Jerusalem is known worldwide for its unique heritage, history and the amazing mix of historically rich and fascinating cultures but that is not everything the city has to offer. You may be surprised to discover Jerusalem’s nightlife mode, which offers some fun, grungier options. The city is fast becoming a hub for a young, trendy crowd, and includes a great variety of live music venues to explore Israeli or international music. Whether you are into traditional, classical melodies or looking for more upbeat, mainstream tunes, the following Jerusalem music venues have got you covered.
Located in the Talpiot Industrial District, Yellow Submarine
is an interdisciplinary music venue striving to promote music, discover and mentor young musical talents, and serve as a meeting point for artists and musicians. Recognized across the country for discovering and providing a stage for many young, up-and-coming Israeli artists, this is definitely a Jerusalem hot spot for trendy music lovers. Although this venue is not all about jazz music, they do hold a free jazz evening every Tuesday night, in addition to the variety of punk, rock, alternative, and oriental music style gigs you can see.
Concert Hall, Music Venue, Theater
Jerusalem’s Khan Theater is a Repertory theater and a non-profit organization that produces approximately three-four new shows each year. Most of the shows have been written and/or directed by its current artistic director — Michael Gurevich. The theater’s structure, which was built on the ruins of an ancient inn from the Crusader period and is surrounded by a beautiful intimate garden, is located in the renovated First Station compound in the city center. The Khan theater is one of the best places in Jerusalem
to catch an interesting live show — a play or a concert — not to mention have a drink in the beautiful, picturesque courtyard of the restored theater compound.
Archeological site, Concert Hall, Music Venue
Have you ever wondered where do big stars like Bob Dylan, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen and others perform when they tour Jerusalem? Well, this is it. An ancient water basin renovated by Suleiman the great Ottoman Sultan — the one who built the Old City of Jerusalem — Sultan’s Pool has become one of the most impressive, beautiful, unique, and favorable places to enjoy a live show, especially in the summer days. Many events, fairs and festivals are held at this venue, which during the evening becomes all the more beautiful due to colorful lighting that highlights the contrast between the old and the new in this unique setting.
Zappa at the Lab
Zappa is an Israeli chain of live music venues spread across the country, and where you can enjoy a performance of your favorite artist or musician at a more relaxed setting, sitting down at a table with a varied menu of kosher food and drinks. Zappa at the Lab, the chain’s Jerusalem outlet, was opened in 2011 in a conserved 1937 building set in the ‘First Station Compound’, along with many restaurants and shops which turn the refurbished structures into a Jerusalem hotspot for locals and tourists alike. The Zappa at the lab is one of the best places in the city to enjoy a live music show of both Israeli and international artists
, along with a full meal served at your own private table.
Concert Hall, Movie Theater, Music Venue, Theater
The Jerusalem Theater is Israel’s biggest center for performing arts
, consisting of six halls in various sizes. In addition to the versatile schedule which includes music, opera, theater, dance, cinema, musicals, the complex also showcases temporary art exhibitions, educational lectures, and seasonal festivals. Another great advantage of the venue is the picturesque Mona restaurant
, which is based in the complex and is one of Jerusalem’s best restaurants.