Tel Aviv is world-renowned for its incredible nightlife scene. The city boasts an incredible variety of hangout spots, ranging from laid-back elegant gastro-pubs for date night to dance-until-the-morning underground clubs. Here’s a roundup of the Tel Aviv establishments that are bound to make your night a memorable one!
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No self-respecting Tel Avivian goes through a weekend without visiting Port Sa’id. The undisputable king of Tel Aviv’s hang-out and foodie spots, Port Sa’id, by famous Israeli chef Eyal Shani, serves super simple and oh so delicious dishes on cardboard plates on the pavement outside the Great Synagogue on Allenby Street. You can easily queue up for two hours to get a seat in this bar or you can just waltz in and immediately be seated, but whatever you choose, you are in for a delicious treat and a fun, chill and super cool evening. Port Sa’id Har Sinai St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, +972 3-620-7436
The Block has made quite a name for itself worldwide, hosting some of the world’s leading DJs and musicians on a weekly basis and boasting one of the best sound systems out there. Dubbed one of the city’s best nightlife spots, The Block’s parties usually begin long after midnight and continue until the late hours of the morning, where the persistent crowd is all danced-out.
One of the hottest venues in the city, Teder FM used to change its location every summer until it finally settled in the cool Beit Romano compound in southern Tel Aviv. On the upper floor, you can enjoy some of Tel Aviv’s best dishes at Eyal Shani’s Romano restaurant, while on the ground level is the bar itself, which serves the best pizza in town perfect after a long night of drinking, dancing and mingling with Tel Aviv’s coolest crowds.
This hipster haven is one of the city’s coolest venues, with a very artistic bohemian vibe, great music and light food. The underground bar is spread over two open-sky seating areas, a long bar and open kitchen, a central DJ stand and a more intimate dance floor. This multifunctional space is favoured by locals and tourists alike – hang out with friends, dance the night away or to spend the evening exploring the space’s amazing graffiti art.
If you are looking for a chill evening with good food, drinks and great music, this is the place to go. More relaxed than the bars in central Tel Aviv, Jaffa’s Flea Market area is one of the hottest places to sit outside and enjoy your night out. Your best bet would be to walk around the market’s alleys and find a spot, but be sure to check out Ramesses, Shaffa and Onza, which are some of the best gastro-pubs in the area.
Located on the tenth floor of an old office building, Suramarerooftop bar offers some of Tel Aviv’s most stunning views, along with a menu designed to make your night a whole lot of fun. The bar’s slogan, ‘Drinks & Happy Food’, goes well with its stylish glass-enclosed rooftop space, which has been decorated as an indoor garden, surrounding a large olive tree and an outdoor seating. This is the perfect place to enjoy Tel Aviv’s landscape, have a drink with friends or a date and forget about your long workday.
The first, most awarded and oldest running cocktail bar in Israel, 223 was founded by world-renowned mixologist, Ariel Leizgold, who still runs the place. Set on Dizengoff Street, one of the prime bar areas of Tel Aviv, 223 provides an entirely different experience. Its decor, style and service will make you feel, for a mere second, that you are sipping a cocktail in downtown Manhattan.
If you are in the mood for a classy and quiet night out, check out Cafe Europa, a trendy gastro-pub perfectly located on Rothschild Boulevard. As the name implies, Cafe Europa is a charming outdoor terrace bar. It’s the perfect choice for elegant dishes, accompanied by a good selection of drinks while sitting under an old tree on the open terrace, or upstairs in the bar area overlooking the terrace.