Dining & Nightlife
Dining and nightlife are the major reasons for Tel Aviv’s having come to be known as “The City That Never Sleeps,” alive with a vast selection of pubs, cafés, restaurants, nightclubs and discotheques, many of which are open - and crowded - well into early morning, particularly on weekends. A significant number of pubs and bars don’t close until an hour or two before dawn and many feature live music at least once a week - everything from “dance” and “house” to Middle Eastern, reggae to rock, and jazz to blues. Lounges, nightclubs and dance clubs open their doors between10:30 and midnight and rarely close before 3 or 4 AM. Ethnic nightclubs draw patrons of all ages and feature performers and entertainers reflecting the musical culture of just about every community making up the city’s complex social fabric.
Influences from Turkey, Iran, Greece and Russia, to name the most prominent, abound in Tel Aviv, especially in Jaffa and in neighborhoods in south Tel Aviv - but not only there.
After midnight the serious nightlife scene begins, as Tel Aviv’s residents and visitors from elsewhere in the country flock to the dance clubs in south Tel Aviv and Allenby Street, or, in the summer, to the beaches and Tel Aviv’s various lifestyle compounds - the Tel Aviv and Jaffa ports, Hatakhana and newly opened Sarona - where the partying often continues until way after dawn.
Lilienblum St. and the surrounding areas, with their ever-growing number of bars, bistros and restaurants, often more crowded at 2 AM than at 2 in the afternoon, is one major focus of late-night action in South Tel Aviv.
Neve Tzedek, not far away, is another, and the number of wine and cava bars opening there continues to grow. The area of the city located between the old Tel Aviv Port and the Hayarkon Estuary has also been developing as a hub for nightlife, dining and fun, and newer nightspot areas are developing elsewhere in Tel Aviv too, with clubs and discos spotlighting just about every type of music to dance to. All of this has transformed Tel Aviv into an incomparable center of fun, entertainment and merriment second to none, earning a reputation abroad as well as at home. The city has reinforced its enviable standing on the international clubbers grapevine and itinerary and welcomes revelers from all over the world, drawn to it by the vibe it has created among partying hedonists, with mainstream and electronic music, mega dance bars catering to revelers between 22-30+, local bars that have sprung up in just about every neighborhood of the city this past decade, live music performances, exclusive private clubs (especially those with a Russian flavor), bars, clubs and lounges catering to the LGBT community, the growing Rothschild Blvd. resto-bar scene, and all this and more has had a defining influence on Tel Aviv in recent years. Hundreds of parties take place every week in the city and about 200,000 people are employed in support of the nightlife scene.