Five chic Israeli hotel lobby bars worth a drink...or two...or four

Elegant wines, creative cocktails, and beautiful men in bow ties, what more could one ask for?
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By Time Out Israel Writers |

With bars popping up left, right, and center, it's easy to lose focus in the shimmer of the Tel Aviv nightlife scene. Sometimes, however, what you're yearning for is right in front of your nose, or hotel lobby. From arguably the best cocktail bar in the Middle East's little sister to a classy Jerusalem hotel bar offering fine regional Israeli wines and an Akko gem with a view to match, you'll never want to leave the vicinity. And yes, to answer your question, all five of these bars are hotel robe optional.

Israel's classiest hotel lobby bars

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Bellboy @ Hotel B Berdichevsky, Tel Aviv

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The Bellboy Bar in the lobby of Tel Aviv's B Berdichevsky is a kind of bubble of another time and place, one that's completely different from the Tel Aviv atmosphere that surrounds it. A dimly lit corridor leads to a space stripped right from the 1920s, complete with hostesses in black dresses and strands of pearls, bow-tied barmen, and Swing music. The owners—among the founders of the 223 bar—stretched the imaginary period timeline all the way to the smallest details, including old baby prams filled with chasers on the half-oyster shell. Homemade syrups, essences, and ingredients like honeycomb, marshmallows, and popcorn are used during the cocktail concoction process and poured into unconventional vessels like mini-bathtubs, for example, with a yellow rubber duck inside. The food menu suits itself to the refreshing atmosphere, including delicious and elegant small dishes.

King David hotel
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Oriental Bar @ King David Hotel, Jerusalem

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The Oriental Bar is located close to the legendary Reading Room that has hosted world leaders, presidents, and prime ministers in a hotel symbolizing Jerusalem and serving as an integral part of Israel's history. A rich menu of Israeli wines awaits its guests, together with cocktails and alcoholic beverages, plus small tasting dishes, such as locally smoked salmon and bruschetta. The finest Israeli wineries—large and small—are represented on the wine list, which features four wines per month to expose the breadth of the Israeli wine industry to its clientele. Deep wine-colored armchairs and thick carpeting give the bar an atmosphere of regality, though despite the classy tone, the Oriental Bar accepts jeans of all kinds.

Efendi Hotel
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Wine Bar @ Efendi Hotel, Akko

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The Efendi Hotel was built on the base of two destroyed houses in the Old City of Akko, transforming into one of Israel's most beautiful hotels. The hotel's Wine Bar is located in an ancient cave, accessible via a steep staircase. Even the furniture matches the cave-like atmosphere, boasting wine racks constructed from ancient stone arches that house 2,000 bottles of exclusive Israeli wine. No wine is complete without a little "dine," which is why guests can order platters of boutique cheeses from the North, breads, and dips. On occasion, there are also wine tastings in the cellar. We highly recommend going to the hotel's rooftop bar at sunset – the perfect opportunity to savor a glass of Merlot with calls to prayer ringing out against a backdrop of endless ocean. A thrilling experience for Israelis and tourists alike.

Cramim Hotel
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Imperial Red @ Cramim by Isrotel Exclusive Collection

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The Cramim Hotel—part of the Isrotel chain's Exclusive Collection—is located in the Jerusalem Hills. Every detail of it has a connection to vineyards, wineries, and Israeli wine itself, so the meticulous cocktail bar is a pleasant surprise...then again based on its name, things might not be as surprising as they seem: Imperial Red is the younger sibling of the multiple prize-winning Imperial Bar in Tel Aviv. Imperial Red's decor is inspired by the jazz bars of New Orleans, while the menu is composed of local regional wines, luscious kosher bar snacks, plus signature cocktails created especially for the hotel. The nostalgic scene is complimented by intimate lighting, music from the jazz age, and well-dressed wait staff, all of whom know how to recommend just the right cocktail to suit each guest's personal taste. In short: a synergy of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem suitable for New York or London.

Hilton Hotel
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Lobby Bar @ Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel

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In the framework of a face-lift that took place several months ago on the hotel's entrance floor, Turkish architect Sinan Kafadar designed a special space to serve as a contemporary, upscale bar – open until 5:00 a.m. as a last refuge for hotel guests and revelers in general after a wild night on the town. The beverage menu stars cocktails alongside a wine tasting by the half-glass. Don't miss the delectable pastries either; they are designed to match perfectly with your cocktails for the ideal Instagram photo shoot. As if that's not enough, there's a late afternoon happy hour, featuring especially attractive cocktail prices as the sun goes down. The elegant atmosphere and the open terrace overlooking the Mediterranean complete an urban leisure experience like that found in the world's most vibrant cities.

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