Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tel Aviv - The City That Never Stops

With so many options for a night out: culture, music, bars and restaurants; with so many events and festivals held all year long and especially during the summer; with so many people coming from all over the country and the world to enjoy what Tel Aviv has to offer; no wonder they call it the city that never stops.

Indeed the city doesn't stop. At any time of the day or night you can find people out on the streets, spending their nighttime in one of the city's many bars or sipping quality coffee at the 24 hour Cafes.

You can choose from a wide selection of night time activities: night menus at restaurants, Israeli music concerts at bars, local and international DJs playing various kinds of music at the city's mega clubs, or a nice stroll at the scenic Neve Tzedek or the hype Port.

Going out in Tel Aviv tips:

When: People in Tel Aviv go out anywhere between 8 PM & 4 AM. Most restaurants are open until at least midnight, offering special night menus beginning at 11 PM. Local bars start the evening around 9 PM - if you arrive later to a popular bar it might take you a while to get in. Dance bars & Clubs are packed by 1 AM and all night long.

During the weekend (Thursdays - Saturdays) "out of towners" join the local & tourist crowd so be sure to arrive early or have reservations.

Age: Bars, clubs and dance bars usually check for ID. The entrance age changes according to the specific place or party, so check in advance.

Tipping: Since most waiters and bartenders live off tips only, it's customary to tip them generously. Either way - 12% is the official tipping rate.

Alcohol: Most bars and clubs offer a wide selection of alcohol, draft beers, vodka, whiskey and many cocktails.

Where: Tel Aviv has several entertainment areas, each with its own atmosphere, people and customs. Each area will offer you the local bar, the local successful restaurant and usually a good place to listen to live music.

The main areas for going out are:

Florentin: A very hip neighborhood in the south of Tel Aviv which attracts mainly the young crowd. Florentin offers a wide selection of bars, cafes and restaurants all located close to the center of the neighborhood on Florentin Street. The streets may not always be that tidy, but if you want to go out casually and meet nice people, that's the place for you.

Neve Tzedek: Being the first Hebrew neighborhood in Tel Aviv, this neighborhood is a collection of small, historical & picturesque houses. Its special nature has been recently discovered and today Neve Tzedek is the most stylish place to live. Due to its laid-back nature, you can find small Cafes and Bars along the narrow streets - a glimpse of Europe in Tel Aviv.

The port: Newly renovated, the port offers the ultimate night hang out with a stroll along the wooden boardwalk or a variety of bars and restaurants open late to accommodate those who choose to spend their time at one of the clubs. The port is highly recommended for a night out during the weekends. During the week, some of the places offer parties thrown especially for the tourist crowd.

Yad harutzim: As you enter the southern part of the city, the venues become larger & louder. Yad Haruzim will offer you the city's Mega bars & clubs, usually open at 12 AM and go on all night long. You can also find here some of the finest restaurants.

Lilinblum & Nachlat Binyamin (Rothchild Quaters):The oldest nightlife area in the city - with every step you take you find yourself standing in front of another bar. These streets offer you some of the drinking "institutes" that have been there for decades and don't seem to lose their hype. The perfect location for bar hopping.

Dizengoff & Ben Yehuda :Two of the longest streets in the city, it seems like every weekend you have one more bar to check out. Most bars are small and designed to fit the neighborhood residents, which means that around 11PM you can't find a spare seat.

On the beach:During the summer, the beach takes its spot as the center of life. Tourists and locals come to enjoy the sand, sun and water during the day and the bars along the beachfront, starting at the port and going all the way down to Jaffa, during the night.

So - what are you waiting for? Take your pick and... Go out! And remember - don't drink & drive!

Think Israel

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