Israel after hours: Top nightlife locales

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A city that never sleeps needs a specific recipe for success. Luckily, Israel has all the right ingredients. Whether that recipe includes its boisterous nightclubs on the pier, its hidden bars, or its unique and savory restaurants, you can always find something that will keep you up until it’s time to get your shakshuka breakfast. The task of finding the best nightlife activity is tough; fortunately for you, we’ve saved you the trouble and rounded up some of the best places that will keep your head pumping until the wee hours of the morning.

For many, including Israelis, Jerusalem and nightlife are rarely used in the same sentence. However, don’t be so quick to write it off. We’ve found five of the best hot spots in Jerusalem’s city center. 

1Machane Yehuda Market (The Shuk) 

Machane Yehuda
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You haven’t experienced Jerusalem nightlife until you’ve visited the shuk. During the day it’s a vivacious Middle Eastern market and by night it’s Jerusalem’s party central, where the drinks, people, and music tend to spill well into the alleyways. It has a wide variety of bars, restaurants, and hookah spots. All you need to do is walk through the market and you’ll quickly find yourself engulfed with the abundance of options. Some of the greats include Beer Bazaar, Cinco De Mayo, Shuka Bar, Que Pasa, and Valero. You will without a doubt leave this place with a satisfied stomach and a lifetime of memories. 

Location: Agripas St 90, Jerusalem

2Gatsby Cocktail Room

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If you love cocktails and have always wanted to find yourself entering a 1920’s speakeasy then Gatsby’s is calling your name. The journey begins before you even arrive as it is basically hidden with an unlit entrance. Once you’ve finally found your way inside, you’ll be greeted by the hostess who will open a bookshelf into the hidden world of the 1920s. Full of laughter, jazz, and an unbelievable selection of drinks and food, you won’t want to leave. However, be sure to make a reservation prior to arriving as they usually fill up quickly! 

Location: Hillel St 18, Jerusalem

3Rabbit Hole 

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Get ready to enter a different world when coming to The Rabbit Hole. The most amazing Alice in Wonderland-inspired bar with a cozy, yet fun and loungy vibe… you’re guaranteed to love it. Not only is the atmosphere amazing but you’ll drink the best gin you’ve ever had. They have over 50 different homemade gin syrups for a variety of cocktails, and their own homemade tonic water. Even better, all prices are fair and you’ll get the experience of a lifetime. 

Location: Yanai St 3, Jerusalem

Now onto the more obvious nightlife in Israel: Tel Aviv! With a hundred different options for nightlife in Tel Aviv, it’s hard to choose where to spend your evening. We’ve searched far and near to find the top hang out spots you must visit!

4Kuli Alma

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Kuli Alma’s spectacular environment will surely make you understand why this bar was voted best in Tel Aviv. Not only is its underground location awesome, but it also has the best music to make you dance the night away. It has a great outdoor area to chill and occasionally has incredible live music. They also have some great pop-up shops and exhibitions you won’t want to miss!

Location: Mikveh Israel 10

5Drama

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This amazing bar and restaurant is one of Tel Aviv’s newest spots. Hidden in the center of Tel Aviv on Nahalat Binyamin, it spreads across three floors, each with its own unique environment. There’s a groovy indoor bar when you first enter, perfect for a chill night with friends. Head up a few stairs and you’ll find yourself on a gorgeous outdoor patio that you won’t want to leave! Best of all, the top floor is a dance floor where you’re free to show off all your dance moves. Drama truly has it all, with a chill yet upbeat atmosphere and delicious food, you can’t go wrong! 

Location: Nahalat Binyamin St 52, Tel Aviv-Yafo

6The Breakfast Club and Milk Bar 

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The Breakfast Club located at the top of Rothschild Boulevard is one of Tel Aviv’s best party venues. It’s a staple in the clubbing community, with world-renowned DJs, and a constantly packed venue. The club has a mix of music genres that’ll keep everyone moving from electro sets to Israeli funk. Best of all, The Breakfast Club leads you to its sister club The Milk Bar, which offers an incredible bar with disco jams and funk; you’ll come for the music but stay for the party! 

Location: Rothschild Blvd 6, Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Essence Slomianski
Essence Slomianski is a student studying in Israel for a gap year and then continuing on to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was born in Hawaii but raised in Miami, Florida. She loves the sun and beach, and her favorite meal is always brunch.

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