Israel's Awesome Bars In Places You Wouldn’t Expect

Nightlife under the Fichus tree at Barbasba
Nightlife under the Fichus tree at Barbasba | @Ilan Zagdon
Yehudah Jacobs

In Israel there are so many alleyways, especially in big cities, that it can be tricky to find some of the city’s coolest bars. If you are looking for venues that offer something a little bit different, read our guide to some of Israel’s coolest bars located in places you’d never expect.

1. Sleek

Bar, British

Sleek is a modern bar hidden in the old part of Haifa. It’s named after the underground slicks, where the Israeli army hid weapons during the time of the British mandate in Israel. When you walk down a street in the old part of Haifa and are surrounded by supermarkets, pharmacies and falafel stands, there is a lone sign that says Sleek. This spot is a high end bar that offers tons of cocktails, 14 types of beer on tap, and a full food menu.
Stop, look and you will find Sleek

2. The Tasting Room

Bar, Market, Wine Bar, Restaurant, Israeli

Tasting Room, Tel Aviv-Yafo
In the heart of the new Sarona complex (in an ancient building that was once a home to the ancient Templars) lies the Tasting Room. This is a state of the art wine bar that offers over 40 types of wines from Israel and abroad. You can purchase a smart card at the entrance and walk around the room tasting as much as you can afford. While you are tasting some of the best wines around, you can also take a look at their creative menu that accompanies every type of wine perfectly.

3. The Gatsby

Bar, Israeli

The Gatsby is one of Jerusalem’s top nightlife spots. To enter, you need to go through a hidden sliding wall! Once you do, you’ll find an amazing 1940s-1950s vibe, with the bartenders dressed the part. The Gatsby has a hidden cigar room in the back and serves some of Jerusalem’s best cocktails. Reservations are usually needed.

4. Al Hanahar

Cocktail Bar, Israeli

Drinking riverside of the Jordan River
Al hanahar is located on the shores of the Jordan River, overlooking nature and serving up great alcohol. It’s open seven days a week, they make sure the party never stops and that everyone can come and have an unforgettable time.

5. Barbasaba

Bar, Pub Grub

Nightlife under the Fichus tree at Barbasba
@Ilan Zagdon
Barbasaba is a rundown house in the middle of the city of Be’er Sheva, which has been transformed into an ecological beer garden. All of the products come from recycled materials and all the herbs and spices are grown within the garden with no preservatives. It is an open bar with the only shelter being the shade of a beautiful Ficus tree (don’t worry, it rarely rains in Be’er Sheva)!

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