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.
A Tel Aviv nightlife round-up
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lightweights beware. This central Tel Aviv strip may look pretty during the daytime hours, with plenty of shopping spree temptations like antique markets, malls and designer jewelry and clothing boutiques, but come sundown, Dizengoff Street transforms into a bustling bar scene. From happy hour deals that will sooth your post-work woes, to Tel Aviv’s most award-winning cocktail bartenders, to underground grungy music venues serving up Goldstar beer and...well...Goldstar beer, Dizengoff is a key contributor to Tel Aviv’s rep as ‘the city that never sleeps’. With so many bars enticing you with outdoor seatings, crowded tables and crafty cocktails lining every block of the Tel Aviv nightlife scene, how do you choose which? Choose them all with our drinker’s guide to Dizengoff. Bar hop ’til you drop.
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.
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.
After all, we are the city that never sleeps...might as well hold true to our name with a city of nonstop eats. Whether it’s the afternoon and you’re craving a coffee and pastry, 3 a.m. and you’re feeling the dreadful drunchies, or 10:30 in the morning and you dreamt all night of Benedict's blueberry pancakes drenched in ‘faple’ syrup, the Tel Aviv restaurant scene has something for you. Hit up any one of these nine 24/7 hot spots any time of day (or night) for consistent service, quality eats, and happy living. Bon Appetit!
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!
The tests are complete, the results have returned and unfortunately, your condition is quite serious. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news – especially after such an exhausting night of drinking down Dizengoff, barhopping along Allenby, and getting thrown out of that club on Rothschild – but, it seems you are suffering from a bad case of the ‘drunchies’. Yes, we know, it’s dreadful. You’re tired, you say? Don’t sleep now. That hangover that creeps up before a boozy morning of Israeli breakfast at one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv will only be worse if you don’t eat something now. It’s four a.m. and you’re hangry. Our prescription: a heavy dose of greasy pizza, hot hamburgers and anything you can fit in a pita pocket before crashing in bed or on a bench outside Rothschild Allenby Market…depending how far you can make it (we won’t judge). These ‘drunk munch’ Tel Aviv restaurants have been taste-tested by your very own Time Out team who guarantee that they’re foolproof. Enjoy!