Tel Aviv Attractions
Tel Aviv is called “The city that never sleeps” by tourists and locals alike. It has a wide range of Pubs, Bars, Clubs and it is known worldwide for the Pub Scene. The entire city is crawling with nightlife attractions and you would actually have to work pretty hard to find yourself further than 500 meters away from a place to have a drink. People from the entire surrounding region come to Tel Aviv to have a drink or party. So, on weekends, traffic is hectic at late hours and finding parking can be difficult (sticking to cabs is not a bad idea). Any day of the week is a good time to party in Tel Aviv, not just the weekends.
- Famous Tourist Spots
New places are opening and closing every day and the “hottest spots” change every couple of months. An internet guide will be unable to direct you to the hippest place (though, some may try). Many places in Tel Aviv have minimum age requirements that vary from 18+ to 30+. Usually the limitation is different between males and females. While some spots may be flexible, others will be as strict as possible.
Israel has no unique drinking culture of its own. Any place with self-respect will have the entire worldwide selection of alcohol available, from Wine and Beer to Tequila, Arak, Vodka, Whiskey, and Cognac. One of the most popular drinks is the local Goldstar beer and the Annis based Arak. Even though the entire city is full of spots to hang out, there are a few places that have an unusual amount of pubs/clubs:
- Tel Aviv Seaport
Located on the beach just west of Yarkon Park, right between central and north Tel Aviv, is the old seaport. The entire place is full of clubs, pubs and restaurants right next to each other. Notable spots: TLV Club, UpTown, Erlich, Shalvata, Seabreeze, Whiskey-A-Gogo and more. This area is very busy on the weekends during the summer months and on warm days the rest of the year, as this area attracts people from all around the city and the wider Gush Dan area.
- Dizengoff & Ben Yehuda St.
The northern parts of Dizengoff and Ben Yehuda are full of chic bars that are full almost every day with a 22+ crowd. Sometimes it’s just hard to breathe there. Notable spots: Friends, Bergman, Rosa, Yermiyahu.
- The Boardwalk
The entire beach area, from the seaport in the north to Jaffa in the south, is full of cafes, restaurants and bars. Some are normal open bars while others actually spread to the beach with tables on the sand. This is the main “tourist” area of Tel Aviv’s nightlife scene.
- Allenby St.
Going from the Beach to the west, all the way to the south-east of Tel Aviv, Allenby is one of the longest streets in the city. The western area is full of mainly pubs and dance bars, not the hippest clubs but stable places that have been there for years and are occasionally full of tourists. Allenby Street may sometimes feel a bit dodgy but fear not. It’s cheap, but not recommended to eat.
- Lilinblum – Levontine – Nahlat Binyamin St.
There are a few streets around the east side of Allenby with many trendy pubs catering to an extremely sophisticated crowd. Any arrivals to this area will ensure a good drink. Notable spots: Shesek, Lima Lima, Atara, Betty Ford, Bordel, Flame, Academia, Abraxas, Minus One and more.
- Ha’Masger – Ha’Rakevet St.
Mainly a clubbing area for Tel Aviv’s younger crowd (18-19) with huge clubs and dance bars. Notable spots: Dome, Vox and more.
Mostly small neighborhood bars for a cool fun night out in a chic area in Tel Aviv. Most spots in Florentin appeal to the artsy and indie crowd. Florentin has a “rugged” appearance, especially at night, but it is totally safe. Notable spots: Hudna (Abarbanel street), Comfort 13, Haoman 17 and all the little places on Florentine St. and Vital St.
- King George -Tshernechovsky
In close proximity to Shenkin St., on the upper side of King George, you can find some alternative cafes and bars, like “Geatzel Shapira” on Almonit Lane and “Little Prince”, which is the center of the young poetry revival movement. That is connected to “Maayan” poetry magazine and other interesting poetry or art fanzines. On Tshernechovsky, not far from there, there are several cafes and cheap restaurants. Close to Dizengoff Center, you can find “Bacho” cafe, a nice place with a very artistic atmosphere, “Hakosem Falafel” and the “Yemen Falafel”, both recommended.
- Ibn Gvirol
A recently developed pubbing area with some of the coolest pubs in Tel Aviv. During the day it appeals to the many lawyers and businessmen working in the area. Notable spots: 2 clubs – Vila Sokolov and Landen, and the pubs-restaurants like Dorothy Gales, Brasserie and Liliroz.
- Ramat Ha’Chayal
Located in the north near the rich neighborhoods. This area has been developed to accommodate the vast high-tech industry around it, so one can expect somewhat commercialized and rather upscale spots. Notable spots: Leo Blooms, Molly’s, Frame, Sushi Samba.
A new clubbing area with pubs being opened in every corner. Notable spots: ZiziTripo, Hachatul Ve’Hakelev.
Famous Tourist Spots
- Mike’s Place (86 Herbert Samuel, next to the American Embassy).
An American style bar located right by the American Embassy featuring live music every night of the week. Also features outdoor seating (in the more pleasant weather), pool table and televised sporting events. Mostly Anglo 20 to 30-something crowd, very good bar with several kinds of beer on tap.
- Clara Mega Bar (near the David Intercontinental).
Very trendy open-air mega bar located on the south end of the Tel Aviv beach. This bar has a unique deck with wooden floors and a very long bar. There are various seating areas with a view of the sea as well as seating around the huge bar. During the summer this spot is usually full of French and Belgian Tourists.
- Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub (2 Mendele St.).
The first Irish pub in Tel Aviv. The pub has a great atmosphere and reasonable prices, and is quite busy on weekends. Also, it’s close to the hotels. Usually hosts many people from the UK and from the Republic of Ireland.
- The English Bar (Allenby St. near the beach).
A UK-based sports bar and if you happen to end up there during a Premiership game, you’re in for a native UK experience.
The Tel Aviv club scene is comparable, if not superior, to those in most European capitals. Top international DJ’s regularly perform in Tel Aviv, with clubs constantly vying to outdo each other with ever more extravagant parties. The biggest and newest club in the city, mimicking New York’s Roxy, is Haoman 17 (Florentin quarter). Other fantastic clubs are TLV, Dome(gay; Offer Nissim is the resident DJ), Vox, Powder and the “indie” Cafe Barzilay and Studio 46. Rock bars Barbie Club (on Kibutz Galuyot St.) or the Zappa Club (in the northeastern neighborhood of Ramat HaChayal) host concerts almost every night of the week. Gypsy is a billiards (pool) club, located on Kikar Atarim in the Atarim Plaza on Hayarkon St.
Cafe Barzilay (13 HaaRechev St., 03-6878090), which used to be part cafe and part club, has turned into a full fledged club. This spot hosts various non-mainstream parties throughout the week with music ranging from techno, drum and bass, hip hop or 80’s, for a sophisticated student crowd.
Salsa clubs include: Hazira Club (45 Itzhak Sadeh St., 03-5623456) On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, classes start at 9:15PM and party starts at 10:30PM, on Mondays about 50% line dancing, 30% ballroom dancing, 20% salsa. The Bailatino Club (29 Karlibach St., 03-6240186) Entry to the club is a little difficult to find. It’s on the back side of the building. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, classes start at 9:15PM and party starts at 10:30PM. There are no classes on Friday and the party starts at 12:30AM. Entry is 40 NIS in both places and each day has a different style of Salsa music. There are other dance clubs with Latin/Brazilian music once a week.
Coffee shops have been an inseparable part of the Tel Aviv cultural lifestyle ever since the city was founded, as cafes were always the favortie hangouts of the local bohemia. It is, therefore, no surprise that Tel Aviv boasts many cafes, which can be found everywhere in the city, offering aromatic Italian Espressos and Capuccino’s (called “Hafukh”, meaning upside-down, in Hebrew). Espresso-bar, Cafeneto, Cafe-Cafe and Arcaffe are some of the local chain cafes. Aroma’s the biggest among them. Feel free to spend hours in a coffee shop and no one will slap the check on your table or require you to order more stuff. Bohemian ‘Puah” (located in the Jaffa flea market), Cafe Noah, Chic ‘Le Central” (Rothschild Ave.), and ‘Tolaat Sfarim’ (Rabin Sq.) are recommended for their very distinctive and Israeli cafe-drinking experience.
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