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.

Best Lists

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.

Wine Bars

  • Talbiye Intimate bistro for a casual drink or date under the Jerusalem Theatre.
  • Hashchena Wine Bar Loud and overflowing, with a wide range of wines and cocktails.
  • Primitivo Fine wine and Mediterranean tapas in an intimate and stylish spot.

For Views

Cocktail Bars

  • Gatsby's Cocktail Room Some of the best cocktails and largest selection in the city in a jazzy space.
  • Barood Local wine, cocktails and delicious Balkan-meets-Italian nibbles
  • Casino de Paris Settle in with a gin cocktails at this place with a British backstory.

Restaurant Bars

  • Yudale Vibrant, noisy and one of the more happening spots just outside Mahane Yehuda.
  • Machneyuda Creative cocktails at one of the city's hottest restaurant and nightlife hotspots.
  • HaSadna German Colony cool and sleek in a redone industrial space.