Music & Nightlife

Discover the best bars, clubs and music venues in Israel. Whether you’re looking for a cocktail, a beer or a live music show, this is your Israel nightlife guide

A nocturnal guide to Tel Aviv nightlife
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A nocturnal guide to Tel Aviv nightlife

A city that never sleeps needs a high dose of adrenaline pumping through it at all times to stay awake. Whether that adrenaline comes from excellent sugar-infused cocktails, 3 a.m. eats, or head throbbing Tel Aviv clubs that go past the wee hours of the morn and right into Israeli breakfast time, is irrelevant. What is relevant is the abundance of options once the sun sets. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best of the best on Dizengoff, Allenby, Rothschild and more for the ultimate nocturnal guide to Tel Aviv nightlife. Are you up to the challenge? See how many can you tackle in one night.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cancel Tel Aviv show
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cancel Tel Aviv show

Unfortunately, what was set up to be an amazing evening of hip hop in Tel Aviv will leave a void in the hearts of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans. It was officially announced that the duo will be cancelling their show on July 18th due to scheduling conflicts. Here is the official statement from their promoter: "We will regretfully have to cancel the M&RL in tel aviv on july 18 due to unexpected scheduling conflicts. M&RL sincerely apologize and look forward to making this up to their fans." How they will make it up to their fans is yet to be determined. Fingers crossed for another visit down the road, but for now, we'll just have to look forward to the other incredible international talents heading our way this summer, like Britney, Guns N' Roses, and Radiohead. Plus, don't miss Gogol Bordello only a day away! Check out Time Out's exclusive interview with the gypsy punk legend himself.  

The most hipster bars in Tel Aviv
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The most hipster bars in Tel Aviv

Calling all Israeli dancers, poets, writers, musicians and performance artists! The hipster scene is growing faster than Florentin can handle, and space at its hole-in-the-wall dives is limited. This has caused an overflow of beard-sporting, plaid-wearing, non-caring cool kids to bleed over into the Tel Aviv nightlife scene in search of a new spot to chill. Never fear, Time Out is here – with a lineup of cool bars to choose from. Revel in hipster heaven: get into a philosophical debate at Rokoko, get lost in the never-ending labyrinth of rooms at Kuli Alma, try out your best interpretive dance moves on the benches at Uganda (even when no one else is dancing and no music is playing), or duck away from Allenby into the Great Synagogue’s self-proclaimed hipster gem, Otsar. It’s time to wax up that 'stache, tighten that top knot, throw on those skinny jeans, and head to one of Tel Aviv's most hipster bars.

Tel Aviv nightlife: the best after hour clubs to finish the night off strong
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Tel Aviv nightlife: the best after hour clubs to finish the night off strong

It started with happy hour at 18:00….then a predrink at 21:00...followed by some tasteful cocktail bar in Tel Aviv around 23:00...then alternating live music and clubbing by midnight. It’s 3:00 a.m. and your adrenaline is still pumping. It’s time to refuel with drunchies around Rothschild Boulevard and Allenby Street, then head over to Tel Aviv nightlife’s best after hour clubs. We expect all-night partying into the wee hours of the morning. Don’t let us down!

A "Pooper's Guide" to the funkiest bathrooms in Tel Aviv
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A "Pooper's Guide" to the funkiest bathrooms in Tel Aviv

It's no secret that Tel Aviv doesn't exactly have the most 'user-friendly' bathrooms. The White City's unwritten rule is that the closer in proximity you get to the beach, the lesser the odds are that your bathroom stall will come equipped with toilet paper. Have no fear! The "Pooper's Guide" is here with a roundup of the funkiest, freshest, cleanest, most-heavily Teepee-stocked bathrooms in town. From crazy mathematical equation-laced wallpaper set to Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" to a beautiful Buddhist oasis, these toilets will transport you into an alternate state so euphoric, you'll never want to leave (though your date might start to worry).

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Get your caffeine on because White Night 2017 is set to be the best yet
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Get your caffeine on because White Night 2017 is set to be the best yet

While the Big Apple may have been the first to be deemed the city that never sleeps, Tel Aviv is not far behind. Which is why it is so exciting when White Night rolls around, aka the one night a year when the city pulls an all-nighter, celebrating until the break of dawn. Live music, street parties, and free entry to museums are just the tip of the iceberg...   Disco, Disco, Disco © PR       Rabin Square is the quintessential Tel Aviv landmark – with hundreds of tourists visiting on a daily basis, thousands of Israelis gathering everv y year for Memorial Day ceremonies, and, in recent years, it has become home to one of White Night's biggest events: the silent disco. Don your headphones and get groovin’.   If bumping and grinding alongside a bunch of teens isn’t your idea of fun, head to Ben Gurion Blvd for a more sophisticated affair: Jazz on the Boulevard. Let the musical talents of local jazz bands entertain you as you partake in a moonlit stroll.    For the edgier amongst you, head over to Tel Aviv’s hipster paradise, Florentin, hosting the “Made in Florentine” street party including street performances, live graffiti, tours, and more. Casually sipping on kombucha, rocking a faded vintage button-down, or stroking a pet ferret will help you fit right in.    Culture Vulture © Tal Glick   Take advantage of the (free!) cultural opportunities, and head to the Eretz Israel Museum to explore their offering of exhibitions, — we recommend checking out On th

Single and ready to mingle: how to navigate Tel Aviv’s nightlife while single
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Single and ready to mingle: how to navigate Tel Aviv’s nightlife while single

Tel Aviv is a well-known haven for bachelors and bachelorettes looking to go out and hook-up. With so many eclectic places to party, the inherent Israeli need to be a matchmaker and a city that never sleeps - finding someone to take home is rarely a challenge. But, how does single life differ in Tel Aviv from the rest of the world? Ari Ross heads to the city’s nightlife hotspots to get the low-down   © Ari Ross       Name: Maayan Age: 28 Occupation: Artist “I often go to places like Alla Rampa to escape the intensity of the Tel Aviv dating scene. Sometimes you just want to have a drink with your friends and not be hit on by every guy!   © Ari Ross       Name: David and Keith Age: 27 and 28 Occupation: Musicians “As visitors in this fine city of Tel Aviv — we are quite amazed by the overwhelming beauty of Israeli girls in some of the spots we’ve been to – including Breakfast, Kuli Alma and Tahat. New York now has some competition for most attractive city!”   © Ari Ross       Name: Kathy Age: 28 Occupation: Law student “Israeli guys are way more manly and attentive than guys in the States. And way more handsome! Who needs dating apps when you have streets filled with beautiful people?”   © Ari Ross       Name: Jonas Age: 31 Occupation: Fashion designer “The dating customs in Tel Aviv are clearly far less formal than those in Sweden. Girls in Tel Aviv are way more aggressive! But I do find comfort in places like Har S

Gay party lines: painting the White City rainbow, one party at a time
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Gay party lines: painting the White City rainbow, one party at a time

It’s no secret that Tel Aviv is an international gay destination. What Tel Aviv may lack in gay bars, it makes up for with a large variety of gay party lines. From gay fetish parties to artsy hipster parties, there’s an event out there for all visitors and Tel Aviv locals. From Tuesday night parties to the wild week of pride events, check out our list of gay parties:   Beef - every Friday (rotating locations) Various locations - check website - http://www.beeftlv.co.il/ BEEF is Tel Aviv's leading fetish and bear party that takes place every week at rotating locations. BEEF parties are mens only, attracting bears, masculine kinky guys and people with fetishes. Since its establishment in 2009, BEEF strives to empower all these local gay sub-cultures, and promote Tel-Aviv as a gay tourist destination. The BEEF group powers a weekly cruising/dance/bar night (BEEFSTER / BOAR), a monthly party (BEEFjerky), a dress code pervi party (BEEF Xtreme), an annual pride main event (TEL A-BEEF), and an annual Jewish new year's event (SIN). BEEF parties are not for the sensitive crowd as many parties put on a full kinky porn performance act on stage as well as contain a playroom designed by a changing concept or theme. BEEF is not about showing off, it's all about the people and fulfilling their deepest fantasies in a warm and welcoming environment.   FFF Shirazi - every two weeks (rotating locations, check website) Various locations - check website - https://www.facebook.com/fffgroup.

Basic instinct: Tel Aviv nightlife's top five pickup spots
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Basic instinct: Tel Aviv nightlife's top five pickup spots

You can wander along Dizengoff Street, the Tel Aviv Port, or Rothschild Boulevard and come across endless alternatives to Tinder-ing, but when time is of the essence, zone in on one of these tried-and-true pickup spots - all of which are guaranteed to be hot zones for flirty shenanigans and midnight barstool make out sessions. Here’s a look at the best pickup bars and clubs that are part of the Tel Aviv nightlife scene.

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A sneak peek at Tel Aviv's sensational summer cocktails
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A sneak peek at Tel Aviv's sensational summer cocktails

It's summertime, which means many things in Tel Aviv: bustling beaches, longer days, ice cream galore...but summertime only means one thing for the White City bar scene: new cocktails! We've summoned Tel Aviv's cocktail Gods to grace us with their newest, wildest, wackiest summer creations. From fabulously fruity gardens of Eden to IV "blood baths" filled with the tomato-inspired classic Bloody Mary, these mixologists are leaving nothing behind. Here's a sneak peek at the sensational summer concoctions to imbibe from June to July and even August.

'Jump on it': where to go on a White City night out to dance on the bar
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'Jump on it': where to go on a White City night out to dance on the bar

You’re drunk. And not the usual drunk that pairs a bottle of cheap wine and the intentions of going out, with a bottle of Gatorade and the intentions of passing out. No, not tonight. Tonight’s the night. The night you finally take that liquid confidence to the clubs and conquer your greatest fear. You’ve thought about it before – seeing as it’s a rite of Tel Aviv nightlife passage – but the cascade of square napkins posing as confetti never fails to slap your face back to reality. Your friends have done it, your coworkers have done it, heck even your boyfriend has done it, so now it’s your turn. Ditch the high heels, ignore the relentless Israeli fan club you’ve acquired and hop up on that bar stool. It’s time to take to the stage. It won’t be easy, it’ll probably be sleazy and it definitely won’t be pretty. Nothing a free Arak shot can’t fix. Here are the best places to dance on the bar when partying it up in White (napkin) City. You’ll feel invisible from up there, like you’re walking on water, but the water is actually a spilled mess of watered down chasers.  Billie Jean   © PR     What Billie Jean lacks in size it makes up for in energy. This dance bar is a popular place for those who like to move. An alternative to the higher-end clubs on Rothschild Blvd, you can find patrons here dancing to 90s hip hop and a mix of American and Israeli top 40 hits. Billie Jean is not for the shy or weak of heart, it’s not uncommon to see guests getting down on top of the bar

Jaffa nightlife - the best bars and clubs in the city
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Jaffa nightlife - the best bars and clubs in the city

While the Tel Aviv nightlife scene is infamous for its wild clubs, delicious drinks and all-night parties, they aren’t the only city along the Mediterranean that knows how to keep the good times rolling. Unbelievable nightlife runs from the Tel Aviv Port all the way to Jaffa, where you can find just about anything from casual wine and beer bars to heart-pumping clubs. Take a break from your usual spots and head over to Jaffa tonight for a change of pace and a breath of fresh air. Plus, the drunken Jaffa street food offerings are worth the White City center detour.

Tel Aviv nightlife: the top cocktail bars in the White City
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Tel Aviv nightlife: the top cocktail bars in the White City

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.

6 Jerusalem bars that are off the beaten path
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6 Jerusalem bars that are off the beaten path

While a summer night wandering through Jerusalem’s downtown triangle searching for your next place to challenge your liver may seem like an easy ride, the real challenge with Jerusalem is actually finding a bar with a little more character than all the rest. Something with a little more “oh my,” “well I wasn’t expecting that,” and “wow” factor than the usual pubs that Yafo Street, Ben Yehuda and the market and surrounding area have to offer. Lucky for you though, we haven’t found just one, we’ve found six. And so here they are: the best pubs and bars off Jerusalem’s beaten track.

The best bars in Tel Aviv for foodies

Social Club
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Social Club

This stylish modern bistro and bar has a lively atmosphere and a Manhattan feel. On the menu you’ll find a fresh combination of Middle Eastern and European cuisine, imaginative cocktails and a long wine list.  For nights of excellent food and an effervescent atmosphere, Social Club fits the bill.  

223
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223

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.

Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar
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Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar

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.’

Aria Lounge
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Aria Lounge

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.

Kab Kem
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Kab Kem

Talk to anyone who has lived in Tel Aviv for long enough to know where to eat and the Thai House will inevitably come up as the place to go for authentic, delicious Thai dishes. With little to no competition, the place is perpetually packed and reservations are actually a must. And now, after two decades of anticipation, the owner has finally branched out and opened another venture called Kab Kem, featuring drinks and Thai bites. However, "bites" implies something small, but what we are talking about here is a one-two punch packed with flavor and then some. Expect intense salty, sour and ever-so-spicy mouthfuls - with dishes covering the gamut from land and sea. And with such spice comes the need to keep a steady pace, taking the eating and drinking in measured stride - almost forcing patrons to enjoy every last bit, and every last sip. With menu fixtures ranging from noodle dishes bursting with crystal shrimp and grilled scallops steaming straight from the wok to a host of exotic Thai cocktails - taking your time is all part of the exceptional experience.

Jerusalem nightlife

Servesa
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Servesa

One of the hottest bars in Jerusalem, Servesa is trendy enough to attract the young, hip crowd who are in the mood to party till late – like a pied piper for partygoers. If you’re lucky enough to start your weekend there, catch the live music sets on Thursday and Saturday nights. Servesa’s inviting atmosphere and excellent music make it a must-see.

Mirror Bar
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Mirror Bar

Located in the chic Mamilla Hotel, the Mirror Bar is a perfect pick for a romantic date or cocktails with friends in a serene setting. Mirror bar attracts an assortment of people too, from tourists to businessmen, to native Israelis. Want an added bonus? Reflect on the cool cocktail list and get tasting, the food is sumptuous too.

Gatsby
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Gatsby

Set foot inside Gatsby and let the sounds of jazz, swing, and bubbly conversations enlighten your senses. Aromatic herbs swirl around you as you slip into the era of flappers and dappers. Cocktails at this 1920s speakeasy are brewed to perfection, justifying the bar’s slightly higher than normal prices.

Toy Bar
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Toy Bar

Located next to the old neighborhood of Nahalat Shiva, the Toy Bar is a fantastic place for experiencing the Jerusalem scene and rubbing shoulder with some of Jerusalem’s locals. The bar regularly hosts parties for the student crowd too, luring them in with its vibrant atmosphere, comfy sofas and a wide variety of beverages.  

Sira
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Sira

A tiny bar ... a landmark institution ... Sira Bar is hard to define. It's frequented by students, so don’t be put off by its exterior either. The mini dance floor, DJs and beer will lure you into its magical world. If you’re a lover of Electronic beats and eclectic tunes, then Sira will thrill you right to the core and keep you coming back for more!

Casino de Paris
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Casino de Paris

Despite being neither in Paris nor a casino, Casino de Paris has plenty authenticity going for it: a carefree atmosphere, great staff and live music. If you’re lucky enough, you might even spot the owner, super-famous Israeli musician Shaa'nan Streett. Despite its name, frequenting this hangout is not a risky gamble, it’s a sure bet.

Where to see live music in Tel Aviv

Levontin 7
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Levontin 7

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.

Zappa
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Zappa

Looking to broaden your musical tastes? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to hear. With numerous shows throughout the week and locations in Herzliya and Tel Aviv, Zappa is a king in the industry. With over twelve years of success, Zappa knows what they are doing when it comes to nightlife. From food and drinks to a fabulous sound system, the two venues are an awesome destination for visitors and locals alike.

Barby
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Barby

Get your groove on at Barby. This grungy nightlife spot located on the eastern side of Tel Aviv is the place to hear the latest live acts in the White City. Showcasing a wide range of artists, Barby is guaranteed to satisfy your tastes, no matter what they may be. Often referred to as Tel Aviv's best concert venue, this dark massive room is a haven for those looking to let loose and feel the groove. Check out their website or facebook for the most up-to-date information regarding shows and events.  

Shablul
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Shablul

The same spot that reverberates with the exuberant tones of veteran jazz and blues artists like Lazer Lloyd, also resonates with the funk, ethno-jazz and hip-hop tapestry so many Tel Aviv musicians are known for. Grab a trumpet and toot your own horn because this little gem at the heart of Tel Aviv’s port is open seven days a week.