The diviest of dive bars in Tel Aviv

Well-loved, well-worn, well-aged...just like a bottle of fine kiosk box wine
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It’s easy to get lost in the glitter and glam of Tel Aviv’s cocktail bar and club scenes; however, when peeling the residual glitter out of your every orifice at brunch the next morning, it’s important to remind yourself where your loyalty stands. Of course, we are referring to the ol’ reliable dive bars that were always there–in sickness (alcohol dependence) and in health (alcohol independence). There’s nothing like a well-worn, unglamorous bar stripped down to its bare bones, serving up cheap, ‘unfanciful’ drinks to keep the paying customers happy. Take a plunge down to Begbie, a divey gem just off the Tel Aviv beach strip offering 1+1 happy hour fun all night long, or alternate between 10% Goldstar SlowBrew and a joint on HaMinzar’s outdoor patio. And most importantly, don’t forget to burn your clothes when you get home.

Dive into Tel Aviv's best bars off the beaten track

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Cheers
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Bars, Dive bars

Cheers

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv City Center

Complete with old-timey music, loud laughter and conversation, and a pool table in back, Cheers is a quintessential neighborhood pub. You may as well be sitting in the American sitcom itself, drinking a 'third' next to Samuel "Mayday" Malone. Long tables centered around the bar encourage conversation between patrons and make it easy to keep the drinks flowing. The menu features classic burgers and fries to pair with your beer or cocktail of choice. With periodic community celebrations and pool tournaments, come to Cheers once for drinks and you'll be sure to return with friends!

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Bars

Salon Berlin

icon-location-pin Kerem Hateimanim

Step into this hipster paradise and try to see through the cloud of smoke as all the hip Tel Avivians drink their night away. Salon Berlin hosts mostly hipsters and Yemenite quarter residents in its snug space. Prices for alcohol are significantly cheaper than any other bars, earning them the proud title of as “cheap as in Berlin”. If you are looking for fine service, this may not be the place for you, but those looking for a unique Israeli/Berlin mashup have found their spot.

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Rokoko
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Bars, Beer bars

Rokoko

icon-location-pin White City

A cute underground hipster bar – with even cuter waitresses – Rokoko has great DJ-spun music and a friendly crowd. While some bars have a rotating tap, Rokoko takes it one step further with a rotating DJ. The bar is known for featuring a different mixmaster each night, sometimes even its own multitalented staff members. Located on Allenby Street, it is in close proximity to the Great Synagogue and a plethora of popular restaurants and shops. In typical hipster fashion, Rokoko is mysterious, lacking in promotion or advertisement. You’ll have to stop in to see for yourself, mingling with local Tel Avivians from the creative arts scene, to get a taste for this unique spot in the heart of the city.

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Norman Bar
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Bars, Dive bars

Norman Bar

icon-location-pin Kerem Hateimanim

Located on a side street just steps away from the busy Carmel Market, Norman Bar is a small and cozy place to grab a brew away from the hustle and bustle of the shuk. With 7 beers on tap and over 40 other bottled options lining the walls, you're certain to find a pint that suits your taste. If you're in the mood for something stronger, the bar is also known for its assortment of whiskeys. Norman Bar has ample outdoor seating in a prime location, and periodic poetry readings and live music nights, so stop by and relax amongst locals and passersby alike.

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