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

Road trippin': the perfect summer soundtrack
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Road trippin': the perfect summer soundtrack

Roll those windows down and turn up the volume. This is a journey across Israel’s eclectic musical landscape    Be sure to take the sensational sounds of Israel's thriving music scene with you on the road this summer, as you explore the country’s diverse scenery with your best mates. After all, music becomes that much sweeter when enjoyed together; songs take on new meaning when given the right amount of sun, laughter and air to breathe in.  So, here’s your local soundtrack...    track #1: Noga Erez - Toy One of Israel’s brightest indie stars, eccentric electronic producer and singer Noga Erez shines with every heartbeat and synth pulse. Her new single, “Toy”, packs the jittery punch needed to keep that blood pumping on those long stretches of road.    track #2 Abigail Rose - Gold Dome Listen for one minute to singer-songwriter Abigail Rose’s feathery, doe-eyed voice, and you might feel transported to some sun-dappled cafe, looking out at the bloom of Spring. Between softly strummed acoustic guitar and full-bodied vibraphone, Rose floats softly, guiding you along a sweet-scented path to something beautiful.   track #3 Hope 6 - Everything Is Before Me © PR   Every road trip needs an epic sing-along, and who better to deliver that than the soaring melody-makers of Hatikva 6? By fusing bits of seemingly every genre under the sun, the funky sextet deliver exactly what you’re looking for when seeking out that massive sugar high.    track #4 Or Edry - Al

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.

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).

Meet & Greet - the best Tel Aviv nightlife spots to actually hear yourself speak
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Meet & Greet - the best Tel Aviv nightlife spots to actually hear yourself speak

The Tel Aviv nightlife scene can be loud & proud, with no talking allowed. In other words, the adrenaline pumping music that blasts through the clubs and echoes down Rothschild Boulevard, Allenby Street and even Jaffa's alleyways can make it difficult to actually meet someone and hold a conversation. When looking for flirty fun in Tel Aviv, here are the best places to meet up, chat, and possibly head home with a few numbers. Because nobody wants to be single in the culture capital for too long.

The best rooftop bars in Tel Aviv
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The best rooftop bars in Tel Aviv

Drinking is fun. But drinking on a rooftop is exponentially more kickass. It feels like summer even when it's not and having a view to gaze out at, whether overlooking Rothschild boulevard or nestled in Neve Tzedek, makes it so much better. Thankfully, Tel Avivians love to get their drink on atop buildings with the beaches of Tel aviv or the Jaffa Port as their backdrop. If wine is your undisputed drink of choice, head to the miles of vineyards in the Golan Heights where Israeli wineries offer a taste of local history, culture and vino. The major party animals, though, will want to stick to the White City where Tel Aviv's nightlife is non-stop and the words 'last call' do not exist unless drunk munch restaurants are in the foreseeable future.

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Don't think "You've Got Time"...buy your tickets to Regina Spektor in Israel NOW
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Don't think "You've Got Time"...buy your tickets to Regina Spektor in Israel NOW

If you are from Mars and haven't heard the name Regina Spektor, you've probably still heard her music on at least one T.V. show (or whatever form of satellite device out there in space).     The Russian-born American singer-songwriter and pianist has broken the mold in every way imaginable, from releasing hit albums like Begin To Hope, with tracks featured on such shows as Grey's Anatomy, to writing the addictive Orange is the New Black theme song, and performing worldwide.   With material so original and a voice so unique, who wouldn't want to join the Regina Spektor fan club? Well now you can as she's coming to Israel THIS AUGUST! Israel is near and dear to the Jewish singer's heart, so she's decided to make yet another Holy Land appearance. There's no telling how fast her show in the Ra'anana Amphitheatre will sell out, so buy those tickets before you regret it.

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.

Israel's nightlife: where to drink & party

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.

Jerusalem nightlife: the best bars and nightclubs
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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
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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
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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
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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

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.