Jerusalem’s downtown is well endowed with bars. The best are in the Mahane Yehuda Market area and in the vicinity of Zion Sq, on Rivlin, Ben Shatah, Hillel, Heleni HaMalka and Dorot Rishonim Sts. East Jerusalem bars tend to be inside hotels, while the Old City is almost as dry as the Negev desert.
Drinking & Nightlife
- Casino de Paris Throwback cocktails in this cosy spot with outdoor patio.
- Beer Bazaar Beer aficionados rejoice – here more than 100 varieties line the walls.
- Sira The city's young and cool spill out onto street from this tiny, landmark spot.
- Barood Homemade schnapps, pints of Guinness and tasty Sephardic fare.
- First Station German Colony complex with quality restaurants doubling as lively drinking spots.
- Kadosh Classic European-style cafe and patisserie open since 1967.
- Roasters Tiny spot with good espresso in Mahane Yehuda Market.
- Café Bezalel Charming casual cafe filled with laptop-toting students.
- Viennese Café Relax with a cappuccino and apple strudel just off the Via Dolorosa in the Old City.
- T'mol Shilshom Bohemian hard-to-find spot in downtown perfect for a coffee and catching up with your reading.
- Garden Terrace Waldorf Astoria's classy roof lounge with talented bartenders and Old City views.
- Mamilla Rooftop Restaurant Close-up views of Jaffa Gate area walls from this sleek brasserie.
- View Cafe Bar Enjoy a sundowner from East Jerusalem with the Damascus Gate only blocks away.
- Notre Dame Cheese & Wine Restaurant The views of the Old City, if not the pricey wine, will leave you light-headed.