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Nightlife under the Fichus tree at Barbasba
Nightlife under the Fichus tree at Barbasba | @Ilan Zagdon
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Israel's Awesome Bars In Places You Wouldn’t Expect

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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.

Sleek

Bar, British, none
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Sleek

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.

Hanasi 124, Haifa, Israel, +972 05-256-08884

Stop, look and you will find Sleek @maps.google.com

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The Tasting Room

Bar, Market, Wine Bar, Israeli, none
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Tasting Room, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Tasting Room, Tel Aviv-Yafo

The Tasting Room

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.

36 Eliezer Kaplan st., Tel Aviv, Israel +972-03-533 3213

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Over 40 types of wine on tap at the Tasting Room @ Tastingroom.co.il

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The Gatsby

Bar, Israeli, $$$
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Mixing a cocktail at the Gatsby
Mixing a cocktail at the Gatsby | @Yehudah Jacobs

The Gatsby

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.

Hillel st., Jerusalem, Israel +972-54-814-7143

Mixing a cocktail at the Gatsby @Yehudah Jacobs

Mixing a cocktail at the Gatsby @Yehudah Jacobs | @Yehudah Jacobs

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Al Hanahar

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.

Yardenit Compound, The entrance to Kibbutz Kinneret +972-53-9443619

Drinking riverside of the Jordan River @rest.co.il

Barbasaba

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Nightlife under the Fichus tree at Barbasba
Nightlife under the Fichus tree at Barbasba | @Ilan Zagdon

Barbasaba

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)!

Hatikva st., Be’er Sheva, Israel +972-50-721-0959

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Mon - Thu:
9:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun:
9:00 pm - 12:00 am