Five on it: Israeli talents to plug into now
With Israeli bands like A-WA, Lola Marsh and Jane Bordeaux gaining international acclaim, the world is increasingly aware of the skills flowing out of the land of milk and honey. Here are the best local talents that should be on your radar next. 1. Garden City Movement, a Tel Aviv-based electronic music project, is rapidly gaining recognition nation-wide, and judging by their recent International Music MTV Award, the world has begun to sit up and listen, too. Clash magazine praised their “frenetic fusion of dance floor-ready beats and intertwining vocals," and Disclosure have welcomed them onto their stage. ‘Move On' is the perfect soundtrack for a romantic encounter, or to wind down to after a frantic day. © PR Catch them January 5 at Merkaz Einav, Tel Aviv and keep an ear out for their debut album, coming soon. Updates here: bldg5records.com/artist/garden-city-movement 2. Full Trunk is the modern manifestation of 1970’s blues rock. They have, rightly, been embraced by Israel’s music scene, tearing up the stages of some of the biggest venues and festivals. The trio commands the stage, drawing the audience in through their heart-felt rock rhythm and their tremendous stage presence. They clearly have a ball playing alongside one another, and invite spectators to do the same. After two successful albums, “Full Trunk” and “Time For Us To Move," the band is working on their third. © Dana Bar-On Catch them January 13 at the Bar
Tel Aviv nightlife: five hidden speakeasies
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but Time Out Israel has rounded up the finest five speakeasy bars in Tel Aviv. Step out of your comfort zone and into the roarin’ jazz age at these hidden bars where the art of mixology is no joke. When you’re sick of the Lonely Planet tourist traps and looking for a more exciting evening out, why not dive into the coconut infused “Pearl Diver” at the Louisiana themed French 57 or rock out to Moonshine’s “Woodstock,” made with beet-infused bacardi moonshine and other distinct fruit flavors. You don’t need to bob your hair or put on a flapper skirt to enjoy these whimsical bars. All you need is a thirst for discovery that’s itching to be quenched.
Israeli culture: classical music across the country
When treating your senses to mouthwatering market fare and beautiful sights from north to south in the world’s holiest country, it is only fair to treat your ears as well. All across the country, museums, theatres, cultural centres, hotels, libraries, conservatories and even kibbutzim are hosting classical and chamber concert series for the public ear. From Tel Aviv’s infamous Charles Bronfman Auditorium, home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, to more intimate settings like the quaint concert hall inside the Felicja Blumental Music Center and Music Library, these classical and chamber music venues invite the Mozart enthusiast right down to the curious tourist to enjoy. Dress to the nines, grab an early bird prix fixe dinner and a fancy cocktail, but save room for dessert: the sweet, sweet harmonies of classical Israeli culture, drizzled with Vivaldi and sprinkled with Strauss.
In character: Ivri Lider
Ivri Lider: musician & composer One of the biggest-selling contemporary musicians in Israeli music and a judge on the Israeli version of The X Factor, 42-year old Ivri Lider is a multi-tasking composer, singer and producer who has been rocking Israeli radio stations for almost two decades. His constant slew of innovative musical collaborations and evolving sound keep him at the top of the charts. © PR Who is your greatest musical inspiration? That’s a very hard question to answer. I’ve been playing and writing such different styles of music over these past years and in each one I had artists that were huge inspirations on me. From Bach to Keith Jarrett to Brian Eno. My latest inspiration is the super talented Ofer Meiri, who I wrote and produced my new album with. Crazy moment from The X Factor? A show like The X Factor is full of funny, exciting moments. Every time there is a special character (like Benny from season 2) and it’s always interesting and fun. Of course, when you come across a huge talent, it’s very exciting because this is what it’s all about. © Ronen Akerman What do you do when you’re not making music? Photography and sports. I am either taking or editing pictures or cycling, swimming or running because I do triathlons.Working alone vs. music collaborations... All my life I have been a solo artist and at its core it can be a lonely place. Having said that, it’s great when you find another artist you can connect with and feel com
Tel Aviv’s classiest wine bars
Not everyone is cut out for the crazy Tel Aviv nightlife scene. Or perhaps they were at one point – back in the day of the dinosaur – but years of thirsty Thursdays, cocktail hours and drinking one’s way down Dizengoff can get the best of you. Just like with wine, when it comes to people, ‘good things come with age’ too. And these good things include quieter, more romantic, evenings with a larger selection of fine Israeli wines that don’t come from a box. There’s no better way to unplug after a stressful workday than at one of Tel Aviv’s top wine bars, pairing some bubbly with Israeli chef-quality cuisine.
Nightlife & music news
Drunken Review: getting sloppy at Sputnik Bar
Noa Bonneh heads to Sputnik for a night of drinking, dancing and...s'mores? The Foggy Effect: We started the night at my dear friend Itai's house, who lives near Sputnik Bar. I brought a bottle of Campari, which we downed like beasts. It was time to leave, but I wasn't drunk enough, so I sought guidance from a bottle of old reliable: Tuby (my 'get real drunk real fast' go-to). Music: On Wednesdays, it’s all about the Hip Hop at Sputnik – from Beyonce and Drake to Schoolboy Q and Flying Lotus. What does this entail? Dancing, dancing, dancing. © PR Lying Around: As the drunk girl who likes to get fucked up while sitting on the closest thing I can find to a chair – and yelling 'woohoo!' every now and then to remind the world I'm alive – I was happy to discover a ton of tables and chairs near the dance floor. Also, in the smaller space called the 'Living Room', you can find sofas and couches – so if you're the drunken nap type, you're all set. Service: The service was one of the most tolerant I've ever witnessed. Then again, I was pretty content in my chair. Although we smashed three plates and five shot glasses, Itai spilled a beer all over my outfit and I had to ask for a new one (the beer, not the outfit), and we danced around the bar with a mannequin from the display, the staff gave us that empathetic smile and head nod, indicating they understood our drunk situation. Atmosphere: Young and Tel Avivian. The usual Sputnik crowd consi
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.
There are only so many weekends you can frequent the same local bars or leave from a night out at the club to find decorative napkins in your hair, up your sleeves, and in pockets you didn't even know you had. Why not opt for an alternative night out. Whether in Israel's party capital of Tel Aviv or down south in Be'er Sheva, the Karaoke phenomenon has hit the country from top to bottom. Embarrass yourself while singing Madonna in front of a crowd or book a private room with your friends and sing along to Disney tunes. You can even throw in some dance moves at these Karaoke bars and chains: Me on the Mic © Shutterstock Your moment has finally arrived. Get ready to become a star sensation at 'Me on the Mic'. Take a break from the Holy Land and escape to a new city for an evening of singing, eating and good old fashioned fun. This Karaoke bar offers private rooms themed after select cities around the world such as New York, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo and more. Select your songs using the iPad Air 2, then Belt Broadway show tunes like the 'Hamilton' soundtrack in Time Square or sing chansons d'amour on the Pont Alexandre. The perfect place for a birthday party, work event or Thursday night out. Branches in Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva, Haifa (http://www.meonthemic.co.il) Plugin © PR Every decor detail down to the electric guitars on the bathroom walls and the signs on the elevator welcoming you to 'get this party started' screams sing-along at
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
When it comes to the world of Electronic music, Shtuby is at the top of the list. Add influences from funk, jazz and groove to their electronic vibes and there's no telling where the hypnotizing beats will take you. Shtuby – along with his bandmates – keeps fans on their toes with his 'modular concerts' bringing together funky instruments like theremin, ewi, clarinet, synths, percussion, drums, flute, bass and spoken word poetry to top it off. The creative genius produces his music in real time, so every show is a new and exciting experience you won't want to miss.
The Goldstar Zappa Sound System festival
It's that time of year again – when Israel's leading musicians and bands bring the local masses to Tel Aviv's Hangar 11 for an amazing lineup of crowd-pleasing concerts. Aviv Gefen, one of Israel's biggest rock stars and a judge for the Israeli version of 'The Voice', will be kicking off this year's festival with a throwback concert dedicated to his second album, 'Cloudy Now'. And what better sponsor than Israel's top-selling local beer, Goldstar? So swing by the Port, grab a cold beer and enjoy the great music that Israel has to offer.
The 'Shaolin Warriors'
The most famous temple in China, the Shaolin Monastery, has reared some of the most well-trained, disciplined disciples inside its 1600-year-old walls. Nestled atop the mountain of Sung, the secluded space is the perfect training grounds for the Shaolin monks to practice their art. This January, come witness an amazing spectacle as the Shaolin Warriors travel to Neve Tzedek. Their strength almost supernatural, their flexibility unbelievable and their pain-endurance near to impossible, you'll have to see the ultimate Buddhist warriors with your own eyes, and still won't believe their abilities.
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 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 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 Port to after hours establishments just steps from Rothschild Boulevard, you’ll leave the clubs just in time for some hungover 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 Jerusalem, but it doesn’t tend to include nightlife. This, however, is quickly changing as the historic city – thanks to great hotels, hostels, the Jerusalem restaurants, designer fashion and a bustling tech scene – is attracting a new crop of urban savvy tourists and denizens who may not have left the confines of 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.
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 its thriving 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 in one of the Tel Aviv beaches, 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 to underground and 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.
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 top cocktail bars in the White City
Israel’s cultural capital is renowned for many things, but it only takes a weekend in the White City to recognize its two main local pastimes: beach and booze. As the sun starts to set, Tel Avivians migrate from the shores of the Mediterranean to the streets of Dizengoff, Rothschild, Hayarkon and Allenby for happy hour cocktails before a big night out on the town. 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.
The best bars in Tel Aviv for foodies
On the corner of busy Ben Yehuda, you’ll find this cozy Spanish bar, ideal for clearing your mind with excellent food and an atmosphere that flows with your mood. There’s plenty to choose from including smoky, flavorful, Spanish small plates, vegetables on the plancha, tortilla de patatas, roasted asparagus and the old favorite, patatas bravas (fried potatoes topped with aioli and homemade ketchup). On Saturdays, reserve your spot at the hugely popular “drunken brunch” where drinks flow and the lively vibe make this a favorite weekend hangout.
Located just across from the largest synagogue in Tel Aviv, you won’t find anyone praying here. With a massive vinyl collection, the hippest waitresses, and a food menu created under the supervision of iconic Israeli chef, Eyal Shani (of Miznon and Beit Romano), you’ll understand why Port Said has been successfully serving the young communities of Tel Aviv for years. Featuring innovative Israeli dishes, there is always a new menu addition to savor. While the wait may be long and the energy intense, no visit to Tel Aviv is complete without an evening at this iconic spot. So grab a Goldstar, some delectable food, and spend your night chilling under the stars with the locals at Port Said.
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.
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.’
Whether meeting someone for the very first time or desperate for a date night away from the kids, the Peacock is the perfect getaway. This neighborhood establishment offers a twist on the classic Tel Avivian pick-up bar. With reliable service, great beer and funky, upbeat music, it’s no wonder the Peacock is loved by the locals. Bypassing the sleazy feel of dimly lit dives, bar owner, Shimon Mahal, designed an aesthetic ally pleasing atmosphere with wooden high-top tables and chalkboard menus on the walls.
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.
For the ever-picky jazz enthusiast who just so happens to be a foodie as well, Birman fuses Middle Eastern bar food together with unusually delicious cocktails. Step into a world of connoisseurs and collaborations, ragtime, funk, soul and blues—an endless well of musical and nightlife gifts.
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!
What used to be Jerusalem’s arcade and games den, has now been transformed into a grungy-yet-cool biker-bar music venue. Blaze bar fires up their venue by hosting live bands on a nightly basis; talented musicians funnel in by the dozens for spontaneous jams and unforgettable collaborations.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.