When you imagine Tel Aviv’s nightlife, old-school Irish pubs and American-style sports bars aren’t typically what spring to mind. However, in keeping with the truly diverse and cosmopolitan nature of the city, its nightlife caters to everyone – including sports fanatics. Whether you’re a football (soccer) fan or an NBA enthusiast, here’s where to go when there’s a game you simply can’t miss.
Just steps away from the Mediterranean Sea, this is a great option for those wanting to watch English, European and Israeli football (soccer) in a more upscale environment. The numerous plasma screens and comfortable seating are suitable for both small and large groups. With a diverse menu featuring steaks and fresh fish, those looking to catch a live game on television in a pleasant atmosphere needn’t look further than this beachside establishment.
The most well-established sports bar in Israel, with six chains across the country, this is a great spot for tasty American food (think BBQ wings, chicken fingers and hamburgers), beers and live sports. With a daily happy hour and a large selection of live action, from English football and the Champions League to Major League Baseball and the NBA, this bar caters to a diverse range of sports fanatics and draws an international crowd. It has two chains in Tel Aviv – one right by Frishman Beach and the other behind Sarona Market.
This is a proper, no-frills Irish boozer minutes from Frishman Beach showing most major rugby, soccer, Gaelic games (traditional Irish sports) and basketball matches live. The first Irish pub established in Israel, here you can drink beers such as Kilkenny, Weihenstephan and, of course, Guinness, in addition to an impressive selection of whiskeys. The menu features classic British and Irish pub grub, such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and beef stew cooked in Guinness as well as a handful of vegan dishes. They have another chain in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Complex.
Located on the lively Rothschild Boulevard in the heart of Tel Aviv, this is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Its indoor layout is reminiscent of British pubs and offers a cosy atmosphere, while its outdoor seating area is great for sipping a cold beer while watching the world go by. With classic pub food and TV screens showing mainly football (soccer) from England, Europe and Israel, this boozer offers everything you need for an evening of football, alcohol and good vibes.
This is a great laid back local pub with a daily Happy Hour from 4 pm to 8 pm, where you can watch major live football matches from Europe and Israel. Apart from seating both indoors and outdoors, they also have a pool table if you prefer to stay active while sipping on your beer. They offer a wide selection of beers and other alcoholic beverages and some great bar food options, such as their Reuben sandwich. The staff are friendly and fun-loving and the crowd often consists of regulars from the neighbourhood, in both their Florentin and central Tel Aviv branch. On the weekends, you will usually find it packed with people.