Drinking and nightlife in Israel

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South City Centre

    Phi

    Mainstream and counterculture youngsters flock to this sleek, open-air garden bar for their famous colour-categorised fresh juices that can be spiked with your pick of poison. We dig the 'Green' – apple, lime and ginger plus gin, adorned with a sprig of mint harvested from the fresh herb garden. They sure do go down easy… good thing they're 'healthy'.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South City Centre

    Bicicletta

    A vibrant, young bar on Nahalat Binyamin St, Bicicletta (Italian for 'bicycle') has one of the best patio gardens in town. The food is great – eclectic dishes include the smoked turkey sandwich with brie, pork belly with cauliflower and date honey, and its signature homemade aubergine fries. Happy hour is from 5.30pm to 8pm. Look for the bicycle in the window.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South City Centre

    Kuli Alma

    Mystical and just downright cool, Kuli Alma is a TLV nightlife institution with an emphasis on art and music. Behind the unimposing entrance, locals and not-so-locals mingle on the patio dotted with plants, graffiti and an outdoor gallery. There’s a vegetarian menu, and it hosts an eclectic mix of DJ and live music nights.

  • Nightlife in Rosh Pina

    Tangerine

    A great spot to meet locals, this convivial, two-room pub serves brunch and great vegetarian sandwiches during the day and tasty 'Italo-Galilean' cuisine, including pizza and calzone, at night. Occasionally hosts live music. Situated on the ground floor of Professor Mer's House – the entrance is around back.

  • Nightlife in Haifa

    Syncopa

    A double-decker night spot with an oxblood-walled dive bar downstairs and a performance space upstairs. Expect soft rock, grunge and other guitar-driven styles, drum 'n' bass DJs, comedy or even spoken word; the events schedule is posted on the door. Some performances are free.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in City Centre

    Kanta

    On the rooftop of the Gan Ha’Ir (City Garden) shopping mall, trendy Kanta has one of the finest outdoor terraces in Tel Aviv. Surrounded by plants and lit up at night, this urban garden is great for summer, but it also shines in winter, when it gets enclosed and the outdoor heaters take up residence.

  • Nightlife in South City Centre

    Herzl 16

    It's easy to miss the subdued entrance to this verdant hipster oasis tucked in the courtyard of one of Tel Aviv’s first buildings with a lift, which is why it’s helpful that the cafe’s name is also its address. Enter the wrought-iron doorway, climb the original 1920s stairs and step into a hotspot that effortlessly transforms through the day from breakfast bistro to bustling bar.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South City Centre

    Café Levinsky

    Find refreshing relief from the sweltering Tel Aviv heat here with gazoz, an old-fashioned drink of simple syrup and soda water. Illuminated jars of fermented fruits and botanicals line the shelves of this Levinsky Market favourite – housed in a tiny former storage unit – where the bespoke beverages are concocted based on the barista’s whims and what’s seasonally appropriate.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South City Centre

    Prince

    For years, this place was one of Tel Aviv’s best-kept secrets: an amazing rooftop bar on the corner of the Nahalat Binyamin Crafts Market. But now the secret’s out and the Prince ( HaNasich in Hebrew) is packed to the brim with people. Like all good Tel Aviv bars, it has a dark and dingy entrance (with some pretty weird graffiti).

  • Nightlife in City Centre

    Spicehaus

    If you're suffering from a case of craft cocktail thirst, come sip potions with a pharmaceutical flair at this one-of-a-kind watering hole, where antique medical devices and vintage ephemera create a unique apothecary vibe. Mixologists even dress the part and select spirits – some made for sharing – are served in quirky receptacles like beakers or syringes.

  • Nightlife in City Centre

    Beer Garden

    Buzzing and always busy, Beer Garden attracts crowds of Tel Avivians to its corner of Dizengoff Sq. Though it may look like there's plenty of room on the pavement outside and inside around its bar, it’s still advisable to reserve a table. The menu includes lots of German and Belgian beers, plus Oktoberfest-style sausages.

  • Nightlife in South City Centre

    Alphabet

    Underground techno and house spin at this intimate club that welcomes a diverse crowd. There are two rooms – Alpha, near the entrance, keeps beats a little more tame than the Gamma room, which you'll find past the corridor of tall, metal-doored toilets. When your senses get assaulted by frenetic strobe lights, palpitation-inducing bass and an explosion of confetti, you've arrived.

  • Nightlife in Jaffa

    Shaffa Bar

    Another hipster hangout (Jaffa is full of them), Shaffa is a favourite among the cafe-bar hybrids in the flea market for its unpretentious vibe and range of well-executed eats. The coffee machine and cocktail shaker get an equal workout, and it's possible to order everything from a simple sandwich to a crunchy Thai salad or comfort food, like Irish sausages.

  • Nightlife in North Tel Aviv

    El Vecino

    This excellent wine bar has a fab location on the edge of Park HaYarkon, and drinkers sit outside under trees or inside on long tables. Besides some great cocktails, it also serves locally brewed beer and shots of whisky in edible chocolate cups. The food is delicious (try the quinoa salad or fried portobello mushrooms). There’s live jazz on Mondays.

  • Nightlife in Haifa

    Elika

    A beloved hang-out of Haifa's Arab community, in particular the arty set, Elika successfully muddles leftist nostalgia (old photos, Che Guevara prints) with sheer fun (occasional sports screenings and a well-stocked bar). Sup on tar-thick Turkish coffee or beer, line your stomach with mezze, and let the jazz and world-music soundtrack wash over you.

  • Nightlife in Caesarea

    Beach Bar

    This bar is located on a protected little bay (where there is no lifeguard but access is free). Order a drink or something to eat (salad, schnitzel with chips, pizza, burger), and you can use the lounge chairs, umbrellas and changing rooms. Enjoy Greek music on Thursday from 9pm, jazz on Friday from 7pm and Brazilian music on Saturday from 9pm.

  • Nightlife in Ein Hod

    Chuchu’s

    This fan-cooled terrace bar is where the artists come out to flirt, muse and agonise over their latest creative dilemmas while swirling a glass of wine or a whisky sour. While it's the best people-watching in town, don’t expect advanced mixology or a wondrous wine list.

  • Nightlife in North Tel Aviv

    223

    Pioneering Tel Aviv’s spirits scene, award-winning Israeli mixologist Ariel Leizgold opened 223 in 2008, long before the city caught on to the trend of upmarket watering holes. The first and longest-running cocktail bar in town, it’s the premiere choice for top-notch classic cocktails in an inviting, sophisticated atmosphere.

  • Nightlife in Haifa

    Café Puzzle

    Popular with scenesters, students and young artists, Puzzle offers the holy trinity of great coffee, good vibes and decent wi-fi. Feeling peckish? Options include brunch (48NIS), soups and sandwiches (28NIS to 38NIS), or halva and homemade cakes (32NIS), served to the accompaniment of classic rock.

  • Nightlife in Eilat

    Three Monkeys Pub

    Inevitably packed with sunburnt tourists, this place – run by Isrotel's Royal Beach Hotel – owes its popularity to its boardwalk location and the fact that it hosts live bands most nights from 9.30pm to 12.30am. Be warned that drinks are expensive and service can be both slow and abrupt.