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.
Bars in Tel Aviv with a view
From fresh fish to kosher Asian cuisine, Chef Meir Adoni has tackled the culinary world as he brings the Far East to the near “White City.” Offerings include: tartar of tuna in soy and honey, sea fish sashimi with green melon, Asian aioli, green tea and lime yogurt and macha powder, grouper capriccio with kohlrabi ravioli and mango, apricot, ginger and lemon grass alongside Indian focaccia on an open grill and more.
Opening in November 2016, the Poli House Hotel panoramic rooftop will boast a full-service cocktail bar targetting guests and locals who fancy a pre-outing cocktail or chic evening of bottle service with friends. Expect a wide-range of drinks served by expert mixologists, a full liquor collection and an impressive local and international beer list.
While walking down Rothschild, don’t miss this hidden bar. Step inside and up the stairs for a rooftop party and fresh beats overlooking the city. This stylish, funky spot uncovers a romantically hip view, and the food offers creative bites on sticks like the Speakeasy Caesar salad and other unexpected skewer bites. The cocktail list is imaginative, fun and surprising with booze-spiked popsicles.
Looking for the hot new place to see and be seen? Atop Gan Hair Mall, Kanta is more than just a beautiful hotspot. Renowned chef Yaron Malka developed a menu full of inventive dishes like, “eggplant on fire” foccacia, and halva toblerone. You’ll want to close the night looking out over the city while sipping a cocktail like the "Lion in Zion" — a beguiling mixture of Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh basil and sour lime. Better yet, they enclose the rooftop space in the winter so you can sip and dine through the colder months.
At the Lighthouse Hotel locals will recall the lighthouse building (the Migdalor company tower), returning relevancy to the 1970s veteran structure. The hotel is a kind of display window for Tel Aviv, on the one hand, a vibrant city that attracts fun-lovers from all over the world, and on the other hand, a developing business center. But the wrap-around, stunning panoramic views from the rooftop’s 18th floor, which houses the Haiku Sky Bar, is a total pleasure. Expect a rowdy night out with visitors and locals alike, enjoying drinks and all-star Japanese dishes from the yakitori restaurant helmed by Aria’s chef, Guy Gamzo.
Mismatched sofas lie beneath vintage-inspired book lined walls in this hipster chic bar and café. Lounge inside and sway to the beats of The Prince’s resident DJ on the decks or sashay onto its spacious rooftop fully equipped with outdoor seating to make this a perfect location on scorching hot Tel Aviv days. The Prince occasionally hosts live shows, from comedy to drama.
This restaurant in the Norman Hotel is part of the world-renowned Dinings restaurant (London) serving up a fusion of Japanese Izakaya-style small plates and European cuisine. Set on a stunning terrace, take in a panoramic view of Tel Aviv, as well as a view of the chef’s workings, with an incredible menu of sushi, bento boxes and nibbles that are wildly creative.
Formerly known as The Gag, you know your night is off to a good start when you can only enter a bar with an elevator. The glass-enclosed interior reminiscent of a New York City rooftop bar, has stylish furniture, and a mix of tasty cocktails and delicious snacks. Not only does the bar impress, but its giant olive tree mounted in the middle of the bar makes one feel as if in a fairytale the minute the sun goes down. Suramare is an urban-meets-nature treasure in the heart of a lively city.