Tucked into the wall, and often spilling into the street, Shaffa on Rabbi Nahman is right in the heart of the Shuk’s beating heart. Café by day and locals’ favorite watering hole by night, this spot’s reputation has only grown over the years. The crowd changes day-to-day, but the atmosphere is always energetic and it isn’t uncommon to make new friends at the bar. Here, you can enjoy house cocktails and beers, but the real star of the show is the friendly staff inside.
Shaffa Bar, Rabbi Nahman 1, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3 681 1205
One of the few dance bars worth paying the occasional (albeit small) cover charge, Anna Loulou is one of the most fascinating spots in Tel Aviv. Self described as ‘the other side of the flea market,’ Anna Loulou hosts some of the most intriguing events in the city. From Arab queer parties to hip hop nights, this bar is a tribute to the multi-cultured tapestry and different identities of the region. At the bar, find Palestinian beers, and in the back, find tables surrounded by the area’s diverse community (when they’re not too busy dancing).
Anna Loulou, HaPninim 1, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3 716 8221
This gallery-bar-restaurant-music venue is as ambitious as it sounds, showcasing different art monthly, crafting delicious menus, and hosting some of the best Israeli acts, from indie artists to funk groups and DJs. Located over the port in Hangar 2, The Container is a hot spot and a great place to start the night. Here, you can find locals, visitors from out of town and tourists from out of the country. The large industrial space offers free shows several times a week and a great energy for groups.
Container, Warehouse 2, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3 683 6321
Once named simply after the street it is on, Samuca Bar calls the arches of Old Jaffa its home. The beautiful space is alive with vines growing from the walls, the occasional art exhibition and a laid back Mediterranean vibe. A spot that transforms itself from café to bar at night, Samuca is also a wonderful place to listen to local music and drink cocktails. Samuca is a sweet little secret for jazz, folk and Latin music lovers and is an experience unlike any other in Tel Aviv.
Samuca, Mazal Arieh 5, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3 518 9226