Whether you’re a seasoned local or a curious traveller, Tel Aviv is a hub for an eclectic mix of local and international music. It doesn’t matter which genre you’re into – these five venues are sure to please even the most niche music lover.
With outposts in major cities across Israel including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, Zappa Club offers a range of musical performances, including well-known and local artists like Hadag Nachash, as well as prominent electro-funk imports like Cut-Copy and Animal Collective. Its location in North Tel Aviv, away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown nightlife, makes Zappa unique, and its diversity of musical performances provides ample choice for a memorable experience.
A well-known venue among those in the Tel Aviv indie-rock scene, Barby is a place to hear old favourites – and discover a few new ones too. Both well-established international artists and up-and-coming Israeli indie rockers are given equal chance to play Barby’s grand stage. Barby regularly plays host to artists on the underground rock scene, and tickets are reasonably priced – plus, although the space is huge, the experience still feels intimate.
For those out there who believe variety is the spice of the life, Levontin 7 offers nightly performances that are sure to satisfy anyone’s musical taste. On any given night, this bar and dance club is likely to have an unpredictable and assorted lineup, with music ranging from afro-funk to classical jazz. It’s the type of spot that you and your friends can go to on a whim and be guaranteed a great time. For those who come hungry or thirsty, the bar serves up some excellent drinks and a vegan pizza that’s sure to hit the spot.
If the underground music scene just isn’t your style, Park HaYarkon has something to offer you. Many great artists have graced the lawns of this grand space, from legends like Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones, to Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. Tickets to see any of these international artists are, of course, a little pricier than those at the aforementioned venues, but the lush scenery and excellent selection of artists are well worth it the extra cost.
With its graffiti-covered décor purposefully reminiscent of the famous CBGB music club in New York City, this underground bar immediately feels both familiar and new. The wrap-around square bar in the centre is the meeting point for artists – like up-and-coming alt-rock regulars The Cut Out Club – and locals to sit and have a post-show beer together. Come for the music (which on most nights is free), but stay for the good vibes.