The best bars and restaurants surrounding Tel Aviv’s Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue, great food, great drinks, great fun. You won't see a whole lot of praying around this Holy site
Great Synagogue in Allenby Street, Tel Aviv © Shutterstock
By Time Out Israel Writers |
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Only in Tel Aviv – the cultural capital of Israel – could the grandest synagogue in town also be the most happening area to grab a drink or a quick bite. With funky chef restaurants like Port Said owned by Tel Aviv street food icon Eyal Shani, the tastiest Thai food in the city, and the juiciest burger in Tel Aviv just nextdoor on Allenby, the Great Synagogue is the focal point for a foolproof evening out. Not to mention, the area is home to a stellar Tel Aviv nightlife scene, spinning cool beats that draw the hipsters over from their Florentin cave. So come one, come all, come early because these popular bars and restaurants around the Great Synagogue fill up fast.

Wining and dining around the Great Synagogue

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Restaurants, Israeli

Port Said

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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. 

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Otsar
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Bars, Dive bars

Otsar

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Otsar is a bar and casual nightclub, boasting quality cocktails and a fine dance floor for strutting your stuff. Check out their social media pages in order to see upcoming parties and musical acts. Catering to a more hipster crowd than the typical nightclub in Tel Aviv, Otsar is great for those who try to keep it casual, but still like to dance. They offer live music, welcome dogs and have a happy hour, with a welcoming atmosphere.

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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Santa Katarina

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Effortlessly fashionable, this restaurant and bar serves up ethnic cooking with the best local ingredients and a meticulous attention to detail. Eclectic spices, fresh breads from the Tabun (clay oven) and modern takes on Mediterranean comfort food, make it one of the top prize winning restaurants in the city.  

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Restaurants, Thai

Thai at Har Sinai

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This trendy spot is ideal for anyone looking for a fun night out that won’t break the bank. The atmosphere really makes this place unique. Surprisingly, it has a very Copacabana feel, with a funk/soul DJ playing one great tune after another. 

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Rokoko
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Bars, Beer bars

Rokoko

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A cute underground hipster bar – with even cuter waitresses – Rokoko has great DJ-spun music and a friendly crowd. While some bars have a rotating tap, Rokoko takes it one step further with a rotating DJ. The bar is known for featuring a different mixmaster each night, sometimes even its own multitalented staff members. Located on Allenby Street, it is in close proximity to the Great Synagogue and a plethora of popular restaurants and shops.

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Jasmino
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Restaurants, Street food

Jasmino

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As all the restaurants and eateries in the city are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, polished, and sealed with a neat bow, an authentic initiative feels like a breath of fresh air. Such is Jasmino, the new snack bar opening next week under the guidance of restaurateur Shaul Tevet. 

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Shishko
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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Shishko

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Shishko is an intimate space with pictures lining the walls and dark wooden furniture, all amplified by cool music. Come to Shishko for the charming decor and stay to savor a variety of Bulgarian dishes such as their Bulgarian stew, a combination of meat and vegetables served up in a ceramic jar, stuffed peppers, moussaka, kebabs and more. 

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Tailor Made

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If it wasn't for the piano and sewing machine in the window, you might pass right by Tailor Made. Hidden behind a small passageway, this romantic spot, which doubles as a restaurant and cocktail bar, is an oasis from the busy Allenby street, and Tel Aviv at large. Complete with an outdoor courtyard decorated with twinkly lights, and several indoor spaces, stop by Tailor Made for an upscale cocktail, vibrant meal, or even book the space for a special event. 

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Restaurants, American

America Burger

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Known to many as the best burger in Tel Aviv, this burger joint is flipping some of Tel Aviv’s best patties from afternoon to midnight. With it’s central and well-designed storefront, America Burgers is not only a place to satisfy your hunger, but also a place to relax and enjoy a meal in a visually appealing setting. With top notch American quality, the restaurant reasonably priced, making it a good grab for many Tel Avivians with a yearning for the U.S.

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