Top 10 Cocktail Bars in Tel Aviv
Known as the “the non stop city”, Tel Aviv has gained a reputation around the world for its vibrant nightlife and carefree attitude. Tel Aviv boasts an atmosphere all its own, some people have called it a mix between Miami and New York having a hip, urban vibe but a carefree fun beach attitude. The city is full of unique bars spread out all over the city, however specialty cocktail bars have become a growing trend and the city features some world class joints.
Some of them are perfect for after work drinks, others are a great place to start the night and some are an ideal to spot to close your night. But I think we can all agree that no matter when you go there is nothing like a great cocktail to make your night. Here are our top picks for great cocktails in Tel Aviv.
Jasper John’s Bar
Although it’s a bit hidden just keep an eye out and you should be fine. Known as a very welcoming place it’s a cozy little bar with a fun, cheerful attitude, great music and delicious creative cocktails. Jasper John’s Bar also has a tasty menu featuring unique takes on Dim Sum, Pizza, Focaccia and more. Plus, as something unique to most cocktail bars in Tel Aviv Jasper offers Aperitivo from 6-9pm, when you order a drink you get a free course of food. This bar is known to be bumping until the wee hours of the morning so it’s a great place to finish your night. (Dizengoff Street 190)
As the largest cocktail bar in Tel Aviv, Spicehaus offers one of the most original concepts for a bar: a pharmacy! Designed in the theme of a medical laboratory from the early 20th century bartenders further add to the unique style by actually dressing like pharmacists and drinks are served in three sizes of laboratory flasks: small/medium/large (a small tip: you can share a large size with some friends). As we have great appreciation for those final “small touches” we loved the little details that really added to the fun concept like the skeleton at the door and the bathroom having hand written calculations and formulas. If you are looking for a truly original experience this bar is a must in Tel Aviv. Happy Hour 6-9pm with 1+1 on drinks. (Dizengoff Street 117)
Concierge is a cocktail bar restaurant, so besides wonderful cocktails the place also offers world class food. The bar offers an elegant, chic atmosphere and gives patrons the option to sit outside on the patio and really soak up the energy of Tel Aviv night life or have a more intimate experience with a seat inside the bar. Happy Hour 7-9pm with 1+1 on drinks. (Dizengoff Street 95)
For Guests staying at Artplus Hotel at the corner Bugrashov & Ben Yehuda here are some great bars close to you.
Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar
In 2014 Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar was the winner of the “Best Bar in Africa and The Middle East” by Drinks International Magazine. Experienced Bar Tenders of Tel Aviv created the bar with the vision being “a temple to the lost art of the cocktail.” Always keeping the menu new and interesting Imperial offers an amazing cocktail list that changes with the seasons. Plus if you feel like having something special and nothing attracts you on the menu, just ask the bartender and they will make an original drink just for you. The bar features an Asian inspired menu and great variety of music played throughout the night. Happy Hour from 6 – 8pm with 50% of all cocktails. (Hayarkon Street 66)
French 57 brings the cheerful, festive culture of New Orleans to Tel Aviv in a fun, lively atmosphere. Unlike some of the other cocktail bars on this list French 57 offers a roomy spacious location. You will also find a lovely garden outback with soft lighting to add to the relaxed atmosphere. Besides yummy cocktails the bar also features a great menu of New Orleans style classic dishes (delicious crab cakes or tiger shrimp and sugar dusted doughnuts for something sweet are a just a few of our favorites) . Daily happy hour from 6-9pm with 30 shekel drinks. (Brenner Street 2)
With a relaxed atmosphere in a bustling environment Double Standard joins the list as one of the newest cocktail bars in Tel Aviv. The bar offers a large selection of unique cocktails and unique crafted liquor made by the bar itself. While a bar at night the location also serves as a refined mixology shop during the day. Bar tending enthusiasts can purchase professional tools for stirring, mixing and shaking their own cocktails. And the high-quality barrel-aged classic liquor is available to purchase and take home. Looking for something different to try? Their unique cocktail “The Charmer” has gained quite a reputation. A vodka based cocktail, infused with garlic and dill, and some bell peppers as well. Happy Hour: 6-8pm with all cocktails for 28 shekels. (Dizengoff street 247)
Known by many as the original craft cocktail bar in Tel Aviv 223 Bar was one of the first to kick off the trend in the city. We must admit that this is one of favorites on the list. There is a cool New York style to the bar and bartenders dressed in suspenders and bow ties give it that extra touch of class. There is no shortage of creative cocktails to choose from and with a constantly changing cocktail list there is no way you will ever get bored with their menu. Happy Hour is from Monday to Thursday from 6-8pm with 1+1 on most drinks. (Dizengoff Street 223)
Aria Bar Downstairs
Aria is a unique location housed in a two story historic building. The upstairs is a restaurant and the downstairs a bar. Aria downstairs lounge bar offers a wide range of cocktails and a wonderful selection of tasty dishes straight from the chef’s kitchen. With a rotating list of the best local and international DJ’s spinning great music from the center of the bar a real party atmosphere gets going later in the night. If you are looking for a fun dance night out, this a great place for you. (Nahalat Binyamin Street 66)
One of the quirkiest bars on the list Moonshine has a genuine look and feel of a speakeasy from the 1920’s. Hidden behind the restaurant ‘Mitbach Lyla’ the bar offers unique drinks in non conventional glasses and interesting metal jars. A classic menu of rich American food changes with the season but some all time favorites are: macaroni and cheese in the winter, and cheesy baked potato in the summer. This is a real neighborhood bar, with a laid back vibe and great live music every Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday night. Check out their “Garage Sale” Happy Hour from 7-9pm Sunday to Thursday. (Lilienblum Street 43)
Finally for those guests staying at Market House Hotel in Jaffa and don’t feel like going all the way to the center of Tel Aviv there is a great cocktail bar in South Tel Aviv not too far away.
Cocktails and Dreams
Known to have a more simple relaxed vibe than other bars on the list, Cocktails and Dreams is a cute, fun bar with an underlying Caribbean theme. An exotic cocktail list and colorful décor add to the playful theme of the bar. Check out their new summer menu with tasty options like mullet caviche in a special tortilla bowel or fresh salmon tartar. Happy Hour is Monday to Thursday plus Saturday from 6-8pm. Friday afternoon Happy Hour is from 2-7pm and Sunday the bar is closed for cocktail/mixology classes. (Yedidya Frenkel Street 4)
We hope you get to try most of these places while you are in Tel Aviv and just a quick tip from us, although there really is never a dull night in Tel Aviv the peak nights to go out are usually Wednesday to Friday. Some places can get quite busy so get there early to get a good spot!