Thank you for writing. It really means a lot to me! I am excited for your journey to the best bars and clubs in Tel Aviv – mind you, you have to take it slow: this really is a city that never sleeps!
I’d love to introduce you to the nightlife culture in Tel Aviv: Israelis drink a lot of beers. In fact, that’s what everyone orders every time they go to a club. It’s cheap and of course, it makes you drunk. There are a few cocktail bars here but it’s not as full as the others. They are very expensive!
Late dinner before a night out is also a thing in Tel Aviv. I swear, I never had dinner after 9:00 pm but in Tel Aviv, they like to do it late.
Good luck and I hope you’ll have fun exploring the bars and clubs in Tel Aviv! FYI, there’s a lot of places to go in Tel Aviv for nightlife but I only included those I frequented in this list.
Pre-game also known as the relaxing places where you will eventually start getting drunk
For someone who’s a fan of day drinkingI particularly learned the art of day drinking in The Prince. Located at a rooftop, it’s very easy to feel the drinking vibe in here during the day. I always come here, especially when I had friends and family visiting me in Tel Aviv. I think it’s a great place for visitors who are getting to know the . bars and clubs in Tel Aviv. I am remembering all the afternoons I spent there and I would really like to have a cold beer now!
A bottle of beer at The Prince costs 30 NIS ($8.42 USD approx). Food prices start from 30 NIS to 60 NIS ($16.84 USD)
For dinner and maybe a few shotsMy first visit to the Egyptian inspired Port Said was a tedious one. You see, this place is always full so there is no f#$cking way that you will have a table without a reservation, most especially on weekends. Or any day for that matter. One way or another, you really have to wait and bear the long line(s). I totally understand why it’s always packed. The moment you sit down the chilled outdoor area, an eclectic force will cover your whole body which will make you feel you are in a different dimension, existing in a different world, surrounded by an uber-cool hipster crew. You know how we always say “good vibes (GV)” but not really feeling it in every vein in our bodies? Port Said will give you the legit GV with a nostalgic splendour and you don’t even need to ask for it.
If you are going to be drinking the whole night, you need to eat. Food will keep coming, I tell you. And not just food. Great food. Outstanding food. Designed by top chef Eyal Shani, Port Said’s menu is a variation of meat, vegetables, and shitloads of tahini. Think roast beef Carpaccio, bread (a lot of bread), rooster sandwich, baked potato, cured eggplant, joined with shots of tequila, earthy cocktails and Israel’s pride — the Gold Star beer. Put everything together (vibe, food, drinks) plus Egyptian music. Can we just admit that’s super hard to beat?
Food prices start at 30 NIS ($8.42 USD) to 55 NIS ($15.44 USD) approx. A bottle of beer at Port Said costs 30 NIS ($8.42 USD).
For the hungry (and the thirsty)When I am too hungover from the previous day and want to eat before another night starts, I definitely go to Bicicletta. Their food portions are very generous and their menu is really great. The place is very cozy and can accommodate big groups.
A beer at Bicicletta starts from 35 NIS ($9.82 USD) [see Bicicletta Tel Aviv menu]
For those who want to be away from the bustling city centerCuckoo’s Nest is a few blocks away from my apartment in Jaffa, hence, I frequented the place. It has the same owner as The Prince so the vibe is pretty similar. Ever since this place opened, I’ve been bringing guests and friends here. They have a monthly installation art from different artists in Tel Aviv so it makes it a meeting place for creatives.
A beer at Cuckoo’s Nest starts at 35 NIS ($9.82 USD). Food prices start from 30 NIS to 60 NIS ($16.84 USD)
For cheap drinks and generous happy hoursAs you know, the drinking habit in Tel Aviv can become really really expensive but Salon Berlin will make up for that! They have very long happy hours and beers are cheaper than the others, considering this is just a block away from the expensive Port Said. It has outside areas good for day drinking and now that I’m typing it, I am remembering how much day drinking I did in this place!
Tipsy hits: from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am
For the artistsI have to be honest I never frequented Kuli Alma until three of my artist friends did their exhibit here. This club goes downwards (literally underground) so you might lose your sense of time here. Kuli Alma has always been voted the best bar in Tel Aviv because of its outdoor area, live music and another room for just dancing. It really is for all types of people! They also have the famous Tubi slushie that I only tried once. I didn’t like it.
A bottle of beer at Kuli Alma costs 35 NIS ($9.82 USD)
For those who want to dance early and socialize in betweenMost nights, you are not in the same vibe as your friends. So when you argue on where to go at 10:00 pm, Sputnik is the place. They have a dance floor inside with super cool DJs playing and an outdoor area where you can talk in peace. It’s a win-win situation for groups who have half drunk and half wasted people. Everyone will enjoy Sputnik! This is also located in a very famous avenue (Allenby) so expect that it’s busy starting at 10:00 pm!
A bottle of beer at Sputnik costs 40 NIS ($11.23 USD)
For pure dancing and underground musicI only go to Alphabet when there are events. The music scene here is really distinct compared to the other clubs in Tel Aviv. They play techno and creative trance with a bit of Middle Eastern tunes. People start flocking the alphabet at 11:00 pm, and more after midnight. You can’t really talk here so tell your friends to get drunk before entering Alphabet!
A beer at Alphabet Club costs 40 NIS ($11.23 USD)
For an outdoor concert vibeSit wherever you want and enjoy the music – this is the ultimate Teder vibe! Teder.fm was born as an online radio station pop up broadcasting every summer from a bar somewhere in Tel Aviv. After a few years of bar hopping, they decided to stay in this one cool place in Jaffa! This is also a few minutes walk from where I live so I frequented this place. I almost went to all the events they had because the artists are really good!
Beers at a stall in Teder.FM starts at 30 NIS ($8.42 USD)
Drunk times: after 1:00 amI’m sure there are more clubs open after 1:00 am but the Breakfast Club is always my final destination. This club always put the best DJs in town. There are even guest DJs from outside Israel in some months! They play techno and house music. The Breakfast + Milk Club is also an underground bar so watch out — you’ll never notice the sun rising! For my birthday in 2016, I remember going out of here at 11:00 am without even realizing it’s almost mid-day!
This club is also located in a popular avenue, Rothschild. After this drunk times, there will be a lot of food places open in the area.
Which bars and clubs in Tel Aviv did you visit?
Have you been to Tel Aviv? Did you enjoy the nightlife? What other bars and clubs can you recommend for tourists to visit? Leave your recommendations in the comment box below! Let’s help other travellers have a great time in Tel Aviv!