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July 2017 | Issue 121 | All Night Long

In this month's issue: What to do in Tel Aviv's wee hours + Jerusalem's alternative bar scene

This July, Time Out Israel is calling all night owls and party-goers, as we've got the ultimate guide on how to pull the perfect all-nighter; Want to stay up but don't feel like partying? Check out our list of how to enjoy a night under the stars; What else is on this month? If you thought Israel's beaches couldn't get any hotter, take a look at this summer's bathing suits before hitting the beach; Planning a first date, but don't know where to go? Find out where the best places in Tel Aviv are for that first kiss; The most promising new restaurants in Tel Aviv are waiting for you in a fancy new list; Plus, all the eateries open 24/7; Last but not least... want to stay cool this July? We've got 21 ways to survive the summer heat without AC!

Odds & Ends

Tel Aviv's Naughtiest Nibbles
Restaurants

Tel Aviv's Naughtiest Nibbles

The Tel Aviv nightlife scene is second to none, leaving you with only one option: to go all in. You’ll inevitably reach a point in the night when you become ravenous and, while you may not be too picky about what you stuff in your mouth in such an inebriated state, there’s such stellar drunk munch available that it would be a shame not to indulge. We wouldn’t abandon you in your most vulnerable state, so we have rounded up the best hangover cures for the morning after, too. 

The 20th world Maccabiah Games are here!

The 20th world Maccabiah Games are here!

Here’s everything you need to know about Israel’s Olympics   In just a few days Israel’s version of the Olympics – the Maccabiah – will kick-off undoubtedly wowing Israel and beyond. An estimated 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries (including 2,500 Israeli athletes) will be competing in more than 40 sports from July 4th through the 18th. This year the Maccabiah Games will have the added significance of coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the reunification of this year’s host city, Jerusalem.   © Itamar Grinberg Taking place every four years in Israel, the Maccabiah Games are the third-largest sporting event in the world and are spearheaded by the Maccabi World Union (MWU), the largest and longest-running Jewish sports organization spanning over five continents, more than 60 countries, 450 clubs, and 400,000 members. “MWU is a Zionist organization that utilizes sports as a means to bring Jewish people of all ages closer to Judaism and Israel in addition to various informal educational activities in a manner that surpasses politics and sectarianism,” explains a MWU representative. “The principal mission of the Maccabiah is to facilitate a worldwide gathering of young Jewish athletes in Israel, staging the highest possible levels of sports competitions, and strengthening their connection to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.” There are many Olympic gold medalists, world champions, and world record holders who have competed in the Maccabiah, including

Alfresco Afternoons
Things to do

Alfresco Afternoons

It only takes one summer weekend in Tel Aviv to understand that Saturday picnics are not just an outing, they’re a lifestyle. Save your boozy brunch money for a good ol’ fashion Yogi Bear style picnic in Park Hayarkon, (though the red and white checkered blanket may be slightly more elephant-printed from the Carmel Market). If you’re a fan of those nostalgic lunches that give a whole new meaning to the word 'sand'-wich, head to one of Tel Aviv’s beaches for an ocean-side bite. And when all that homemade food makes you sleepy, it’s time for a quick catnap before continuing the outdoor fun at one of the best outdoor patios or rooftop bars in Tel Aviv.

And...cut!
Movies

And...cut!

Since the first Jerusalem Film Festival took off on May 17, 1984, the international festival has spread its wings from a three-week, 100-film screening event to almost double the films, a handful of new genres, and a much larger following. Since its inception, while promoting international films, the festival has made sure to dedicate a central space to Israeli film as well, premiering local features, documentaries, and shorts. By reaching out in new ways like the open-air screenings at Sultan's Pool and through new genres like avant-garde, the much-anticipated summer event has become the most important cinematic gathering in Israel. For all you trivia-savvy, popcorn-butter-fingered, film junkies, here's a preview of what the 34th annual JFF has up their sleeves come July 13th.

Features

Ultimate All-Nighter
Nightlife

Ultimate All-Nighter

There are two ways to handle the city that never sleeps: become a hermit with a side of extreme FOMO, or hit the town hard...then harder...then eat, rinse, and repeat. YO(t)L(v)O - you only TLV once, and one all-nighter in the nonstop city is all you need to fall in love with the Tel Aviv nightlife scene and never want to leave. Time Out Israel knows how to party like it's nobody's business, so we promise you're in good hands with our hour-by-hour guide to the ultimate Tel Aviv all-nighter. After all, you can sleep when you're dead.

8 perfect places to spend the night under the stars
Blog

8 perfect places to spend the night under the stars

Israel is a beautiful place to explore during the day, but when the sun goes down and the moon and stars start to glitter, the landscapes take on a whole new level – offering a very different appreciation for the local “nightlife." Head to the great outdoors and soak up the peaceful quiet. Hut it up There’s no better way to take in the night’s sights and sounds than by sleeping in your own private hut in the middle of the Negev wilderness. Succah in the Desert is an ecological dwelling just west of the Mitzpe Ramon crater that combines the ruggedness of the desert with modern amenities. The eight cozy succot (huts) each enjoy their own unique sense of privacy so that nothing can get in the way of a night full of star gazing. Far away from the city lights of the center of the country, this environmentally friendly hideaway is nestled in the middle of nowhere - the perfect place to enjoy a clear night’s sky.  Off Route 40 (08-6586280/succah.co.il) Night safari tour The Negev desert can sometimes seem like a lifeless wilderness at daytime, but at night the barren landscape comes alive with a whole host of exotic animals. With the only light coming from the moon, this night safari tour is a great chance to meet some of the animals that only come out when darkness falls. From majestic owls and desert foxes to hedgehogs and bats, the desert is full of weird and wonderful creatures that thrive after sundown. It’s also the time when snakes, leopards and hyenas come out to play a

Style

Bathing Beauties
Shopping

Bathing Beauties

With miles upon miles of coastline, more sunny days than we can count and a summertime that lasts well past September, Israeli swimwear brands are primed and ready for the season with a host of vibrant and stylish cuts, colors and textures. So plot out your patch of sand at any of Tel Aviv's beaches, get your other vacay essentials at the ready, including those sunnies and mix and match these styles for months to come. Beach Season is here!

6 niche activewear brands in Israel to "sport the look"
Shopping

6 niche activewear brands in Israel to "sport the look"

For a fitness obsessed city, Tel Aviv still has relatively few activewear options, but that’s quickly changing. While there may not yet be a Lululemon or a Sweaty Betty store, staple brands like Nike, Reebok, and Adidas are seeing a sharp increase in competition, thanks both to Israeli fitness wear designers and Israeli shop/e-shop owners who now stock local brands alongside well-known international ones. 

Things to do

10 euphoric establishments to take a first date in Tel Aviv
Sex and dating

10 euphoric establishments to take a first date in Tel Aviv

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.   Describe your perfect date... via GIPHY

8 perfect places to spend the night under the stars
Blog

8 perfect places to spend the night under the stars

Israel is a beautiful place to explore during the day, but when the sun goes down and the moon and stars start to glitter, the landscapes take on a whole new level – offering a very different appreciation for the local “nightlife." Head to the great outdoors and soak up the peaceful quiet. Hut it up There’s no better way to take in the night’s sights and sounds than by sleeping in your own private hut in the middle of the Negev wilderness. Succah in the Desert is an ecological dwelling just west of the Mitzpe Ramon crater that combines the ruggedness of the desert with modern amenities. The eight cozy succot (huts) each enjoy their own unique sense of privacy so that nothing can get in the way of a night full of star gazing. Far away from the city lights of the center of the country, this environmentally friendly hideaway is nestled in the middle of nowhere - the perfect place to enjoy a clear night’s sky.  Off Route 40 (08-6586280/succah.co.il) Night safari tour The Negev desert can sometimes seem like a lifeless wilderness at daytime, but at night the barren landscape comes alive with a whole host of exotic animals. With the only light coming from the moon, this night safari tour is a great chance to meet some of the animals that only come out when darkness falls. From majestic owls and desert foxes to hedgehogs and bats, the desert is full of weird and wonderful creatures that thrive after sundown. It’s also the time when snakes, leopards and hyenas come out to play a

Arts & Culture

Night vision: four Israeli art collectives that double as nightlife hot spots
Art

Night vision: four Israeli art collectives that double as nightlife hot spots

Art collectives that double as nightlife hot spots are sprouting all over Tel Aviv and Jaffa. A funky fresh private studio space on the edge of the hip Florentin area, a mishmash of culinary and creative arts, and a modern guest house in Jaffa are just the start. Here’s a rundown of the spaces to know, where you can get your Israeli culture fix and drink on in one fell swoop. 

Ai Weiwei - Maybe, Maybe Not
Art

Ai Weiwei - Maybe, Maybe Not

One of the most influential and esteemed members of the international contemporary art scene is Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. His works combine everything from photography and video to sculpture and large-scale installations which cover entire floors of museums. After being imprisoned without trial in his native China, Weiwei's movements were restricted by governments because of his political activitism and the stances he took on freedom of speech and human rights. His works central around these themes.

'Moment of Silence': an interview with Amir Kolben, choreographer
Blog

'Moment of Silence': an interview with Amir Kolben, choreographer

  With the recent 'nudity scandal' fresh in the minds of Israel festival goers, we sat down with choreographer Amir Kolben of the Kolben Dance Company to discuss his new piece "Silence," which touches on nudity, as well as other pertinent political and personal issues.     What can you tell us about the "nudity scandal" surrounding this year's Israel festival?   The Israeli Culture Minister [Miri Regev] announced that she would not support nudity in productions, and would therefore reduce the funding that the ministry gives to the festival. It was her warning message to all of us Israeli choreographers, theater producers, and directors.   How did this issue come to the surface? And why now?   I honestly don’t even know how it happened. People make a huge effort to publicize these events, so when a person comes to these shows that contain nudity, they are not faced with anything unexpected. Why has it become an issue all of a sudden? That’s a different question because I don’t think it has anything to do with the practice of nudity on stage. Actually, it has everything to do with politics as a social issue. I do believe that people who don’t want to meet nudity on stage are allowed this right. We have to respect them by giving all the relevant information beforehand. This is our responsibility. It isn’t up to the minister to decided what content she supports and what she doesn’t. That’s another issue, it's a political issue that has to do with the general battle over

Elma Arts Complex to host Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood
Blog

Elma Arts Complex to host Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood

Imagine experiencing your body floating in the air without ever having jumped off the ground. That’s what it feels like watching JUNUN perform live. The album features Israeli musician Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood - Radiohead’s lead guitarist and keyboardist, and 19 Indian musicians called The Rajasthan Express. Throughout the performance, Ben Tzur delivers impeccably gentle Hebrew, making sure he translates it into English without a breath, the ease and fluidity of languages unbroken and humble. On numerous occasions he stood tall at the center of the stage, Greenwood respectfully standing at the back in order to let the musicians of the Rajasthan Express shine. “You are blessed on the grace and the hardships, on the longing and the sacrifices, and on everything that will bring me closer to you,” Tzur smiles. “Modeh ani modeh, I am grateful to you.”    Watching JUNUN feels like being welcomed into some grand ceremony, and so this summer the Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel will host a variety of JUNUN’s magic in ode of the album recorded in Mehrangarah Fort in Jodhpur city: a photo exhibition of JUNUN featuring photographs by Sharon Katan on display for the first time in Israel, a screening of the documentary by Paul Thomas Andrerson which followed the compilation of the album, followed by a full performance with the participation of Shye Ben Zur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express.    With a debut back in 2015 at the New York Film Festival, the documentary Junu

Nightlife

6 Jerusalem bars that are off the beaten path
Bars

6 Jerusalem bars that are off the beaten path

While a summer night wandering through Jerusalem’s downtown triangle searching for your next place to challenge your liver may seem like an easy ride, the real challenge with Jerusalem is actually finding a bar with a little more character than all the rest. Something with a little more “oh my,” “well I wasn’t expecting that,” and “wow” factor than the usual pubs that Yafo Street, Ben Yehuda and the market and surrounding area have to offer. Lucky for you though, we haven’t found just one, we’ve found six. And so here they are: the best pubs and bars off Jerusalem’s beaten track.

Brace Yourselves
Bars

Brace Yourselves

What do you mean you haven’t heard of a bracelet bar before? The unlimited drinking establishments are all of the rage right now and a key player in the Tel Aviv nightlife scene. The concept is simple: buy a bracelet, put on that bracelet, drink, drink, drink some more until the White City bar closes down. In central Tel Aviv nightlife locations like Dizengoff, Rothschild and one just steps from the best beaches in Tel Aviv, the combination of bottomless booze, themed decorations and hats to match (like Tangier’s fez or Biggy Z’s sombrero) is unbeatable. Sometimes quantity trumps quality. Just don’t forget to avoid alcohol poisoning after all those tequila chasers and Israeli wine by grabbing a slice at one of the drunk munch restaurants in Tel Aviv on your walk home. It may not cure the hangover, but it’ll get you through to tomorrow for a boozy hangover brunch. Try the fantastic four of bracelet bars in the White City:

And then some...

Don't stop, Won't stop
Nightlife

Don't stop, Won't stop

It started with happy hour at 18:00….then a predrink at 21:00...followed by some tasteful cocktail bar in Tel Aviv around 23:00...then alternating live music and clubbing by midnight. It’s 3:00 a.m. and your adrenaline is still pumping. It’s time to refuel with drunchies around Rothschild Boulevard and Allenby Street, then head over to Tel Aviv nightlife’s best after hour clubs. We expect all-night partying into the wee hours of the morning. Don’t let us down!

Shaken and stirred
Bars

Shaken and stirred

Ariel Leizgold, Israel’s nationally-acclaimed bartender has been at the forefront of the Tel Aviv nightlife bar scene since before opening his own bar, 223, in 2008. As the winner of Time Out Tel Aviv’s 2016 awards in the 'Best Bartender' category and the winner of 'The World Class Bartender of the Year' for Israel in 2015, Ariel is known for bringing unfettered creativity, eccentric details and innovative mixology skills to all of his creative endeavors, including the bars 223 and Bellboy. We've got pics of his newest seasonal cocktail concoctions for you, but we don't really think you're going to make it to the last one... 

8 new & promising Tel Aviv restaurant openings
Restaurants

8 new & promising Tel Aviv restaurant openings

Industry veterans and newcomers alike are bringing new flavors, concepts, and dining experiences to the White City - filling Tel Aviv with even more color and excitement. Imagine endless possibilities, from a vegan's dream dining experience to a Japanese Eden. Now turn those dreams into realities with these latest eateries to open up shop.

Nine awesome 24/7 Tel Aviv restaurants and cafés for the local insomniacs
Restaurants

Nine awesome 24/7 Tel Aviv restaurants and cafés for the local insomniacs

After all, we are the city that never sleeps...might as well hold true to our name with a city of nonstop eats. Whether it’s the afternoon and you’re craving a coffee and pastry, 3 a.m. and you’re feeling the dreadful drunchies, or 10:30 in the morning and you dreamt all night of Benedict's blueberry pancakes drenched in ‘faple’ syrup, the Tel Aviv restaurant scene has something for you. Hit up any one of these nine 24/7 hot spots any time of day (or night) for consistent service, quality eats, and happy living. Bon Appetit!

A roundup of gay-friendly chill spots across Israel to decompress post-Pride
Blog

A roundup of gay-friendly chill spots across Israel to decompress post-Pride

We all love TLV Pride Week – but once the wild parties are over, the body, soul and mind all need a bit of rejuvenation. Check out these gay-friendly chill spots across Israel to decompress    Be transported to Arabian nights - Ghattas Turkish Bath in Akko Whoever’s seen Italian-Turkish director, Ferzan Özpetek’s movie, Steam – The Turkish Bath knows the hammam well: an ancient bath house that combines a heady mix of humidity and heat - waking up all your senses. Not many of them have survived throughout the centuries, especially not in Israel, but the censored chapters of the Arabian Nights are still not completely gone. This traditional hammam in Acre offers an ultimate experience of relaxation and sensuality, without being tacky. Note: this is not a gay sauna, and you won’t find anyone to hook up with – but you can book a soap foam massage treatment and get spanked by hot water (yup, that’s a thing in hammams), and even rent out the whole place for your own party for two, or more.ghattasbath.com © Erik Sahlin   Get deep in the woods - Carmel Forest Spa in Haifa and Eilat Don’t decide if you are going north or south - just decide you’ll go all exclusive. Before the spa-la-la culture became a thing in Israel, this wellness center surrounded by the green forests of the Carmel hills was already accepting guests from all over the world. This island of chill is one of the very first spas of the Middle East, and now they operate several luxurious facilities across Isr

Stay Cool! 17 ways to survive the summer heat without AC
Blog

Stay Cool! 17 ways to survive the summer heat without AC

It's Israel. It's summer. It's hot. You're bothered. Sometimes you have to get a little creative when the heat feels unbearable and your Air-Con is broken. We all know it takes the handyman at least a week (if not two) in Israel to tend to these matters so in the meantime, here are a few tips on how to make it through July alive without an AC unit.   1. Go on a strict popsicle-only diet. 2. Linger by the AM:PM freezer section where all the 'cool kids' hang. 3. Casually slow your pace down when passing those automatic sliding doors that shove their shops' overly air conditioned atmosphere in your face.   4. Fall in love (or at least have a string of one-night stands) with someone who has an air conditioned apartment...on the down side, despite AC, you run the risk of your bodies sticking together in hot weather. 5. Buy a fan attachment for your child's stroller, wait for them to fall asleep, then turn it so that the air blows in your direction.   6. Stick your PJs in the freezer ten minutes or so before bed. It sounds crazy, but it works. 7. Forget about sticking it to the dood. Take cold power showers to get your cold blood pumping. 8. Study ice cream parlor rush hours and distinguish the best times to beat the Tamara traffic. 9. Become a night owl. Everything's cooler when the sun's not around. 10. Lie spread eagle on your cold ceramic floor. A 1:1 skin-to-cold-tile ratio i

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