest and greatest hits. “Big Shot is filling the gap in Hamra. The latest craze in Beirut revolves around R & B, Hip Hop and Rap genres. We’re giving those music lovers a place to spend their nights where they can drink, eat, dance and chill,” remarked Rabih Fakhreddine. Their new menu of pub fare is a bevy of items with a twist, following the tradition of Concepts in Motion’s (CIM) first successful nightlife venue, Faces pub, also situated in Hamra.
The décor of Big Shot, featuring the focus mural wall, sets a contemporary pace in keeping with the latest music trend. “The carefully chosen poster selection covering one wall, even the med vodka light box art is all meant to reinforce the street vibe,” continued Rabih. Big Shot is sweeping the hard partying 20-somethings that frequent the popular Hamra Alleyway; where nightlife staple establishments like Dany’s and Oscar Wilde can be found.
The airbrush mural of Tupac and Biggie Smalls was commissioned by Big Shot management and took 14 hours to complete. About the piece, Managing Partner Rony Abou Saab said, “We chose Hady Beydoun to execute the mural of Tupac and Biggie to complete Big Shot’s look. Arguably two of the biggest Rappers in music history, their music is still played worldwide and the legend surrounding them remains a current event.”
Big Shot welcomes guests daily beginning at 6pm until 4am.