Searching for romance in the White City can feel as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie. However, when you find that special someone – whether through an impulsive (possibly accidental) right swipe or running shirtless along the beaches of Tel Aviv – it’s important to make a lasting first impression. Time Out tried out all the Tel Aviv restaurants, wine bars, (and eligible bachelor/ettes) in search of the best places to take that new potential suitor. Quiet ambiance: check, mood lighting: check, liquid confidence: check.
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The perfect spots in Tel Aviv to take a first date
Par Derriere is a romantic wine bar, divided into intimate spaces, each with a unique atmosphere. In the front section, designed to look like a European café and delicatessen, visitors can purchase products for take home. Inside, an intimate wine bar that sits adjacent to an open area, where smoking is allowed. The left hosts Kibbutz dining-hall style tables and chairs and further back sits a room for private events. The highlight is a magically designed garden out back, perfect for date night. The drink menu contains a large selection of fine wines, imported drinks and artistic cocktails. Dine on tapas or a finely crafted salad, a specialty Italian dish or one of the other fine menu items, such as roast beef carpaccio, chicken liver pate or a cheese platter. Finish off with a delectable dark chocolate mousse, crême brulée or Nutella pancake with banana and nuts.
Step into this romantic and elegant space, where cocktails are crafted with the utmost of care. Every cocktail at Botanika is served at an exact -19 degrees Celsius and individually paired with a dish, making it more than a restaurant, but rather an experience. Their one-of-a-kind ice craftsmanship (each drink is served with a giant ice block that is cut in front of your very eyes) sets them apart from other bars in the Middle East. Botanika also offers a variety of dishes that emphasize local products, plus a large selection of Israeli wines and micro-brews. Whether you fancy a cocktail with girlfriends, a wine-infused first date or some local beer with the boys, Botanika is the place for you.
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.’
A few blocks away from busy Rothschild Boulevard, you will find this hidden gem of Italian small plates or snacks known as “Cichetti.” Owner Avi Kashi opened Cichetti because he wanted a place where people could come in and casually taste a selection of delicious bites. That’s exactly what you should do.