Tel Aviv, Israel, is famous for its nightlife. The streets are packed with bistros, clubs and bars, and now wine bars have started to spring up. Here are the places you should be sipping your wine.
Bar, Pub Grub
The Tasting Room recently opened in the new and up-and-coming neighborhood Sarona. The decor is classy, with wooden pallet tables and mustard-colored chairs. One of the few wine bars in Israel to own wine dispensers, the Tasting Room has on average 40 open wines to taste from, staying true to its name. The bar pushes Israeli wines but also offers select foreign wines, and if you happen to get bored, try one of the fresh and zesty cocktails. The Tasting Room has everything a bon vivant could ask for: great location, tasteful decor and flowing wine. Follow them on Instagram: @tasting_room_winebar
Tasting Room, Eliezer Kaplan 36, Tel Aviv, Israel, +9723.533.3213
‘Every wine has a story’ is the Wine Story’s motto: this spot aims to promote unknown boutique wines, from obscure wineries to enchant new customers and tell their tale. Recently named ‘one of the sexiest and most attractive bars in Israel’ by Globes, the bar the three-story space. Better yet, it is located in the charming neighborhood of Neve Tsedek – a wonderful place to roam around while tipsy. Wines are served in three amounts – tasting, half glass or full glass. This allows customers to taste any wine, even those you could never afford to buy. For example, their inventory has the expensive Chateau Mouton Rothschild which can be tasted at a fraction of the price of a bottle. The wine list is extensive, with wines from France, Italy, Spain and a choice of Israeli wines. The bar also hosts an aperitivo on Tuesdays, with a free buffet of fresh cheeses, pickled meats and bruschetta.
Wine Story, Yehoshua, HaTalmi 12, Tel Aviv, Israel, +9723.730.0313
Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub
Situated in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv, Juno is a picturesque spot – ‘Italy on Milano Square’ – with its checkered tablecloths and simple wooden decor. A wine bar and store, Juno’s wine list is comprises more than 120 options, from Italian to Israeli boutique wines. The food, a feast for the eyes, is fresh and delectable; the fig and Camembert prosciutto is especially appetizing. On Friday afternoon, order a glass of wine and a buffet of fresh salads, antipasti and pastas is on the house. Be aware that the place is small and fills up quickly – although the crowd never seems to mind, simply spilling out to the street.
Juno, De Haas 1, Milano Square, Tel Aviv, Israel, +9723.544.6620
This spot has been around for almost 20 years and has become a neighborhood institution. Located on Basel Square, the people-watching is top-notch and the atmosphere always cozy. The indoor space is divided into two. On one side, wines lie on the wooden shelves like books in a library, while on the other, jars of fresh tea are stacked up the walls. The wine menu is concise, but carefully selected. Burgundy wines, such as dry pinot noirs and white Chardonnays dominate the collection along with a few foreign roses and some Israeli wines. The food is simple, homemade and fresh: the cured salmon with Chardonnay never fails to hit the spot.
Elkalay, Elkalay 1, Tel Aviv, Israel, +9723.544.0795
Entering Par Derriere is like discovering a secret garden, with its twinkling tea lights and low-hanging leaves. The wine list changes from time to time, but always offers a good assortment – from well-known options to those from boutique wineries from across Israel and the world. Their kitchen offers cheese, meat platters and tapas – all ingredients are fresh and sourced from the nearby Carmel Market. The bar also hosts live jazz concerts from time to time, making this a good spot for a romantic evening or an intimate party.
Bat Ami St 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, +9723.629.2111