The Israeli culture capital is renowned for many things, but it takes less than a week in the White City to recognize its two main local pastimes: the beaches in Tel Aviv and booze. As the sun starts to set, Tel Avivians migrate from the shores of the Mediterranean to the streets of Dizengoff, Rothschild and Allenby for happy hour cocktails before a big night out in the Tel Aviv nightlife scene. Choosing from the wealth of fantastic bars in Tel Aviv can be overwhelming, so we’ve drunk the city dry looking for the best cocktail bars around. Here’s our insider’s guide to Tel Aviv nightlife: the top cocktail bars in the White City.
Tel Aviv nightlife: the top cocktail bars
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.
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.’
Step into this romantic and elegant space, where cocktails are crafted with the utmost of care. Every cocktail at Botanika is served at an exact -19 degrees Celsius and individually paired with a dish, making it more than a restaurant, but rather an experience. Their one-of-a-kind ice craftsmanship (each drink is served with a giant ice block that is cut in front of your very eyes) sets them apart from other bars in the Middle East. Botanika also offers a variety of dishes that emphasize local products, plus a large selection of Israeli wines and micro-brews. Whether you fancy a cocktail with girlfriends, a wine-infused first date or some local beer with the boys, Botanika is the place for you.
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.
Known as the “cocktail bar pharmacy," the bartenders actually dress like pharmacists, and cocktails are served in three different sized beaker bottles. This is the largest cocktail bar in Tel Aviv, but don’t get confused when you see a sign for “The East Jaffa Perfume Company” – you’re at the right place! With a happy hour from 18:00 - 21:00 offering 1+1 on all cocktails, it is definitely worth it to pop in a bit early for a deal. This elegant spot features a weekly mojito Monday as well as a massive selection of cocktails every day.
Standing smack dab in the middle of Dizengoff, its prime location is only one of the aspects that make Concierge a must-visit on your next ladies night. You’ll be captivated by their dazzlingly vibrant drinks like the electric “blue heaven” with vodka, blue Curacao, vanilla and citrus, or the “deep purple,” a gin-based cocktail that steals your attention with its beet infused vanilla syrup. Don’t miss their sophisticated food menu as well. Enjoy the intimate indoor scene or sip in style on their elegant patio, either way the modern twist on a vintage style will have you coming back for more…and more…and more.
Redefining the bar experience since 2014, Bell Boy bar has one simple motto: “everyone deserves to have fun.” They pride themselves on an approach to food and drinks that is slightly out of the ordinary. We’d tell you what they mean, but we don’t want to ruin the surprise. You’ll just have to come to the lobby of the Bedichevsky boutique hotel to see for yourself. Reserving a table ahead of time is a smart idea as the place is as popular as it is stylish.
Nestled behind two easy-to-miss white doors marked only by a fleur-de-lis, French 57 is a scene straight out of New Orleans. The long bar table that takes up most of the inside invites those who are single and ready to mingle or those looking to catch up with a friend, to sit down and enjoy a drink and some Louisiana eats. The mixologists are constantly on the move, concocting everything from the classic Sazerac to the crowd favorite Pearl Diver, which features 57 French infused rum and coconut in every form imaginable. Step into the magical world of Mardi Gras and soak up the Cajun hospitality.
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.
We wouldn’t expect anything but delicious cocktails from the guys behind Spicehaus, therefore their latest creation Double Standard is guaranteed to provide a killer cocktail and a sophisticated snack menu. All the mixers are homemade in the Spicehaus laboratories – with a wide range of healthy tastes and flavors. During the day, the bar turns into a shop selling the numerous house-made mixes for the perfect gift or latest addition to your home bar. This impressive bar and shop is a fabulous extension of the ever popular and high quality Spicehaus cocktail bar. Located on Dizengoff Street, you will be sipping delicious cocktails in the heart of North Tel Aviv.