From all-night dance parties to underground art bars, Tel Aviv is redefining what it means to be the city that never sleeps.
Tel Aviv is a tale of two cities. A bustling metropolis consisting of hard at work Tel Avivians by day, but at night the city comes alive, fully embracing the old “work hard, play harder” mentality. While there’s probably no better time to experience Tel Aviv nightlife in all of its bacchanalian glory than the late winter-early Springtime festival Purim—the Israeli equivalent of Mardi Gras meets Halloween—one thing you can be certain of is that on any given night here, anything is possible.
“Ten or even 12 years ago there weren’t a lot of options when it came to going out,” Nadav Neeman, nightlife coordinator and co-owner of bar/nightclub Kuli Alma said. “Now there is so much more. The city is evolving and in terms of nightlife, there’s big venues for parties, there’s small cocktail bars, beer bars and you don’t need to wait until the weekend, there’s something for everybody and you can go out every day until 4 or 5 a.m. even on a Monday.”
With so many options to choose from, from underground gallery bars and clandestine speakeasies to one of the world’s most acclaimed all-night DJ dance parties, these are the best places to let your hair down on your next trip to the White City.
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Equal parts underground art gallery, nightclub and dance party, Kuli Alma is one of Tel Aviv’s trendiest spots to see and be seen right now. The name Kuli Alma, which means “the whole world” in Aramaic, is just that—a multi-level oasis of Tel Avivians and tourists all mixing it up to deep cuts and B-sides while sipping strong cocktails and schmoozing in a tiki-like utopian environment.
In a city with seemingly endless bar options to choose from, Bellboy is easily one of the classics. Opened in 2014 in the lobby of the boutique Hotel Berdichevsky, Bellboy’s dimly lit 1920s vibe makes it the perfect place to post up for what is sure to be some of the most creative and delicious libations in town. If you’re looking for something even more on the hush, BUTLER is a charming Victorian style speakeasy inside a speakeasy. With only 12-seats at the bar, reservations are required.
Located on the ground floor of a nondescript building on bustling Rothschild Boulevard, JimmyWho opened last year and is one of the city’s most formidable nightclubs. With retro touches and a cavernous atmosphere, it’s easy to feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. But dancing in the dark is more fun anyway and that’s really the name of the game at JimmyWho.
Not far from Rothschild Boulevard and tucked away along Nahalat Binyamin Street, Bicicletta is like the Israeli equivalent of Cheers, but with a killer outdoor patio. A popular spot amongst locals, its thriving restaurant is a great place to grab a bite before heading to the upstairs bar for a full-blown DJ dance party on the weekends. Don’t miss this gin gimlets here, they’re some of the best in town.
On any given night and at any given hour in Tel Aviv, the one thing you can count on is that Herzl16 will be packed. Occupying the space that was formerly known as Rothschild 12, this late-night resto-bar and lounge opened earlier this year and is already one of the city’s most heralded hangouts. It has quite a history too. It’s located in a historic building and prominently featured is the city’s very first elevator—a cool feature that’s hard to miss—Herzl is a great place to meet up and mingle amongst Tel Aviv’s most fashionable and in-the-know crowd.
One of the city’s original mixology bars, 223, first established itself as a stronghold on the city’s nightlife scene in 2008. The sister bar of BellBoy, the cocktail menu here is comprised of two parts. One covers timeless classics like your Old Fashioneds and French 75s and the other offers a collection of original creations that changes regularly. At the helm here is lead mixologist Ariel Leizgold, one of the country’s most notable mixologists and bartenders.
The Library Bar
Set inside Tel Aviv’s stylish The Norman Hotel, The Library Bar is a great place to find a sophisticated crowd and an excellent selection of cocktails. Don’t miss out on The Library’s signature cocktails, including the Gringo Punch which comes loaded with tequila, mango puree and homemade pineapple syrup.
Shpagat is everything that’s wonderful about Tel Aviv nightlife. By day it’s a chill place to post up with a drink and hold court with one of the many friendly bartenders. By night, it’s one of the most raucous dance parties and gay clubs in town. You can’t miss it, on a good night the party spills into the street and goes well into the early hours of the morning.
Located on a sleepy tree-lined street in the heart of Tel Aviv, Hotel Montefiore is the most charming 1920s inspired boutique hotel in town. Drawing a steady mix of locals, it can be tough to find a spot at the downstairs bar, a testament to its growing popularity. The drinks and the convivial atmosphere of the place make it well worth the wait. And, if you have a chance, don’t miss the daily happy hour which includes champagne, wine and beer. You’ll never want to leave.
What started as a traveling radio show that wandered from bar to bar, Teder has become one the city’s most beloved all night party-spots. Today, TEDER Radio continues to broadcast via its website Teder.fm, though they’ve traded in their nomadic ways and are now permanently located at the historic Romano House. With a rotating roster of resident DJs, film screenings, cultural events and freshly baked pizza courtesy of one of Israel’s most renowned chefs, Eyal Shani, there’s a little something for everyone at TEDER.
If you’re looking for a no-frills spot then Minzar Bar is your jam. Minzar Bar caters to a young, eclectic crowd who’re looking to kick back for an hour or three with some reasonably priced beer and cocktails. And since it’s open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, it’s always a good time to visit Minzar.
Located directly across from Tel Aviv’s famous Carmel Market, Beer Bazaar features over 100 local Israeli beers and is easily the city’s best spot for craft beer lovers and aficionados looking for a cozy place to post up with a few cold ones. Definitely worth checking out are the variety of beer flights on offer some of which are brewed in-house.
Imperial Cocktail Bar
Just two blocks from the beach and tucked away inside the unassuming Imperial Hotel lies Imperial—a speakeasy-inspired craft cocktail lounge that is reminiscent of a bygone era. If you’re feeling bold, try the Scottish Girl From Ipanema which includes a mix of single malt whisky, coconut cream, passion fruit, almonds, lime, and bitters or the Sabra Cadabra, which is Imperial’s creative take on a pisco sour.
Set in Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station, The Block is internationally renowned for hosting some of the best EDM dance parties and resident DJs. Said to be inspired by the golden age of the New York City club scene a la the 1970s and 1980s, everyone from Tiga to Diplo has graced this underground party spot over the years.