Ten Best Bars in Tel Aviv
From Popular Dance Bars to Elegant Cocktail Bars, Hookah Lounges, Hipster Pubs and more...

Wondering where are the best bars in Tel Aviv? The city that never sleeps has hundreds of pubs and bars. 

Elegant cocktail bars, seaside bars, dance bars, romantic wine bars and hip, underground pubs. 

You can discover these bars on your own... Or use this list of our 10 fun places to drink in Tel Aviv, in no special order. We made sure to select bars that are wildly different from each other, so that you can choose the place to suit your taste. Or go bar-hopping and enjoy them all!

So cheers, bottoms up, or as we say in Israel – L’Haim!

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Tips on Tel Aviv Bar Hopping

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  • Nightlife in Tel Aviv starts late. You can have a drink during happy hour around sunset, and on weekends bars usually open early, at about 12 to 2 PM. But the real fun at bars doesn't start before 10 PM on weekdays and no earlier than midnight or even 1 AM on weekends. Weekend nights in Israel means Thursday and Friday. On weekend nights, bars are open until at least 5 AM.
  • Smoking. Be warned. Although officially you cannot smoke in restaurants and pubs, or only in designated areas, most bars ignore the rules. 
  • Paying your bill. Most bars accept cash and credit cards, but check before you run up a bill. The minimum tip is 10% but the standard in Tel Aviv is inching its way up to 12% - 15%.
  • Making reservations. Although in most Tel Aviv bars you don't need to reserve a place in advance, Friday nights is an exception. Take our advice and call beforehand.

1. Best Bars in Tel Aviv - at the Tel Aviv Port
Shalvata Lounge Bar with the best Seaside View

Hangar 28 at the Tel Aviv Port. Tel. 03-5441279

Shalvata bar at the Namal, the Tel Aviv Port

Shalvata is a trendy, seaside bar at the Namal, the Tel Aviv Port for all age groups.

Since it's an outdoor bar, Shalvata is open for half of the year, between April and early November.

We think its the best bar at the Port. During the week it opens at 6 PM, but on Fridays and Saturdays it opens at 2 PM and 12 PM respectively.  Daytime is great for hanging out with kids. There is great lounge seating at Shalvata. 

lounging at Shalvata bar at the Tel Aviv Port

Thursday and Friday nights are partytime at Shalvata with either a top, local DJ or a live band playing. You can dance the night away. We recommend you call and check before you go, to avoid any hassles getting in.

2. Best Bars in Tel Aviv - in Jaffa
Anna LouLou Bar - Cool, Multi-ethnic Hipster

1 Hapninim Street in Jaffa. Tel. 03-716-8221

Anna Loulou is a funky Arab-Jewish bar in Jaffa

Ana Loulou Bar is located near the Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpishim) in Jaffa.

It is one of the few places where everyone, and that includes Arabs and Jews, can truly intermingle, have a drink, dance together and party. Despite all the political tensions in Israel, this bar and its unique atmosphere has a steady following.

They play a mix of  musical styles - electro-Arab, 'mizrahi', African, blues and more.

You'll feel comfortable whether you are straight or gay, Jewish or Arab. Here's my stepson Tom DJ'ing recently at Anna Loulou Bar.

an event at Ana Loulou Bar in Jaffa Tel Aviv

3. Best Bars in Tel Aviv - near the Sea
Mike's Place - Live Music & American-style Food 

86 Herbert Samuel St. Telephone. 03-510-6392

live bands at Mikes Place Tel Aviv Bars
Mikes Place is one of the Longtime best bars in Tel Aviv

Mike's Place feels like a fun pub back home in the States.

There is live rock, blues or reggae music every single night, year round. Mondays and Tuesday nights is amateur night, you can get on stage and play...

Beside the huge variety of beer (on tap) and other alcoholic drinks, they serve lots of classic American style food: pizza, fries, burgers, nachos and chicken wings.

The place is open daily from 11 AM, and gets pretty packed from Thursday to Saturday until late at night. 

4. Best Bars in Tel Aviv - near the Sea
Mendelimos - Young and Restless 

102 Hayarkon St.  Tel. 050-969-5830

Mendelimos Bar near the sea in Tel Aviv

Mendelimos Bar is the place to go if you are looking for a trendy Israeli bar in the center of the hotel beach strip.

The decor is stylish, but comfortable so that the place doesn't overwhelm you. There is a separate no-smoking section setup with sofas.

The good mainstream music, a danceable mix of pop, house and trance, Latin and Israeli tunes keeps up a very happy atmosphere!

dancing on the bar at Mendelimos in Tel Aviv

5. Best Bars in Tel Aviv 
Hookah Place Lounge Bar  

at HaTahana, the Old Train Station complex in Neve Tzedek. Tel. 050-334-9777

best bars Hookah Place in Hatachana, the Old Train Station complex of Tel Aviv

Want to try something unique?

Visit the Hookah Place Lounge in the Old Train Station complex of Tel Aviv (Hatachana) in Neve Tzedek.

They carry 140 of interesting flavors of hookah tobacco to try, which you can mix and match. From the more standard flavors such as peppermint, indian spice, fruity flavors such as lemon, cherry, grapefruit and unusual varieties like chocolate chip cookies, pistachio, ginger and basil!

And of course, you can order drinks while you smoke.

6. Best Bars in Tel Aviv - 
Teder.FM  - Fun, Hip with Gourmet Pizza

9 Derech Yafo (Jaffa Road) 

TederFM one of the hippest Tel Aviv bars

As you can see in the picture, TederFM is in a large, outdoor courtyard in the Romano Building.

They still do live radio, and host DJs and occassionally live music every evening during the week, and on Saturdays from 4 PM. Hip-hop, techno, house music, everything goes.

The atmosphere is young, hip and fun.

And they serve some of the best pizza in town from Israel's well-known gourmet chef Eyal Shani...

7. Best Bars in Tel Aviv -
Imperial Craft Bar for the Best Cocktails in Town

66 Hayarkon Street. Tel. 073-264-9464

The Imperial Bar is located in the small Imperial Hotel near the beach strip. 

We think this classy little place serves the best cocktails in Tel Aviv. In fact, it was named the Middle East’s best bar by Drinks International. 

Besides classic cocktails, try some of the unique, house inventions!

For example, how about their Thyme to Kill, with gin, ouzo, St. Germain, lime, mandarin jam and thypme. The ouzo gives it a nice anise flavor.

Or the amazing, fruity, sour Dos Santos.

Its my favorite with rum, St. Germain, cognac, star fruit, lime, honey and apple cider vinegar!

8. Best Bars in Tel Aviv - around Rothschild
Jimmy Who Bar - Hip and Stylish

24 Rothschild Blvd. Tel. 050-6667337

Jimmy Who Bar in Tel Aviv

There are dozens of pubs in the vicinty of three streets: Nachalat Binyamin, Rothschild Blvd. and Lilienblum Street. Jimmy Who is one of the hottest.

Jimmy Who has three different areas, each with its own bar, so you don't feel like you're in a mega-club. The ambience is unique, combining both a modern and a retro style, with lots of purposely unfinished, rough edges.

live shows at Jimmy Who on Rothschild Blvd in Tel Aviv

The DJs play an 'off-mainstream' mix of house, pop and local tunes and there are live performances on some nights.

Because its so popular, make sure to reserve a place in advance, especially on weekend nights.

9. Best Bars in Tel Aviv - around Rothschild
Shpagat - Best Gay Friendly Bar 

43 Nahalat Binyamit St.  03-560-1758

Evita is the oldest gay bar in the city and has become an institution for the best drag shows and gay community gatherings.

But for the best gay-friendly bar, we vote for Shpagat.

Shpagat gay friendly bar on Nachalat Binyamin in Tel Aviv

The atmosphere at Shpagat is relaxed and friendly. The music is good and the prices are reasonable. There is a young, mixed crowd of gays and straights. It is a good place to meet new people and you'll find lots of locals and tourists intermingling here. 

Wednesday is girl's night at Shapgat, but all are welcome.

When the weather is nice, the crowd spills into the streets.

girls night at Shpagat Bar in Tel Aviv

10. Best Bars in Tel Aviv
Leyla - Yeminite Inspired Drink and Food Bar

55 Kovshim Street near the Carmel Market and Kerem HaTeimanim

Leyla Tel Aviv Bar near the Yemenite Orchard neighborhood (Kerem HaTeimanim)

Leyla Bar is inspired from nearby the Yemenite Orchard neighborhood, Kerem HaTeimanim where the first Yemenite immigrants settled in Tel Aviv. It is also near the freshest Tel Aviv food market - Shuk Hacarmel.

The atmosphere is dark and delicious.

There are delicious 'Yeminite' insipired cocktails such as 'Gat Daquiri' - made with rum, lime, Yeminite 'hilbeh' spice, 'gat' syrup (made from Gat leaves that are chewed for a high in Yemen) and sugar.

This food bar also serves tasy, small portions of grilled meats and other delicacies.

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