Tel Aviv’s nightlife is an integral part of the city’s local lifestyle, with markets that transform into vibrant entertainment hubs in the evening and plenty of rooftop bars for visitors to enjoy the city’s 300 days of sunshine.
Tel Aviv is a globally renowned nightlife destination. It’s liberal and laid-back with hundreds of late-night drinking spots peppering the city, which are always packed by nightfall. Whether it’s sipping cocktails in a speakeasy, drinking at an underground bar or grabbing a beer at a craft brewery, the vibrant bar scene means the city has just the spot to suit every mood. Here’s our list of the best bars in Tel Aviv.
Designed to bring the Prohibition era to the present day, Bellboy Bar in Hotel B Berdichevsky will transport its visitors from the heart of Tel Aviv to 1920s New York. Located just off Habima Square, this speakeasy has an underground feel; it’s dimly lit, with period interiors, including plush velvet seating and an engraved-wood bar. Though Bellboy is renowned for its creative craft cocktails, alcohol is hidden away in true Prohibition style; the staff members, who never break character, push prams that serve as drink trolleys around the venue. For an even more authentic experience, visitors can sneak into the adjacent Butler Bar – Bellboy’s sister venue – which is concealed behind a trap door in a private hideaway. Here, 12 visitors can gather around an intimate bar and sample cocktails and small bites. There is only one rule: “this is a bar – relax.” If you love underground bars, check out our guide to the best underground bars in Tel Aviv.
As it’s open day and night, and all week long, Herzl 16 is as much a hotspot for late-night cocktails as it is for brunch. The resto-bar is the successor to the much-loved venue Rothschild 12, which moved to its new premises in early 2018 and changed its name to reflect its new address. Now housed in an open-plan courtyard complex in central Tel Aviv, Herzl 16 includes a large indoor area, which hosts regular live events, and extensive outdoor seating. Though breakfast is served before noon, crowds flock from the early afternoon to sip on fine wines, craft cocktails, sake and beer on tap. The evening menu includes Japanese-inspired bar snacks, including gyoza and tempura, and if you’re lucky, you can catch a live gig or musical performance at the indoor stage.
Situated above the Levinsky Market in Florentin, Mondo 2000 is a 1980s-inspired rooftop bar in the city’s acclaimed artistic neighbourhood. Showcasing panoramic views of southern Tel Aviv – from Bauhaus buildings to beaches – this venue is an excellent place to enjoy the city’s 300 days of sunshine. Mondo 2000 is a weekend-only club, open Thursday through Saturday, with disco and funk music playing from 8pm into the early hours of the morning.
Shpagat is a staple on Tel Aviv’s LGBTQ nightlife scene. The venue, situated on the bustling Nahalat Binyamin Street, is easily identifiable by its tiered floors. Intimate tables are located on a series of large steps, and the space below features a bar and dance floor. Shpagat, meaning “the splits” in Hebrew, is fun and flamboyant, with a welcoming atmosphere – it’s a hotspot for renowned DJs and music events.
Old New York charm meets legendary Tel Avivian nightlife at Jasper Johns. Located on the lively Dizengoff Street, this venue seats up to 20 people on high stools around a gold-topped bar, inspired by an old New York speakeasy. Here, mixologists serve masterfully crafted cocktails including the bar’s speciality, the Pink Agony – a delicately balanced blend of herbal liqueur, caramel and fruit juice. But most don’t come to Jasper Johns just for a quiet cocktail; the bar is known for throwing a good party, with drinks flowing all night and a DJ playing a selection of music. Italian bar snacks are on offer from the early evening, and a free aperitivo is served alongside your drink from 6pm to 9pm.
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