Housed within the famous American Colony Hotel in – as the name suggests – the vaulted stone cellar of the famous 19th century building, the Cellar Bar is the legendary watering hole of foreign journalists. The intimate, stylish ambience is perfect for sipping a glass of smoky red wine and discussing politics. And, you never know who might walk in.
Although there are no official closing times for bars in Israel, Jerusalem has never been known for its wild nightlife. If you're looking to dance the night away, your best bet would be to follow the example of many Jerusalemites and take a bus 60km (37 miles) to Tel Aviv. The nightclubs that do exist in Jerusalem tend to be located in the Talpiot area. East Jerusalem is particularly empty after dark. There's a big overlap between bars, clubs and live music venues - several of the most popular places are all three at once.
Cultural attractions abound in Jerusalem. The best ticket agencies for nearly all concerts and theatre performances in Jerusalem are Bimot, 8 Shamai Street (tel: +972 2 624 4535; https://tickets.bimot.co.il) and Klaim, 12 Shamai Street (tel: +972 2 622 2333). Travellers to the city hoping to catch live shows can also buy tickets in person from the various box offices.
Listings for major events can be found online at the Jerusalem municipal website (www.itraveljerusalem.com).