Independence Day parties 2017: Time Out's guide to parties in Tel Aviv
There's no better way to commemorate Israel's Independence than with a good old fashion party. Whether you hit up one of Tel Aviv's free, unstoppable street parties or spend some shek on a DJ-spun celebration on one of the best rooftop bars in Tel Aviv, you're bound to have a great time all night long. With our ongoing roundup of Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut) parties, you'll be dancing your way to the nearest breakfast joint.
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.
Allenby from A to Z: a never-ending guide to Tel Aviv's never-ending street
By day, Allenby Street is a chaotic bundle of bargain shops with a few designer boutiques squeezed in between. By night, the long, long road that used to be abandoned, is growing steadily into the place for never-ending Tel Aviv nightlife fun. From live music to karaoke, the best restaurants in Tel Aviv to the latest street food markets and drunk munch, happy hour to all-you-can-drink, Allenby has got it all...and more! We’ve got all you need to know about venues on and just off of this important player of the Tel Aviv nightlife game, in alphabetical order. Be sure to check out what’s on this week, like Pasaz’s TLV sessions – highlighting local artists of all genres.
Five Tel Aviv bars with the happiest of happy hours
There is nothing more rewarding than sitting down at a cocktail bar on Dizengoff or grabbing a beer near the Carmel Market after a long day at the office. After all, you've earned it. While the Tel Aviv nightlife scene can do major damage to your wallet, not to mention the cost of post-clubbing drunchies that creep up late at night, food and drank doesn’t have to drain your entire day’s earnings. That’s where these five White City happy hour deals come in – from discounted cocktails to half-off food, these Tel Aviv bars have just the thing to tie you over before a big night out, or give you a reason to head home for a nap or hunker down early.
The 10 best Haifa nightlife spots
Stuck somewhere between European ideals, Middle Eastern warmth and character and its undying fascination of American culture, Israel is one of the best places in the world for going out and having a good time. The wild Tel Aviv nightlife scene has earned itself the reputation of city that never sleeps, running 24 hours a day, but Haifa has a surprisingly diverse and rich nightlife scene of its own that continues on into the late night hours in the busy city centers. Here is our pick for this Mediterranean port city’s most sought after bars, pubs, and live music joints – from the trendy to the classy to the purely classic “Haifa”.
Nightlife & music news
The Belgian DJ duo Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike who took the electronic scene by storm are coming to Tel Aviv
Brothers Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike have risen to critical acclaim in a very short amount of time. And, it comes as no surprise either as this Belgian DJ duo knows how to put on a good show. They have maintained a steady upward trajectory on their path from celebrated DJs to kings of the electronic music scene. This year, they stole the prestigious number one spot in DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs Poll; they've performed alongside some of the biggest names in the DJ world and have remixed songs by J-Lo, Lady Gaga and LMFAO. Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike have taken Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America by storm and are now coming to the Holy Land to do the same. Start your Pesach off right. Don't miss their blowout performance with special guest Lost Frequencies, at Live Park in Rishon LeZion April 11th. April 11, 19:00. Live Park, Rishon Lezion
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
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
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.
Israel's nightlife: where to drink & party
The hottest clubs on the Tel Aviv nightlife scene
It’s not a myth. Tel Aviv’s known as ‘the city that never sleeps’ for a reason. From a booming Tel Aviv nightlife bar scene to a collection of one-of-a-kind cocktail bars, you’d be silly to call it an early night in the White City. If bars aren’t your thing, and neither is the alternative Tel Aviv nightlife, and you’re looking to shake that tail feather to Israel’s hottest DJs, we’ve rounded up the best clubs in Tel Aviv for your dancing pleasure. From the glamorous spots down by the Tel Aviv Port to after hours establishments just steps from Rothschild Boulevard, you’ll leave the clubs just in time to cure those drunchies with some greasy Tel Aviv street food or hungover Israeli breakfast. When it comes to Tel Aviv nightlife, you have to give into the FOMO. After all, you can sleep when you’re dead.
Jerusalem nightlife: the best bars and nightclubs
Many things come to mind when people think about things to do in Jerusalem, but it doesn’t tend to include nightlife. This, however, is quickly changing as the Jewish history-charged city – thanks to the great Jerusalem hotels, hostels, the Jerusalem restaurants, Israeli fashion designers and a bustling tech scene – is attracting a new crop of urban savvy tourists and denizens who may not have left the confines of the White City due to the endless to do in Tel Aviv in the past. Whether you prefer to sit back with a glass of exquisite Israeli wine or are looking to dance the night away to live music on Ben Yehuda street, we’ve rounded up the best of Jerusalem nightlife: bars and clubs.
The best venues in the Tel Aviv nightlife scene to hear live music
The Tel Aviv nightlife scene is booming with funky beats, internationally renowned DJs and bands that can only truly be appreciated live. While some fancy the casual cocktail or a slightly more alternative Tel Aviv nightlife option, like a catching an Israeli movie at Lev or the Cinematheque, the real magic lies in the Tel Aviv live music scene. From iconic establishments like Barby and Zappa that host festivals up the kazoo, to all-night Jazz jams and so much more, these are the best venues in the nonstop City to listen to nonstop live music. You’ll crawl into bed with a smile on your face – ears still ringing and blood still pumping – after a night at these venues.
Eilat Nightlife: five top bars and clubs
Whether you spend your days being active while Snuba diving in the coral reefs and ice skating at Israel’s only ice mall, or at your hotel taking in the poolside rays, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets. What Eilat’s nightlife establishments lack in numbers, they make up for in party personality. Taking the motto “go hard or go home” to heart, the bars and clubs that line the southern promenade promise to impress even the most Tel Avivian of night owls. From dually-owned open air nightclubs, Selena and Crazy Elephant, to casual pub staples like Three Monkeys and the American-themed Mike’s Place, you’ll be glad you stayed up to be part of the action.
Tel Aviv nightlife: the best bars in the White City
Israel’s 24-hour party capital may have a village-like feel (going clubbing via bicycle is a rite of passage), but the thriving Tel Aviv nightlife scene features a fusion of parties crammed full of character, chutzpah and never-ending 'carpe diem'. Buckle up, because soon you’ll discover that the party never stops – it’s wild, it’s sexy and it’s damn addictive. So when you're done with sun-bathing at one of the best beaches in Tel Aviv, and you had enough of the Tel Aviv restaurants, you know it's time to go big or go home. While there is an endless list of venues to choose from and let loose in, from rooftop bars in Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv to underground clubs, here are our current favourite bars for every night of the week. After all, what happens in Tel Aviv…stays in Tel Aviv. Here are the best bars in Tel Aviv right now. Enjoy.
The best bars in Tel Aviv for foodies
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.
Rothschild 12 has been around for some time now, but not for much longer. Plans to build the Ritz hotel in its place have already begun, so if you’re up for early cocktails with excellent bar food, or a rowdy night entertained by live bands playing anything from punk-rock to electronic music, this is your place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classical music venues
The Culture Palace (or Charles Bronfman Auditorium)
The Culture Palace (or Charles Bronfman Auditorium) is the grandest concert hall in Tel Aviv, with an even grander orchestra: the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman, the IPO captivates audiences with its subscription series, performing special concerts, family series, piano concertos, a gala event and much more. Over the past eighty years, the well-rounded orchestra has hosted an impressive panel of conductors and soloists, while striving to develop young Israeli talent simultaneously. Revel in the IPO’s blissful baroque and romantic repertoire, as well as all the Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Bartok your classically trained hearts can handle. Your ears will thank you later.
Henry Crown Symphony Hall (in the Jerusalem Theatre)
The Henry Crown Symphony Hall, a 760 person-capacity concert hall inside the Jerusalem Theatre, houses a variety of opera and classical concerts; most important are those performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. A medley of Mendelssohn will have you singing his “Songs of Praise,” fate will be knocking on your door with Chen Zimbalista’s family-friendly rendition of Beethoven’s fifth symphony, and you’ll fall head-over-heels in love with Prokofiev’s musical retelling of the classic romance, “Romeo and Juliet,” also conducted by Zimbalista. Israel’s largest centre for art and culture hosts an endless list of performances, festivals, and with its six elegant halls. A must on any culture addict’s itinerary.
The Israeli Opera - Tel Aviv
Founded in 1945, the Israeli Opera has been consistently delivering stellar shows for over seventy years.Since its establishment, in addition to performing well known operas, the opera has commissioned and performed several operas by Israeli creators such as ‘Josef’ by Josef Tal and Israel Eliraz, ‘Alpha & Omega’ by Gil Shohat to a libretto by Dori Manor and Ana Herman, and ‘A Journey to the End of the Millennium’ by Joseph Bardanashvili and A. B. Yehoshua, which was commissioned especially for the 20th anniversary of the Israeli Opera. These modern shows developed by Israeli artists provide visitors the chance to see a performance that is uniquely Israeli. The Opera currently enjoys the support of over 18,000 subscribers and produces an average of eight productions each season. These productions feature leading opera artists from all over the world alongside Israeli opera artists and are sung in the original language with Hebrew and English subtitles.
Elma Arts Complex - Music Hall
Due to an extremely successful first season, Elma Arts Complex is offering their classical concert subscription for the second year in a row. Their goal: to “open up a window on classical music’s varied styles, periods, and musicians.” Their means: through an illumination of three aspects of music—a Classical Series, a Baroque Series, and a Bridge Series that bridges the gap between traditional classical worlds and popular, innovative, more daring musical worlds. The musicians thrive off the acoustics of Elma Hall, the free atmosphere of the Cube, and the audience’s contagious energy. Musical growth is everywhere, even in the blossoming gardens that surround the beautiful hotel. Why not stay the night? The Elma Arts Complex is also a luxury hotel.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art concert hall (concert series)
Dear music lovers,the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is back and better than ever with a signature series of concerts that will draw you in for the long run. This season features some incredibly unique collaborations: from the return of the popular Danish String Quartet to a classical concert with an avant-garde twist: featuring eight hands, two pianos, and one oud, everything down to the enthusiastic announcer and mood lighting is absolutely addictive. Come for a concert, stay for the season. Who said art-lovers couldn’t be music-lovers as well?
This quaint theater, nestled in the diverse educational, cultural and accommodation center that is Beit Shmuel, is an ideal venue for shows and performances. Thanks to its prime location in the heart of Jerusalem, many local and touring musicians and theatre troupes book Hirsch Theater for their stopover in the Holy City. The space also houses conferences and seminars on a regular basis.