10 spots to take a first date in Tel Aviv

Don’t let the first date jitters scare you off, prepare for your perfect date at these ideal places

Par Derriere
By Time Out Israel Writers |
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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.

The perfect spots in Tel Aviv to take a first date

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Imperial Craft Coctail Bar
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv City Center

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.’

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Dalida
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Restaurants

Dalida

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Hip and happening in the funky Florentin neighborhood, Dalida is a trendy place to see—and be seen. It offers a creative take on local fare with an eclectic menu that features an abundance of salads, colorful mezze and fresh seafood.

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Par Derriere Bistro
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Restaurants, Bistros

Par Derriere Bistro

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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.

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Bicicletta
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Restaurants, Gastropubs

Bicicletta

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Bicicleta is not a bike shop, but indeed a hidden gem of the area. Their star-quality eggplant fries, funky cocktails, all topped with an adorable backyard garden atmosphere, make for a perfect night out with the girls or that special someone. If you’re feeling the indoor vibes, the quaint upstairs bar area often plays lovely jazz music to relax to after a long day at work. Save room for dessert, because after their amazing happy hour deals, you’ll want to try their halva Toblerone or date cake.  

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Cichetti
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Restaurants, Italian

Cicchetti

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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.

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Brut
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Restaurants, Israeli

Brut

icon-location-pin White City

With an ever-changing menu, numerous specials and unique dishes, Brut is guaranteed to provide satisfying sustenance. The wine bar is run by professionals, so there is no need to hesitate to ask  any questions or seek tips and advice if you are not a wine expert. The environment is calm and charming while also feeling sophisticated and sexy, creating the perfect setting for a romantic night out or a casual evening with friends after work. The food menu is simple and tasty, offering warm pastas and crisp salads. When it comes to wining and dining, Brut is a no-brainer.

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Bars

K Bar

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After the traumatic closing of Tel Aviv’s iconic music bar, Shesek, there was a hole in the White City’s revolutionary music scene. Well, not anymore. The bar’s former owner created a new little brother that fits just about 20 party goers. The large florescent “K” that marks K Bar pays homage to the once thriving Shesek. 

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October
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Bars, Lounges

October

icon-location-pin White City

As a former art gallery, the October bar maintained the artist mentality, creating timeless masterpieces—only this time they are presented in the form of food. Though presented as a bar, the venue’s three owners (all born in October) sought to include delicious food on their menu. With tasty nibbles like leek fritters smothered in yogurt sauce, you can’t go wrong. And the locals love it! Don’t let the name fool you either.

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Peacock
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Bars, Beer bars

Peacock

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Whether meeting someone for the very first time or desperate for a date night away from the kids, the Peacock is the perfect getaway. This neighborhood establishment offers a twist on the classic Tel Avivian pick-up bar. With reliable service, great beer and funky, upbeat music, it’s no wonder the Peacock is loved by the locals. Bar owner, Shimon Meshel, pays a great deal of attention to every detail in the food menu which offers perfect hamburgers and fresh sea food alongside dishes from the Georgian kitchen. Specials are written on the chalkboard menus on the walls, and our suggestion is to taste as many of them as you can. 

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Silon
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Silon

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv City Center

Located on the bustling King George Street is Silon, an old neighborhood bar that has kept its unique character for the past 13 years. Although it’s considered an all time neighborhood bar, Silon still allows for a wild night out. The outdoor seating is great for people watching and talking, but inside you will need to work on your shouting skills, but the music is worth it. Silon serves delicious cocktails, including a Bloody Mary with a gin base rather than vodka that is definitely worth checking out, as well as certain beers otherwise hard to find in Israel. Silon has a happy hour offering 50% off the alcohol menu, which unlike other bars is available every day of the week and on weekends too.

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