Not everyone is cut out for the crazy Tel Aviv nightlife scene. Or perhaps they were at one point – back in the day of the dinosaur – but years of thirsty Thursdays, cocktail hours and drinking one’s way down Dizengoff can get the best of you. Just like with wine, when it comes to people, "good things come with age" too. And these good things include quieter, more romantic, evenings with a larger selection of fine Israeli wines that don’t come from a box. There’s no better way to unplug after a stressful workday than at one of Tel Aviv’s top wine bars, pairing some bubbly with Israeli chef-quality cuisine.
White City wine bars to whet the palate
Par Derriere is a romantic wine bar, divided into intimate spaces, each with a unique atmosphere. In the front section, designed to look like a European café and delicatessen, visitors can purchase products to take home. Inside, an intimate wine bar that sits adjacent to an open area, where smoking is allowed. The left hosts some Kibbutz dining-hall style tables and chairs and further back sits a room for private events. The highlight is a magically designed garden out back, perfect for date night. The drink menu contains a large selection of fine wines, imported drinks, and artistic cocktails.
Locals know Ha’Basta as the place to try creative, well-executed food straight from the neighboring, open-air shuk. This is the kind of place where anything you taste will hit the mark. Creative dishes and an incredible wine list make HaBasta the place to go for a hyper local dining experience.
Using elements inspired by wine culture, this trendy-designed space displays walls decorated with collector’s items from international wineries. Guests sit on dark wicker chairs, at the bar or outdoors in the glow of candlelight. Try the filo pastry pockets filled with Camembert cheese, sardine bruschetta’s or handmade veal sausage and enjoy Friday afternoons where Tel Aviv meets Italy for an aperitivo.
Evoking the 2008 film, the name Vicky Cristina is only missing Barcelona — though that’s exactly what you’ll get when you make your way to the sensuous tapas and wine bar located on a beautiful patio under a lush, ancient ficus tree — the oldest in the city, in fact. Grab some paella de marisco, ceviche, or beef fillet at Vicky, the tapas bar, or a jug of sangria at Cristina, the wine bar — or better yet, go for both and get a true taste of Spain. You’ll be coming back here weekend after weekend.
With an ever-changing menu, numerous specials and unique dishes, Brut is guaranteed to provide satisfying sustenance. The wine bar is run by professionals, so there is no need to hesitate to ask any questions or seek tips and advice if you are not a wine expert. The environment is calm and charming while also feeling sophisticated and sexy, creating the perfect setting for a romantic night out or a casual evening with friends after work. The food menu is simple and tasty, offering warm pastas and crisp salads. When it comes to wining and dining, Brut is a no-brainer.
A few blocks away from busy Rothschild Boulevard, you will find this hidden gem of Italian small plates or snacks known as “Cichetti.” Owner Avi Kashi opened Cichetti because he wanted a place where people could come in and casually taste a selection of delicious bites. That’s exactly what you should do.
It's time to get an intimate taste of old world Portugal in a wine bar and shop specializing in wines importing from the European countryside. Even wine lovers trip up on recognizing the names of some of the Portuguese wines offered here. Definitely worth a bottle or two or four.