Tel Aviv nightlife is legendary.
Whether you are planning to spend a week or a month in Israel, you really need to factor in enough time to make the most of nightlife scene in Tel Aviv. This is a city where a new bar pops up every week, a bar closes every week, and one is offering something new, different, innovative in an effort to beat competition.
With so many bars and clubs for any interest, budget and taste, from large clubs with pounding music to sophisticated neighborhood bars, it’s no wonder Tel Aviv nightlife scene is world famous, and you are bound to find something to keep entertained.
I only know too well! I don’t think there ever is a night I stay at home when I am in town. Of course, I have my favorite areas to hang out – the ones where my friends and I meet for a chilled beer at the end of a long working day. But each time I am there I also love discovering new neighborhoods, whether alone or with my friends.
Continue reading this post for a quick guide about Tel Aviv nightlife, with the best bars in Tel Aviv divided by area. For each of them, I will also tell you the best time to go.
The Best Areas For Tel Aviv Nightlife And The Best Bars In Tel Aviv
Rothschild and Levontin
Many will tell you that the southern part of Rothschild Boulevard, with the nearby areas such as Levontin, are the heart of Tel Aviv nightlife. And who am I to disagree?
Rothschild really is one of Tel Aviv most interesting streets, with many beautiful Bauhaus buildings, small cafés, bars and more.
I lived on the corner between Rothschild and Maze Street and loved every minute of it, because there is so much going on at any time of day! All you have to do is walk out and there will be some cool place to hang out.
You will be able to find some of the best bars in Tel Aviv right around this area. Below is a summary of the best ones.
Best Bars in Rothschild and Levontin
Shadal 7, go after midnight
There is no doubt that this is underground bar one of the best bars in Tel Aviv. It is the place to see and be seen, especially for a crowd of younger hipsters who enjoy indie and electronic music. It can get incredibly crowded, and there is no real dance-floor so you can’t really define it a club, but it’s the kind of place where people sip a drink will shaking their shoulders a bit. There may be a line outside, but it usually moves really fast. It can get very smoky!
GOOD TO KNOW: Things at Radio EPGB only really get interesting after 1:00 am.
Lilienblum 24, go after 10:00 pm
One of the best bars in Tel Aviv, it’s a place that’s been going strong for more than 10 years. The dance-floor is always packed and in case you need some fresh air there is a great outdoor area.
Rothschild 31, go after 10:00 pm
This is one of the best bars in Tel Aviv if you want to immerse yourself in a place with sophisticated design. There is a collection of designer toys, as well as regular art exhibit by up-and-coming artists. There is a large dance floor on the ground floor, and a great terrace on the top floor.
Berdichevski 14, go for happy hour, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, when you can get 1+1 on all drinks.
Levontin 7, open from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am
This small underground bar is one of the best bars in Tel Aviv if you enjoy a bit of a sophisticated scene. You can expect to find live music most nights, featuring local artists.
Allenby may lack the charm of Rothschild (it mostly is a commercial street with high street kind of shops), but the bars there have such an easygoing vibe that you will enjoy them for sure. There is a good selection of pub-like places (where you can also enjoy a bite), jazz clubs and clubs. Below are the top picks.
Best Bars in Allenby
Mikveh Israel 10, go after 10:00 pm
A post about the best bars in Tel Aviv is not complete without mentioning Kuli Alma. Consistently voted best bar in Tel Aviv, it features an outdoor area where you can chill and chat, a closed room with great music for dancing, and a third one where there usually is live music. You will definitely enjoy the vibes and the decorations.
Nahalat-Byniamin 18, open from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am, go after 9:00 pm.
This place is an institution and definitely one of the best bars in Tel Aviv. It’s located inside an old building in Nachalat-Byniamin. You have to walk up the stairs all the way to the top floor and you can pick between two areas – on the right, there is a large indoor bar with a corner there they play live music (they often have jazz); on the right, a fabulous rooftop bar. There is a good selection of wine, beer and cocktails and even some food. It can get very busy.
Gedera 28, open 24 / 7
I was reluctant to include Minzar in this list of best bars in Tel Aviv. You see, this is probably my favorite place in town, the first place I go to for a drink when I finally put my bags down, and I almost didn’t want to spell the secret. It’s a great neighborhood pub in the heart of Tel Aviv, shabby at first sight, but locals really love (in fact, it can get very crowded). It has indoors as well as outdoors seating, a bar with stools, a very good selection of beers and chasers and a small but good menu – and it is also open on Shabbat.
Allenby 94, go after 10:00 pm
This bar located in an underground passage right on Allenby is a cool hipster place with vintage furnishing and good music. It’s very easy going.
Florentin and South Tel Aviv
Once an area of abandoned factories and buildings, Florentin is now one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. Chances are you will explore it during the day – especially if you are a fan of street art (check out this guided street art tour of Tel Aviv here). Go at night and you will find an incredible selection of places – from really niche, underground ones that you really have to look for with a trained eye, to more easygoing bars and pubs. Below is a selection of places you may want to check out.
Best Bars in Florentin and South Tel Aviv
Derech Jaffa 9, go after 10:00 pm
If you want a hipster place for your night out in Tel Aviv, this is the one. It really doesn’t get better than that. Tables are set in an outside gallery where you can hang out, listen to good music, have a good, reasonably priced beer and – should you get hungry, a pizza. There occasionally are DJ nights, performances and even movie showings.
Abarbanel 88, go after 10:00 pm
Without a doubt one of the best bars in Tel Aviv that contributed to giving Tel Aviv nightlife its reputation. It was one of the first that regularly started bringing in international DJs. It’s the perfect place to dance the night away.
Shalma Road 157, best after 1:00 am
Jaffa is a bit of a unique place when it comes to nightlife in Tel Aviv. This is the oldest neighborhood in town. The best bars are found in the area around the flea market. Below is a selection of the best bars in this part of town.
Best Bars in Jaffa
Yishkon 36, open from 11:00 am. Go from 6:00 pm for a bit more action.
This pub chain started in Mahane Yehuda market, in Jerusalem, and it quickly became incredibly successful. It’s the kind of place where you can get craft beer and pop-corn, but also a good pub-style meal (and it is kosher) and spend a chilled night out with friends.
UPDATE: Anna LouLou is currently closed. It’s a shame as this used to be one of my favorite bars in Tel Aviv. I sure wish they open again soon, perhaps at a different location. I shall keep you posted.
Hapnimin 2, go after 10:00 pm
This is one of the most unique (and definitely one of the best) bars in Tel Aviv. Here, Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, locals and tourists, straights and gays all mix together in what is one of the friendliest places in town. Music is simply great.
Dizengoff, King George and Ibn Gabirol
I must admit I don’t hang out much in this part of town for some reason, but when I do I am always impressed by the chilled vibe. You will find many simple bars and pub style of places, where you can enjoy a beer or a cocktail and grab a bite.
Best Bars in Dizengoff, King George and Ibn Gabirol
Dizengoff 247, go for happy hour
A shop selling any possible tool to prepare cocktails during the day (you can even buy a cocktail mix, in case you want to shake up something but are a bit of a cheat), Double Standard becomes one of the best bars in Tel Aviv at night, mixing some incredible cocktails. There is a good snack menu too.
Spicehaus (Jaffa Perfume Company)
Dizengoff 117, best after 10:00 pm
Tel Aviv Beach
If you come from a beach town like I do, you will definitely appreciate that Tel Aviv nightlife has taken to the beach. A fantastic place to hang out during the day – come here to swim, surf, bask in the sun, play matkot and just chill – the beach is a great place at night, with some good bars. Keep in mind that these bars are more touristy than the ones you will find in other parts of town. Below is a selection of the best.
Best Bars along the beach
Hayarkon 114, best for happy hour from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
A nice bar close to the beach with a nice terrace, good drinks and Israeli music playing. They have buy one get one free on drinks during happy hour.
Imperial Cocktail Bar
Hayarkon 66, go there for happy hour from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
6 Useful Things To Know About Tel Aviv Nightlife
The timings are a bit different
This came as no surprise to me, because I am used to the timings of southern Italy, but you may want to know!
One thing to keep in mind is that people in Tel Aviv tend to go out a bit (or a lot) later than in other places. So while many will meet for drinks right after work and some bars doing happy hour may get crowded at 7:00 or so, Tel Aviv nightlife proper won’t start before 10:00 pm and bars usually start filling up at around 11:00.
Clubs only get really busy at 1:00 or even 2:00 am.
Bars and clubs stay open until really late – 3:00 am is definitely not late by Tel Aviv standards!
Many bars and clubs have minimum age policies
Drinking age in Israel is 18, however many clubs and bars in Tel Aviv will refuse to serve alcohol and some will deny entry to people that are younger than 25. I can’t really comment on this more – I am definitely older than 25.
Look for special events
There is always something interesting or fun going on in Tel Aviv – a bar opening up, a special event, a concert, an exhibit and what not. To be honest, it is kind of hard to keep up with what’s happening, but you may want to download the app Local, which will basically give you a sum up of what’s happening in the location you select.
What you wear doesn’t really matter
One great thing about Tel Aviv nightlife is that there hardly ever is a dress-code. You can pretty much wear whatever you want – as long as you look decent – and you will be allowed in. This basically means that you will hardly have to fret about what to wear, and that even if you get a last minute invitation to go out, you just have to wear your shoes and you are good to go. Coming from a country where everyone dresses up as if preparing for a fashion show, this comes as a great relief!
People still smoke in bars
Although smoking in public places has been banned in Israel, many of the best bars in Tel Aviv still allow their customers to smoke inside. Prepare to reek of smoke and smell like an ashtray by the time you go home!
A Tel Aviv nightlife tour may be a good idea
If you don’t know where to start, which bar to go, or are traveling alone and are reluctant to go out by yourself (though trust me, in a city like Tel Aviv you won’t be hanging out by yourself for long when you walk inside a bar!), you may want to join a guided Tel Aviv nightlife tour such as this one.BOOK YOUR TEL AVIV NIGHTLIFE TOUR HERE
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