The Best Bars In Tel Aviv For The Best Tel Aviv Nightlife

Tel Aviv nightlife is legendary. 

Whether you are planning to spend a week or a month in Israel, you really need to spend time in Tel Aviv and plan a couple of nights out. This is a city where a new bar pops up every week, a bar closes every week, and each one is offering something new, different, innovative in an effort to beat competition. 

With so many bars and clubs to suits all interests and budgets – from large clubs with pounding music to sophisticated neighborhood bars – you won’t have troubles finding something to keep entertained.

Tel Aviv is my favorite city in the world, and I visit at any chance and spend months at end there. You could actually say I am a local! I have my favorite areas to hang out in town – the ones where my friends and I meet for a chilled beer at the end of a working day. But each time I visit I also love discovering new neighborhoods. So, I know a great deal of bars in Tel Aviv!

Curious about the best ones? Continue reading for a selection of places to hang out, divided by area.

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The Best Areas For Tel Aviv Nightlife And The Best Bars In Tel Aviv

Rothschild and Levontin

The southern part of Rothschild Boulevard, with the nearby areas such as Levontin, are the heart of Tel Aviv nightlife. Rothschild is one of Tel Aviv most interesting streets, with many beautiful Bauhaus buildings, small cafés, bars and more.

I used to live 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! This area offers some of the best bars in Tel Aviv.

Best Bars in Rothschild and Levontin

Radio EPGB
  • ADDRESS: Shadal 7
  • BEST VISITED: After midnight. Things only really get interesting after 1:00 am. 

There is no doubt that this is underground bar one of the best in town. 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. Go there to enjoy a drink and shake your body – but only slightly. There may be a line outside, but it usually moves really fast. It can get very smoky!

Lima Lima
  • ADDRESS: Lilienblum 24
  • BEST VISITED: After 10:00 pm.

One of the best bars in Tel Aviv, going strong for more than 10 years. The dance-floor is always packed. There is a great outdoor area.

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Buxa
  • ADDRESS: Rothschild 31
  • BEST VISITED: After 10:00 pm.

This is the perfect place to hang out if you appreciate sophisticated design. There is a collection of designer toys, as well as regular art exhibit by up-and-coming artists. You will find a large dance floor on the ground floor, and a great terrace on the top floor.

Bellboy
  • ADDRESS: Berdichevski 14
  • BEST VISITED: Go for happy hour, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, when you can get 1+1 on all drinks.

Located inside the Berdichevsky Hotel, you will find a retro-style place and great cocktails. The atmosphere – apparently sophisticated – is more easygoing than you can imagine!

Make sure to look for Butler, a one-room bar inside the Bellboy. It’s perfect if you are looking for a more intimate place.

Levontin 7
  • ADDRESS: Levontin 7
  • BEST VISITED: Open from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am.

This small underground bar is one of the best for a sophisticated scene. You can expect to find live music most nights, featuring local artists. 

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The Prince is one of the best bars in Tel Aviv

Allenby

Allenby may lack the charm of Rothschild during the day, but the bars there are super easygoing. There is a good selection of pub-like places (where you can also enjoy a bite), jazz clubs and clubs.

Best Bars in Allenby

Kuli Alma
  • ADDRESS: Mikveh Israel 10
  • BEST VISITED: After 10:00 pm.

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 with live music. You will definitely enjoy the vibe and the decorations. 

The Prince
  • ADDRESS: Nahalat-Byniamin 18
  • BEST VISITED: Open from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am, go after 9:00 pm.

This place is an institution! 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; 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. 

Minzar
  • ADDRESS: Gedera 28
  • BEST VISITED: Open 24 / 7

This is my favorite bar in town, the first place I go to for a drink when I finally put my bags down. 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 indoor as well as outdoor 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. 

Pasaz
  • ADDRESS: Allenby 94
  • BEST VISITED: After 10:00 pm.

Located in an underground passage right on Allenby, this is a cool hipster place with vintage furnishing and good music. It’s very easy going. 

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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. 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

Hoodna Bar
  • ADDRESS: Abarbaner 13
  • BEST VISITED: After 10:00 pm.

One of the best bars in south Tel Aviv, you will usually find live music by Israeli artists, good drinks that don’t cost an arm and a leg, some food and a very easygoing vibe. 

Teder FM
  • ADDRESS: Derech Jaffa 9
  • BEST VISITED: After 10:00 pm.

If you want a hipster place for your night out in Tel Aviv, this is the one. 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. 

Haoman 17
  • ADDRESS: Abarbanel 88
  • BEST VISITED: After 10:00 pm.

Without a doubt one of places 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. 

The Block 
  • ADDRESS: Shalma Road 157
  • BEST VISITED: After 10:00 pm.

A bit of a difficult place to reach – you will need to get there by bus or by cab (make sure to download Gett), it actually is a great, immense nightclub where you will find 3 different halls – a main dance floor, a smaller one and a lounge, all connected by shiny corridors.

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Jaffa

Jaffa is the oldest neighborhood in town. The best bars are found in the area around the flea market.

Best Bars in Jaffa

Beer Bazaar
  • ADDRESS: Yishkon 36
  • BEST VISITED: 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. 

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Dizengoff, King George and Ibn Gabirol

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

Double Standard
  • ADDRESS: Dizengoff 247
  • BEST VISITED: 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) 
  • ADDRESS: Dizengoff 117. The sign outside says “The East Jaffa Perfume Company.”
  • BEST VISITED: After 10:00 pm.

I have only been to this place once, but I loved it! You will hear it called “cocktail bar pharmacy” – because bartenders are dressed like pharmacists and cocktails are served in beakers. It’s definitely one of the best bars in Tel Aviv for cocktails. 

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Tel Aviv 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 they are more touristy than the ones you will find in other parts of town.

Best Bars along the beach

Patio
  • ADDRESS: Hayarkon 114
  • BEST VISITED: 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
  • ADDRESS: Hayarkon 66
  • BEST VISITED: Happy hour from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

This classy bar that serves delicious Asian staples plays music that goes from rock to jazz. If you go for happy hour, all drinks are half price.

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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!

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 pm 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 that 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. It is actually 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 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 shall not 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.

People still smoke in bars

Although smoking in public places has been banned in Israel, many 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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