Entertainment in Israel

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Mitzpe Ramon

    Mitzpe Ramon Jazz Club

    A respected stop on the Israeli live music circuit, this intimate venue hosts major Israeli stars as well as local artists. For details on concerts (usually jazz, blues, reggae, African or rock), see the website or Facebook page. There's a free jam session starting at 11pm or midnight every Thursday. This place is also a bar.

  • Entertainment in Jaffa

    East West House

    Jaffa’s East West House offers curated live music experiences that are set inside the former Ottoman-era villa of Jaffa’s primary doctor. A more low-key venue that Tel Aviv’s other music halls, Thursday evening concerts take place on a stage under pointed archways and occasionally spill out to the garden, under century-old Jaffa orange trees.

  • Entertainment in South City Centre

    Beit HaAmudim

    Tel Aviv's intimate live jazz venue welcomes a disparate crowd to its almost nightly gigs, which kick off at 9.30pm. Entry fee for gigs is 5NIS per musician, so if you see a band of five people, you pay 25NIS. Close to Carmel Market, it functions as a cafe during the day.

  • Entertainment in Nazareth

    Liwan Culture Cafe

    Founded to help bring cultural life back to the Old City, this cafe hosts exhibitions by Palestinian artists, most of them from the Galilee, and several free cultural events every week. A vegetarian plat du jour, cooked by local women, is available at lunchtime; beverages include Palestinian wines and two West Bank beers, Taybeh and Shepherd's.

  • Entertainment in Jaffa

    Jaffa Theatre

    Founded in 1998 in a multiarched Old Jaffa building to bring two cultures together, this stage showcases Hebrew- and Arabic-language plays, sometimes with English translations. Not afraid to run plays that tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it's an inviting space to glean native insight on complex topics. It also holds musical performances and festivals such as the Arab-Hebrew Women's Festival.

  • Entertainment in Haifa

    Matnas Tverya 15

    A community centre with frequent amateur concerts, performances and classes (including yoga, Pilates and tango). Art exhibitions change on a monthly basis and it's a friendly, creative space to mingle with locals. Served by buses 115 and 133, or you can take the Carmelit to Masada.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in City Centre

    Cinematheque

    The flagship in a chain of Israeli cinemas, this branch draws a cultured local crowd for its screenings of classic, retro, foreign, avant-garde and experimental films. It often holds film festivals, such as DocAviv.

  • Entertainment in Akko

    Akko Theatre Centre

    Forging links between Jewish and Arab performers, Akko Theatre Centre is proud of its program of innovative multidisciplinary performances for adults and children, in particular the Alternative Theatre Festival.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in City Centre

    Charles Bronfman Auditorium

    Home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charles Bronfman Auditorium hosts world-class classical music performances several times a week. Look out for the occasional children's performances with stories (from 60NIS per child, free for adults).

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in South City Centre

    Barby

    This Tel Aviv institution at the southernmost point of the city is a favourite venue for reggae, electronica, funk and alternative bands. Occasionally hosts big-name acts, and the vibe is always positive with a capital 'P'.

  • Entertainment in Haifa

    Beat Club

    Israeli and international bands rock out at this top performance venue, which is affiliated with the local music school and occasionally moonlights as a nightclub. Check the website for upcoming events.

  • Entertainment in City Centre

    Habima National Theatre

    Home to Israel’s national theatre company, Habima stages weekly performances in its restored, modern dome-shaped building. Most have simultaneous subtitles in English.

  • Entertainment in City Centre

    Israeli Opera

    The city's major opera house is also home to the Israel Ballet. It's located in the complex next to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Cameri Theatre.

  • Entertainment in Haifa

    Haifa Cinematheque

    Screens avant-garde, off-beat and art films in two halls. It's key venue for Haifa's film festival.

  • Entertainment in Tel Aviv

    Goldstar Zappa Club

    One of the handful of places in Israel to catch international music luminaries (plus great local acts), this intimate, all-seated club is named after the legendary Frank Zappa. Situated 8km northeast of central Tel Aviv, it's one of the few venues in town best reached by car or taxi.

  • Entertainment in South City Centre

    Suzanne Dellal Centre

    A must-visit for lovers of classic dance, the leading dance school in the country is also a theatre set in a historic Neve Tzedek building dating from 1892. Opened in 1989 by the Dellal family of London, it stages a variety of performing arts including modern dance, music and ballet, and is home to the world-famous Bat Sheva dance company.

  • Entertainment in North Tel Aviv

    Me on the Mic

    Pick from a choice of different-sized private rooms at this fun karaoke bar. It has a full list of songs in English, Spanish and Hebrew. Costs range from basic room hire and two drinks (100NIS) to the Back Stage pass (220NIS), which includes full dinner and unlimited drinks.

  • Entertainment in City Centre

    Tzavta

    This 'progressive' club-theatre, founded by the far-left HaShomer HaTzair youth movement, has pop and folk Israeli music, as well as Hebrew-language theatre and comedy. Most performances are in Hebrew, though it occasionally holds English plays.

  • Entertainment in City Centre

    Cameri Theatre

    For a boost of local performing arts culture, catch a show at this theatre that hosts first-rate performances in Hebrew, on some nights with simultaneous English translation or English-language subtitles.

  • Entertainment in North Tel Aviv

    Shablul Jazz Club

    Live jazz, blues, salsa and world music takes centre stage at this intimate venue on the Old Port almost nightly. Check the website and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/shabluljazz) for an events calendar.