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
Founded in 2008 by one of the world’s most popular bartenders, Ariel Leizgold, 223 has retained its title as a star of the Dizengoff bar scene. Why not try the cocktail that first won Leizgold an international bartending title, the Passion Fruit 2006, made from vodka, ginger, apricot brandy and passion fruit? Or sample one of their prohibition-style cocktails like the Vieux Carré, with rye, cognac, sweet vermouth and bitters. Or, if you’re feeling truly adventurous, tell one of the professionally trained mixologists your flavor preferences and let them work their mixmaster magic. No matter what you choose, you can’t lose. Transcend time and place at the bar that raised the bar in central Tel Aviv.
This underground club and bar boasts highly mindful and eclectic curated live performances from an array of talented artists from all over Israel. You’re sure to catch musicians performing everything from reggae to rock to funk and electronic. The best part is that the club itself is large enough to have a dance around without feeling claustrophobic. Yes, you now have permission to flail those arms about and wiggle those hips.
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.
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.
Aria's “downstairs” ground floor lounge offers a rich cocktail bar alongside dishes from the chef’s kitchen. The new and advanced sound system provides the perfect setting with the DJ located at the center of the circular lounge space. The guests sitting at the bar enjoy a unique experience that starts with dinner and drinks accompanied by live performances of the best local and international DJs, followed by a full-blown party into the midnight hours. Whether you are popping in for Hors D'oeuvres and cocktails or simply looking for some late-night drinks, this exclusive spot in central Tel Aviv is the hangout to head to for some elegant gallivanting.
Oh if the walls could talk! BuXa is renowned for its ultra mod contemporary art lining its chic walls, and ultra cool contemporary beverage list filling the bellies of locals and tourists alike. This trendy vibe and hipster lair shouldn’t deter you from experiencing Israel’s up-and-coming underground DJs stretching their talents across the decks. Hang out in the yard on the top floor, dance the night away on the lower floor or simply perch yourself at the bar chatting to night crawlers for the evening – the world is your BuXa.
Classy and elegant cocktail bars in Tel Aviv don’t get more authentic than The Library Bar at The Norman Hotel. This stylish 1940s style bar has an extensive cocktail and spirits menu as well as one of the finest wine lists in Tel Aviv. Whether meeting business associates or simply sitting back and relaxing with one of the books in the library, you can enjoy a special all-day food menu from the restaurant kitchen from noon or a traditional English afternoon tea. At night, the bar transforms into a stylish lounge, perfect for a romantic date or a night out with friends.
Located on the bustling Nachalat Binyamin Street, Shpagat – Hebrew word for “splits” in gymnastics – is the unofficial queen of Tel Aviv’s vibrant gay nightlife scene. If you aren’t strictly gay, and bi-sexual is your preference, Shpagat doesn’t discriminate. All shapes, sizes, and ages welcome here. Enjoy its intimate seating surrounding the large performance stage-like steps and dance floor/schmoozing area, and stay for the groovy tunes, delicious drinks and guest DJs from around the world.
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