If you thought that Tel Aviv was the only place to go out in Israel, then you heard wrong. While Jerusalem is mostly known for its historic and religious sites, it also boasts a flourishing and vibrant nightlife with a more chill and easygoing vibe than Tel Aviv. You’ll definitely want to allocate a night or two of your trip in Israel to experience the nightlife in Jerusalem. Whether you’re down to dance or listen to live music, there’s a good chance that you’ll find what you’re looking for. Here are the best bars in Jerusalem to check out during your next visit.
For the best cocktails in Jerusalem, head downtown to Gatsby. This 1920s jazz-themed speakeasy presents a menu of interesting top-shelf cocktails composed of gourmet ingredients. The menu is based on the seven deadly sins and features cocktails like “Back to Black” which incorporates whisky, lemon, strawberry, pineapple, and ginger liqueur. Sway along to jazz music as you sip on one of their perfectly crafted cocktails.
8 Hillel Street, Jerusalem
From the famous Israeli chef and mastermind, Assaf Granit, who stands behind one of the best restaurants in Jerusalem, Machneyuda, comes of the best bars in Jerusalem, Yudale Bar. This lively bar uses fresh produce from the Mahane Yehuda market in its curated cocktails and rotating menu of delicious tapas, which include dishes like beef carpaccio and grilled calamari. The bartenders and cooks are inviting, and you will probably end the night singing and dancing with them. The most exciting part about the restaurant is that you can watch the chefs at work right before your eyes.
10 Beit Yaakov Street, Jerusalem
Casino de Paris
Although you won’t find a casino here, you will find a casino-themed bar owned by the famous Israeli musician Shaa’nan Street. The bar has great energy and staff. Make sure this is one of your stops as you bar hop through the Machane Yehuda Market, which turns into a nightlife hotspot at night after the food vendors shut down for the day.
Machane Yehuda St 3, Jerusalem
The Toy Bar is the spot to be if you’re looking to dance until your feet hurt. Located near the neighborhood of Nahalat Shiva, the nightclub features an upstairs bar area with food and drinks and a downstairs dancefloor. The bar is a great place to rub shoulders with local students.
6 Du Nawas Street, Jerusalem
Another popular bar among students, Sira’s dark alleyway may appear to be dodgy, but don’t be deterred. Although tiny, the energy inside is contagious and the electronic music will quickly have you on your feet dancing on the mini dance floor with the energetic crowd. For many, it’s a love-at-first-sight situation, prompting travelers to visit on repeat during their stay in Jerusalem.
7 Ben Sira Street, Jerusalem
The neighbor, as thebar’s name translates to in English, is located across from the popular Machneyuda restaurant, one of Jeruaslem’s best restaurants. It makes for the ideal neighborhood bar, offering an attractive selection of drinks served by friendly bar staff. The bar is adored by young locals looking for a casual night out with some good drinks – think: cocktails in mason jars and live music.
11 Beit Ya’akov Street, Jerusalem
For the best offerings in live music, head for a night out at Yellow Submarine. You can find something fun going on here every night of the week in all genres from jazz to rock. It makes for an excellent date night or casual night out with a group of friends.
13 Hareichavim Street, Jerusalem
The Barrel & The Tap
Set in downtown Jerusalem, the easy going, English-style pub offers signature British beers and chilled out vibes, and an even more chilled drinks.
33 Hillel Street, Jerusalem
If you’re a jazz enthusiast with a penchant for Middle Eastern food you may have found your utopia at Birman. The bar meshes funk and soul with excellent cocktails, just what the doctor ordered.
8 Dorot Rishonim Street, Jerusalem
Blaze Bar is the epitome of Jeruslaem’s grungier side. The biker bar hosts live bands and local musicians every night along with spontaneous jam sessions and collaborations.
23 Hillel Street, Jerusalem
Hatch is a local favorite. The kosher bar specializes in craft beers and homemade sausages. The place is packed with beer and meat lovers alike who come to wash down a cold beer alongside a homemade corned beef sandwich and buffalo wings.
28 HaEgoz Street, Jerusalem
To get your American fix, a night out at Mike’s Place will do the trick. Burgers, beers, billiard tables, and a reliable bar are the perfect equation for a memorable night out. The bar also hosts live bands and open mic nights, and is the best place in town to catch a sports game.
33 Jaffa Street, Jerusalem