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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

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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1. 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. 

Jasmino
Jasmino
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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. BuXa

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Oh if the walls could talk! BuXa is renowned for its ultra mod contemporary art lining its chic walls, and ultra cool contemporary beverage list filling the bellies of locals and tourists alike. This trendy vibe and hipster lair shouldn’t deter you from experiencing Israel’s up-and-coming underground DJs stretching their talents across the decks. 

Shishko
Shishko
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6. 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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Shpagat
Shpagat
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7. Shpagat

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Located on the bustling Nachalat Binyamin Street, Shpagat – Hebrew word for “splits” in gymnastics – is the unofficial queen of Tel Aviv’s vibrant gay nightlife scene. If you aren’t strictly gay, and bi-sexuality is your preference, Shpagat doesn’t discriminate. All shapes, sizes, and ages are welcome here. Enjoy its intimate seating surrounding the large performance stage-like steps and dance floor/schmoozing area, and stay for the groovy tunes, delicious drinks and guest DJs from around the world.

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8. Men Tenten Ramen Bar

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Ramen starred everywhere in 2016, but it seems like locals still can’t get enough. Men Tenten has an authentic vibe with Japanese cooks, a hidden door and a straight-to-the-point selection showcasing three types of ramen and three gyozas. This might just be the hottest place in the market right now!

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9. Sputnik Bar

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Nightlife lovers have no fear, Sputnik is here! With multiple rooms and a massive outdoor garden, there is a cozy spot for everyone to have a drink or get wild on the dance floor. Those looking for strong drinks, loud music, and a party till the sun comes up have found their home. 

Ma Pau
Ma Pau
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10. Ma Pau

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This Mumbai-inspired street food joint became intensely popular overnight, thanks to its Thali, a riotous meze platter of cooked sauces and lentils, which showcases a medley of sweet, salty, astringent, bitter, and spicy flavors. Featuring both Indian and Pakistani-inspired options, for the authentic experience, start off with some options from Ma Pau's 'chaat' menu. 

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