There are many great bars in Jerusalem.
Known as the cultural and historical center of Israel, and one of the holiest cities in the world, this is a city that hardly strikes you as a party-town. After all, at less than one hour drive Tel Aviv has the reputation of one of the best party cities in the world, and many travelers would rather concentrate their drinking and party efforts to the White City.
Yet, Jerusalem nightlife is actually fantastic and whether you spend 48 hours in Jerusalem, or a week, or a month, you will have plenty of chances to have a drink, party and have a fun night out – and this will come as a welcome break after having spent a day sightseeing.
What you will end up loving about bars in Jerusalem is that they often are located where you’d least expect – a market stall, a hole in the wall, a train station. But there’s more! On a night out in Jerusalem, you will find any sort of bar – sophisticated and retro; budget friendly or expensive; and playing all sort of music – you won’t have troubles to find something to suit your tastes.
I bet you are wondering which are the best bars in Jerusalem – and I am here to help you. I have my very favorite, but each time I visit, I try to explore new ones. So, continue reading to discover everything about Jerusalem nightlife, and all the bars you should hit.
15 Fabulous Bars In Jerusalem
Gatsby Cocktail Room
This is one of my favorite bars in Jerusalem so I feel obliged to mention it first. Located in downtown Jerusalem, minutes from the busy Yaffo Street, this is the kind of place you have to look for – in other words, you won’t come across it while walking down the street, because it’s actually not visible at all from the street. The bar is tucked away in on the ground floor of a building, practically hidden in a corner next to a nice café.
Walk through the door, and you will find yourself in a fantastic retro atmosphere – 1920s style decoration, an overall speakeasy vibe, and great music (occasionally live).
Cocktails are fabulous: you can expect the use of great quality ingredients, herbs, spices and whatever else your barman decides to mix. They have a fixed menu and a set of daily specials. They honestly aren’t cheap – so don’t go if you are looking for a happy hour kind of place – but worth every cent you pay. The atmosphere is easy going.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Gatsby Cocktail Room is located on on 18 Hillel St. It is open from Sunday to Saturday from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am. Make sure to book in advance – you can do that via the Ontopo app, which is a must when in Israel.
Steps away from Gatsby Cocktail Room, Blaze is pretty much its exact opposite – and you will love it just for that. It’s the perfect place if you are looking for a truly easygoing atmosphere, rock music, and a good, chilled beer. There is live music pretty much every night. It’s great.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Blaze is located on 23 Hillel Street. It is open from Sunday to Thursday from 6:00 pm to 3:00 am; and on Saturdays from 8:30 pm to 4:00 am.
The Barrel and The Tap
Further down the street on Hillel, there’s another great English style pub in town. Expect to find great beer on tap, good pub food, and that very easy-going atmosphere that is typical of only the best pubs.
You can expect to find the same beers you’d be able to get in a pub in London – Stella, Guinness, Carlsberg – and at actual reasonable prices. Food goes from snacks such as mozzarella sticks to burgers, sandwiches and salads.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: The Barrel and the Tap is located on 33 Hillel St. It is open daily from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am.
This is one of the most fun bars in Jerusalem. At a stone’s throw from Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s great market in the modern city, and right in front of Mahneyuda, one of the best restaurants in town (or shall I say, in the world) which is actually run by the same owners, Yudale is one of the trendiest spots in town, and summarizes what Jerusalem nightlife is like: easygoing despite its reputation.
At Yudale you will be able to get some great bar-style bites, prepared in front of you and using the best ingredients coming from the nearby market. The selection of drinks is just as great – from wine to good cocktails and pints.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Yudale is located on In 11 Beit Ya’akov St. It opens from Sundays to Thursdays from 6:00 pm till midnight, Fridays from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 pm to midnight. You may find a line at the door, but it usually moves quickly.
There is no stopping the genius of Assaf Granit, owner of Machneyuda and Yudale. He is also behind Wine Bar, easily one of the best bars in Jerusalem for wine and tapas, equally perfect for a date or for a friends’ night out. You will find a great selection of drinks – wine obviously, but also beer; food – think charcuterie, sandwiches and the like, and a chilled atmosphere.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: You will find this bar on 28 Azza St. It is open daily from 8:00 am to 1:30 am.
An institution in Jerusalem nightlife, Yellow Submarine is the prime music venue in town. It’s the kind of place where you will be able to listen to a different kind of (live) music any day of the week – up and coming as well as established Israeli musicians will generally be on stage.
Bar food is available in case you get hungry, and there is a bar with an excellent choice of drinks.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Yellow Submarine is located on 13 Hareichavim St. It’s open from Sunday to Thursday from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am and on Saturdays from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am.
This is one of the best bars in Jerusalem for jazz lovers like myself. You will find an excellent selection of drinks, delicious Middle-Eastern style food, and a music selection that is close to perfection. It’s open until the wee hours – just in case you have insomnia.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Birman is located on 8 Dorot Rishonim St., right by Ben Yehuda. It is open from Sunday to Thursday from 7:30 pm to 4:00 am, Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am.
One of the most easygoing bars in Jerusalem, it’s located in the heart of town. It’s a nice pub, with good atmosphere, where you will find your typical selection of pub food and great beer.
Mike’s Place is on two levels, with the lower one often being a venue for live music. You will also find pool tables. It honestly has that unbeatable pub atmosphere that you wouldn’t expect to find in Israel – which makes it all the better.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Mike’s Place is located on 33 Yaffo St, the main commercial street in Jerusalem. It’s open from Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 am; on Fridays from 12:00 to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am.
GOOD TO KNOW: There is a Mike’s Place in Tel Aviv too. You will find it at 90, Retsif Herbert Samuel St.
Mahane Yehuda market is a must-see in Jerusalem, and where you will find some of the best Jerusalem nightlife, and Beer Bazar is definitely one of the best bars in Jerusalem. It started a few years ago as nothing more than a hole in the wall where you could get good Israeli craft beer (and cider) and fresh popcorn to munch away, and it soon became so popular that it expanded and became a pub proper, and with excellent (kosher) food indeed.
If it is your first time there, make sure to ask for the beer sampler before deciding which beer you want. Their ale is fabulous!
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Beer Bazar is located on 3 Etz Chaim St., inside Mahane Yehuda market. It is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:00 am. On Fridays it is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 3:00 am.
GOOD TO KNOW: You will find a Beer Bazar in Jaffa too.
Inside Mahane Yehuda Market, Hatch specializes in craft beer on tap and sausages – so easygoing is the word that best describes it. You can expect to find all sorts of American-style pub food – corn beef sandwiches are delicious – and you can chug them down with top quality beer. It’s kosher, so it is closed on Shabbat.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Hatch is located on 28 HaEgoz St. It is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 am; Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 3:00 am; Fridays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:30 pm to 1:00 am.
If you are in search of one of the hippest bars in Jerusalem, look no further. Serveza is a place for a younger crowd, where you will be able to listen to great music and dance the night away. Needless to say, you will find a good selection of beer and cocktails – and considering this is Jerusalem, I am sure you will agree with me that prices are more than reasonable. Best at weekends – which in Israel will be either a Thursday evening, or a Saturday evening.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Servesa is located on 17 Shamai St. It is open from Saturday to Thursday from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.
One of the nicest bars in Jerusalem is located inside Mamilla Hotel – easily the best hotel in town. You will love the trendy atmosphere, the great selection of drinks, and the view from the terrace (I don’t want to post a photo as I don’t want to spoil the surprise).
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Mamilla Hotel is located on 11 Shlomo Hamelech St. It is open from Sunday to Thursday from 6:00 pm till late; and from 9:30 pm till late on Saturdays.
GOOD TO KNOW: On the mezzanine floor of Mamilla Hotel you will find an excellent wine bar too.
If you are in the mood for some real local action, this is one of the coolest bars in Jerusalem. Located in the Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, here the vibe is a bit younger – you can expect to find university students too. Aside from the great selection of drinks at reasonable prices, what makes this place a must-see is the music – perfect if you are in the mood to dance.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Toy Bar is located on 6 Du Nawas St. It is open on Thursdays from 9:30 pm to 4:45 am; on Fridays from 10:30 pm to 5:00 am and on Saturdays from 9:30 pm to 4:45 am.
GOOD TO KNOW: This is one of the very few bars in Jerusalem that is actually open on Shabbat – so if you are in town on a Friday evening, look no further!
This 1980s themed bar is one of the nicest gay bars in Jerusalem – in fact, its website claims it is the only one in town. It opened in 2012 and immediately became a local institution. It’s the kind of place where you will be able to dance to electronic music while sipping a reasonably priced drink. Although it is a gay bar, it attracts all sorts of people – from all nationalities and any sexual orientation. In other words, it is a lot of fun.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Video Pub is located on 1 Yohanan Horkanos St. It is open daily from 8:00 pm (10:00 pm on Fridays) to 4:00 am. It’s one of the few bars in Jerusalem to offer happy hour!
A fun place popular among students, so perfect for a younger traveler. It also is one of the few places in town that offers happy hour from 5:00 to 9:00 pm – a more than reasonable duration, if you ask me.
Go there for fun music, live music by Israeli prominent artists, events, premiers and the like.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Sira is located on 7 Ben Sira St. It is open from Saturday to Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 3:00 am; Thursday and Friday from 4:00 pm to 5:00 am.
Final Thoughts On Jerusalem Nightlife
Despite its reputation for being all about religion and culture, nightlife in Jerusalem is great and you will find plenty of places to keep entertained and have a drink. The bars mentioned in this post are just a selection. The best way to discover more bars in Jerusalem is to just go out – my personal favorite is Mahane Yehuda Market, which is an incredible, lively place as soon as shops close down!
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