send to printer

Israel Nightlife

31 Yavne Street
Tel Aviv
Tel: 972 3 566 9559

Despite a boom in new gay bars and lounges earlier this millennium, the scene in Tel Aviv's has quieted down—leaving the resto-bar Evita as one of its few surviving holdouts. Named after Argentina's former first lady, Evita inhabits the ground floor of a modern building in Tel Aviv's historic Bauhaus core. Owing to its small size and lack of dance floor, Evita attracts a crowd of all ages, from soldiers to...well...seniors, who come to dine on a light menu of salads and pastas and drink from an extensive wine and cocktail list, including a rotating array of fruity frozen libations.

Ganna 71
71 Ibn Gvirol Street
Tel Aviv
Tel: 972 3 529 0507

Located just north of Rabin Square, Gan HaIr does daytime duty as one of Tel Aviv's top shopping malls, packed with local and international fashion and design brands. At night, when Ganna 71 opens for business in the courtyard, the white-on-white site morphs into an unexpectedly cool cocktail spot. The open-air space has a something-for-everyone setup with a lounge, dance floor, and after-hours kitchen. Low-lit interiors, dark furniture, and stark concrete walls decorated with grandiose, illuminated shots of undersea life lend a chill-out vibe. Unlike most Tel Aviv hotspots, Ganna 71 skews to a thirtysomething—rather than twentysomething—crowd. While the door policy claims to be strict, Israelis are notorious pushovers when it comes to foreigners. Dress up, arrive after 11, and you're sure to get in.

Hamara Bar
87 Hayarkon Street
Tel Aviv
Tel: 972 3 522 6464

The bar at Raphael restaurant is a little jolt of Moroccan casbah on the Tel Aviv seafront. Monday and Wednesday evenings at swanky Hamara center around mod-Arab music and the inventive cocktail menu developed by the 2005 winners of the Israeli Bartending Championship. If you dare, try the apricot martini or the "Jazz," which is passion fruit shaken with Campari, Havana Club, and sparkling wine. There's also a high-end bar menu, such as fire-roasted Baladi eggplant and Mediterranean shrimp ravioli.

Haoman 17
88 Abarbanel Street
Tel Aviv

For years, the Haoman ruled as the club for Jerusalem's night crawlers; this is a bigger, more elaborate branch in south Tel Aviv. Set in the trendy Florentine district, Haoman's enormous dance floor has elevated platforms and a secondary dance floor separated by a peekaboo glass wall. With virtually no press or PR, the club opened in spring 2005 to rave reviews and a rotating roster of nightly parties. This is the place to trot out your best club gear—the doormen are notoriously snooty.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.