When the sun sets in Jerusalem’s legendary Mahane Yehuda Market, and the fruit and vegetable stalls close for the day, an array of local bars begin to open up around the Shuk. Some serve tasty plates and sides, others have Israeli breweries on tap, and a few host live music, but all are guaranteed to fulfill your nightlife needs. Let go of your preconceived notions of Jerusalem’s culture, and check out some of the most magical bars in the ancient city.
Grab a drink at one of these Mahane Yehuda bars
In the heart of Mahane Yehuda Market, Tahrir Bar is bringing authentic Mizrahi culture of the East to northern Jerusalem. The small spot, identifiable by its Moroccan style mosaics, is only open Thursday and Saturday nights – but those two nights a week become a celebration of Eastern culture. Spend an evening smoking hookah, listening to Sephardic piyyutim and other live performances by artists within the Mizrahi tradition, and of course sipping on Arak, local beer or traditional tea.
A self-proclaimed “stage in the Shuk” Freddy Lemon is a go-to for music lovers in Jerusalem. This multipurpose bar features a consistent lineup of local musicians who perform in the streets long after the vegetable and fruit stalls have closed for the day. With several beers on tap, and an array of harder liquor options, come for the 1+1 Happy Hour (until 21:30), and stay to enjoy jams with a young, music-loving crowd.
Yes, we’ve listed the shuk as part of Jerusalem’s ‘beaten track,' but amidst the similarity which most of the bars tend to align with, there is one that we just couldn’t resist adding to this list. With a welcoming and cozy atmosphere, visitors can indulge in some of the bar’s famous hot wine, which is even enjoyable on the warm summer nights coming up, as well as a great selection of bottled beers. With live music on Friday afternoons, previous guests have gone so far as to call their experiences in this young, lively bar ‘THE Jerusalem experience.'
Despite being neither in Paris nor a casino, Casino de Paris has plenty authenticity going for it: a carefree atmosphere, great staff and live music. If you’re lucky enough, you might even spot the owner, super-famous Israeli musician Shaa'nan Streett. Despite its name, frequenting this hangout is not a risky gamble, it’s a sure bet.
This kosher spot in Shuk Machane Yehuda is a beer lover’s dream. Hip and slick, this bar serves up over 100 Israeli craft beers by the bottle, with tasting options that invite you to uncover the flavors of the local beer. The hyperlocal menu showcases seasonal ingredients from the neighboring market, offering the best ingredients around. You’ll find colorful sandwiches, vibrant salads and inexpensive, but hearty fare that pairs perfectly with your brew. Don’t miss the Nitro-coffee, a cold coffee infused with nitrogen served from a tap, leaving you with an amazingly creamy taste all from the coffee—no sugar or cream needed.
From the masterminds of the chefs who brought the famous Machneyuda to life, Assaf Granit, Yossi Elad and Uri Navon have done it again, mastering the art of hip evening vibes with this cozy tapas bar. The food comes from the nearby Machane Yehuda market, where everything is farm-fresh and of the best caliber. What really intrigues the visitors are the chefs cooking in front of them, the fun energy and the liveliness of the place, all wrapped into one happening scene.
One of the newest members of the Mahane Yehuda bar scene, Shuka lives up to its role as a 21st century bar in every way. Emphasizing social consciousness, Shuka offers their patio to cultural and political speakers on Wednesday evenings, and serves locally sourced beers including labels such as Goldstar and Abir, and bottles from boutique breweries around the country. Connect with the happenings and brews of Israel at the Shuka bar.
Down a small side street of the Mahane Yehuda market in a dimly lit mahogany room is Hatipa. This local bar serves up 2 beers on tap and over 10 other bottled varieties, many from local breweries around Israel. Hapita also boasts a menu of tasty plates and bar snack sides. Stop by this neighborhood establishment to enjoy the after-dark offerings of the Shuk like a local.