Tel Aviv nightlife: the best bars in the White City

Forget about that beauty sleep. In the non-stop city, Tel Aviv's nightlife will have you bar hopping all night long

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By Time Out Israel
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Israel’s 24-hour party capital may have a village-like feel (going clubbing via bicycle is a rite of passage), but the thriving Tel Aviv nightlife scene features a fusion of parties crammed full of character, chutzpah and never-ending 'carpe diem'. Buckle up, because soon you’ll discover that the party never stops – it’s wild, it’s sexy and it’s damn addictive. So when you're done with sun-bathing at one of the best beaches in Tel Aviv, and you had enough of the Tel Aviv restaurants, you know it's time to go big or go home. While there is an endless list of venues to choose from and let loose in, from rooftop bars in Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv to underground clubs, here are our current favourite bars for every night of the week. After all, what happens in Tel Aviv…stays in Tel Aviv. Here are the best bars in Tel Aviv right now. Enjoy. 

Tel Aviv nightlife: boozing at the bars

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Imperial

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Hidden inside the Imperial Hotel, the Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar is the top of the top when it comes to craft cocktails. This temple to the lost art of cocktail goes back to the source, featuring veteran bartenders from the younger years of the White City. With an Asian-colonial inspired kitchen and a wide range of music from jazz to rock n’ roll, it’s no coincidence Imperial was crowned Drinks International magazine’s ‘Best Bar in Africa and the Middle East.’

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Bars, Café bars

Teder

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Chat to any local and they’ll whisper in your ears sweet nothings -- or everythings – about this important nightlife haven. If you’re into trends that haven’t become trends, because they’re so trendy, then Teder is the only place to be. Dive into an alternate world, where the cool reign and the grooves flow. Opt for this great cultural alternative to the mainstream commercial nightlife.

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Bars, Gastropubs

Uganda

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Where else can you find a bar, cafe, book and record store, and live music venue all in one? Only at Uganda, where alcohol meets great food and culture. Located at the very start of Florentin just steps from Rothschild Boulevard, there is always something funky happening at Uganda, such as a comic book sale, an experimental band playing or an art exhibition. A laid back atmosphere and friendly crowd completes the scene, enhanced by great beers on tap. 

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Bars, Lounges

October

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As a former art gallery, the October bar maintained the artist mentality, creating timeless masterpieces—only this time they are presented in the form of food. Though presented as a bar, the venue’s three owners (all born in October) sought to include delicious food on their menu. With tasty nibbles like leek fritters smothered in yogurt sauce, you can’t go wrong. And the locals love it! Don’t let the name fool you either. October bar is not only an autumn amenity. This gem of a spot is open all twelve months of the year.

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Bars, Dive bars

HaMinzar

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With simple food options and affordable beers, tourists and locals continuously seek out HaMinzar for a lovely night out. With a young and stylish crowd, the vibe and energy is chill, so come prepared to take your time and bask in this calming setting. With mismatched tables and chairs, the unpretentious restaurant setting makes it clear that the owner’s focus is geared towards food and drink. Best of all, HaMinzar is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Nightlife, Late-night bars

Kuli Alma

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Set in south Tel Aviv where Allenby Street meets Yehuda Halevi, this new-ish hangout haven has a certain mysticism, charm and rapture to it. It’s a two-level bundle of pure joy with a subterranean courtyard and staircase, a tiny misshapen dance floor and spirited ambience. It even has a vintage clothing store hidden within its labyrinth of rooms. Say the magic words, “Kuli Alma,” to any local and you’ll immediately make it into the cool books of Tel Aviv.

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Bars

Lucifer

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Step inside the dark hideout on the busy Allenby Street and start to blend in with the beautiful bohemian crowd. As the deep rock music begins to play, embrace this mysterious yet inviting popular spot with surprisingly awesome service. Tourists and locals alike will feel as if they have entered one of Tel Aviv’s most unique hotspots. Had a few to many beers? Getting a little hungry? There’s no need to leave. Lucifer also features a delicious food menu with an insanely filling burger. We guarantee a casual and grungy night out.

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Nilus
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Bars

Nilus

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This too-cool-for-school watering hole is the newest fad on the Allenby bar scene. Nilus bar - named after the Nile - combines high class hipster with lesbian-friendly vibes. The DJs, bartenders and managers are predominantly women bringing the spotlight down on Tel Aviv's art culture. Expect to meet directors, photographers, and budding artists while swirling a creative cocktail. And, when you want a break from the arts and culture, head upstairs for some recharging food or a smoke.   

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