Behind the scenes at Octave Beirut with Anthony Khashan

Behind the scenes at Octave Beirut with Anthony Khashan

Anthony Khashan started his career as a bartender in Beirut before founding Straightup group in 2018. Here, he discusses Octave, his latest venture that’s set to redefine the Lebanese nightlife scene.


What inspired you to create a new concept and name it Octave?
We wanted to bring a touch of the new generation to Lebanon’s nightlife scene.
Beyond a lounge, Octave is an experience. It is the brainchild of our group’s visionary creators who have poured their passion, vision and expertise into crafting a unique music lounge experience that transcends boundaries and leaves a lasting impression on every guest.

What is the secret to keeping customers satisfied?
Forming the Octave team was more challenging than creating the concept itself. We believe that investing in human capital is key to when it comes to providing our guests with the perfect music/lounge experience.
The launch of Octave will be of outstanding magnitude, with a lineup of the best DJs in the city, an immersive F&B experience and an ambience that will transport guests to new dimensions.

How do you plan to curate your drinks menu?
As an old-school bartender with 12 years’ experience, I promise to take Octave’s bar experience to another level thanks to a new range of techniques, from fat wash spirits, clarified cocktails, overnight infusions and so on. Octave’s team is preparing an easy-to-drink, high-level cocktail menu in order to compete on an international level.

Are there any plans for expansion or future developments?
Since day one, our group has had a solid vision of establishing Octave as one of the world’s best lounges.





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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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