Whether it's scenic wineries in the hills of Galilee, cool beers on the beach or partying all night in Tel Aviv, Israel has a well-established drinking culture. The big night out is Thursday, with Fridays far quieter because of Shabbat. Saturdays can be busy in Arab Christian neighbourhoods. To sample local wines, head to the Golan Heights, the Upper Galilee's Dalton Plateau, the Judean Hills or the Negev Highlands.

Local Brews

  • Goldstar, dark lager
  • Maccabee, pale lager
  • Bazelet Amber Ale, from the Golan
  • Alexander, boutique ale
  • Dancing Camel, microbrews from Tel Aviv
  • Shapiro, ales and stouts from Beit Shemesh
  • Negev, brewed in the south

Fruit of the Vine

Local wines to look out for include those produced by:

  • Adir (www.adir-winery.com)
  • Domaine du Castel (www.castel.co.il)
  • Ella Valley (www.ellavalley.com)
  • Flam (www.flamwinery.com)
  • Golan Heights Winery (www.golanwines.co.il; labels include Yarden, Gamla, Hermon and Galil Mountain)
  • Odem Mountain (www.harodem.co.il)
  • Recanati (www.recanati-winery.com)
  • Tishbi (www.tishbi.com)
  • Tzora Vineyards (www.tzoravineyards.com)
  • Yatir (www.yatir.net)