Tel Aviv Clubs and Bars
Guided Into the Night(life)
Read our editor’s take on some of the many bars and clubs that have Tel Aviv hopping into the wee hours of the morning.
For years I’ve heard from friends that the Tel Aviv nightlife scene is not to be missed. So I was excited when I learned that one of our evenings on my recent trip to Israel would be spent visiting bars and clubs in Tel Aviv—with a nightlife tour guide.
That’s right, a real-life nightlife guide. If you want an efficient night out on the town, consider hiring one to take to you to and—more importantly—get you into just about any place you desire. (Why hadn’t I thought of that career move 20 years ago?)
Our fearless dancer for the night, Doron Ozer, was a font of Tel Aviv nightlife information, and he showed us a variety of places, from trendy bars on Lilenblum Street to fun gay lounges to packed dance clubs. We explored other bars and clubs in Tel Aviv on our own too. Here are some highlights:
My favorite place was Nanutchka, a lively Georgian bistro/bar located in a renovated house on the bar-lined Lilenblum Street. There are multiple rooms—each with wall cutouts for a dual private/communal feel—decorated with local art and cool design elements. Sip strong drinks and chill at corner tables, or join the crowded main room and perhaps even dance on the bar to a good mix of Western and Russian tunes. Make a reservation or be prepared to wait in line. 2 Lilenblum St.
Down the street from Nanutchka is the subdued Mish Mish, a dimly lit, dark-wood cocktail bar/lounge featuring a music mix of jazz and ‘70s. It’s an excellent place to meet friends for a drink before heading to a dance club. Most alcoholic beverages will cost about US$10 to $13 (40 to 50 Israeli shekels), and don’t be surprised to find a security fee added to your tab, to pay for the bouncer out front. 17 Lilenblum St.
Bar at Hotel Montefiore
The elegant 12-room Hotel Montefiore opened last summer in a restored 1922 mansion, and its restaurant and bar will quench any thirst for a sophisticated outing. It’s ideal for the beginning of cocktail hour or to wind down at the end of the night. Be prepared to splurge: My scotch was about US$16, signature cocktails start at about US$11. 36 Montefiore St.
The High Windows—aka Hachalonot Hagvoim
High Windows is a multilevel dance club with nonstop boom-boom base-line music to keep the sardine-packed, mixed-age crowd moving. Lines were down the street to get into this place. Women in skirts or dresses—be careful on the second-floor glass dance floor. Those guys below are all looking up for a reason. 113 Ha'chashmonaim St.
Another popular place on Lilenblum, mid-sized Lima Lima features the type of dance music that tended to blend from one song to the other without much change. (And no, that does not define all dance music.) The night we visited, the place seemed to draw the equivalent of the U.S. fraternity/sorority crowd, but the garden patio was refreshing. 42 Lilenblum St.
A welcoming, popular gay hangout—restaurant by day, bar/lounge by night—Evita was an ideal end to a busy evening. After the diners leave, the tables are pushed aside and live music, DJs and dancers take over until the wee hours of the morning. Each night offers a different themed evening, from karaoke to drag night. 31 Yavne St.