Another View:Boys nights out in Tel Aviv
I recently did a blog on Girl’s Nights out in Tel Aviv, and it’s now time to dig into what the guys can do in and around the city. Like the ladies, guys also love sitting around a sofa, eating, playing football related games and drinking loads of cheap booze.
As my male friends tell me, it’s always a good laugh to get out with the lads and go party. Tel Aviv is definitely one of your top options to have a great night out no matter what size group and at a reasonable price.
The big plus sides are: It’s very safe on the streets, when compared with any other parts of the world, and these streets are packed with sports bars, clubs, greasy eateries; all full of fantastic eye candy wherever you look - all the necessary components of a good night out.
Obviously, as with all things, it takes a little bit of cash and it might be worth pre-gaming at your Tel Aviv Hotel before you hit the town. So take your ID, mates and beer goggles and choose from a few of the places I have already checked out for you below:
Molly Blooms – Is an authentic Irish themed pub which throws occasional live music events. With a highly spirited Irish inspired theme and good quality, burgers, fish and fries style menu, this is a highly recommended place to get a Guinness and watch the football. I wouldn’t advise a group bigger than eight or it might be very hard to get a table.
Located: Near the beach and close to the American Embassy
– Much more American and much bigger than Molly Blooms, Mikes Place is a chain of sports bars with its biggest branch opposite the beach in
Tel Aviv. With frequent live events, pleasant jazz and blues nights and many tourists, Mikes has a fantastic loud holiday feel. The food menu is passable and the drinks menu is varied. You are much more likely to see American football being played on the screens than soccer and the venue can accommodate small to larger groups. Not a particularly cheap night, but a fun one.
Located: Across from the beach and next to the American Embassy.
Bracelet Bars are great, you pay an entrance charge and then drinks are unlimited. Usually there are several restrictions on the types of alcohol but you can have endless amounts of cheap booze. The best of the Bracelet Bars are:
Backy Bar – With a great outdoor space and a lively, youthful vibe this is a great bar to drink and watch the soccer. They have live music (DJ) once a week on Wednesday and the staff are really decent. It gets pretty wild here at times and on certain designated drinking days, such as St Patrick’s Day, the Jewish festival of Purim or any given Friday, it gets pretty rowdy.
Located: Ibn Gavirol 13.
Otto Bar – There are 3 Otto Bars in Tel Aviv: Rothschild 45, Dizengoff 304, and Ibn Givbrol 76. The one you need to get to is on Dizengoff because it becomes a bracelet bar on the weekend from Thursday on. You can drink as much as you want for around 90 shekels. There is a great central bar and pool table and they know how to host big groups. Enjoy!
The Cat & Dog - or the “Hatul ve hakelev” in Hebrew is a well-known haunt for all types in Tel Aviv. Not known for its’ quality but known for cheap drinks and the fact that they let, pretty much anyone in – it’s a great economical way to end the night. The party starts here around 2am and goes on until sunrise.
23 Carlibach St
The Penguin - Continuing the animal theme, the Penguin is a moody but trendy underground haven. There are unknown electro DJ’s from all over and subdued lighting. Nice scene, pretty cheap and friendly. Good place to come and experience Tel Aviv with the locals who also couldn’t get into hip clubs.
43 Yehuda HaLevi St.