Tel Aviv is famous for its buzzing nightlife, but Jaffa gives it a run for its money. Offering everything from live music to the best craft beers, Jaffa is home to more vibrant bars than you would expect from a small port city.
Jaffa may be small but tucked away along its ancient winding streets are bars of every description: cosy bars for a laid-back night out with friends, bars with dedicated patrons queueing out the door each night, bars with delicious food and more beers than can be counted, and bars that shake up the best cocktails this side of the Mediterranean.
Drinking in a bar that is part art gallery and part cultural centre isn’t something that happens everywhere in the world, but that’s what defines the Cuckoo’s Nest, which is complete with atmospheric lighting and graffiti on the walls. The live stage hosts local bands, the contemporary art on the walls is created by local artists and changes every week, and the rooftop bar is the only one in the neighbourhood. There’s nowhere cooler to sip cocktails and nibble on bar food. It’s a truly unique Jaffa experience.
The service at Akbar is prompt and friendly, the ambience warm and cosy, and the food comes in generous portions; it’s the perfect place for a night out with friends. Akbar is located in a tiny side street next to Jaffa’s flea market, and, once found, it’s hard to leave. Along with great music coming from the jukebox, there are pub games such as dominoes and classic backgammon – or sheshbesh, as it’s called in Jaffa. It’s the ideal destination for a relaxed drink in a welcoming setting.
A good bar needs awesome music, attentive service and delicious food – and Margoza checks every box. What really makes it stand out, however, are its bartenders, who mix the best cocktails in Jaffa. Everyone behind the bar at Margoza really knows how to mix a drink and can suggest the right local beer or mix for any mood. Just a few steps away from Jaffa’s flea market, Margoza is close to all of Jaffa’s main sights. It’s a great spot to absorb the laid-back Jaffa vibe, unwind from a busy day or kick off a fun night out.
This is an updated version of a story created by Ilana Sivan.