Jerusalem Nightlife

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; 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 (

Bars in Jerusalem

Cellar Bar

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.

1 Louis Vincent Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 627 9777.

This amazing 1920s speakeasy-style bar is a hidden gem, in every sense of the word. Once you’ve located it behind an unmarked door, the hostess slides open a bookshelf to reveal the inner bar where the place is jumping to the sounds of swing and jazz. You can turn up, but it’s best to text ahead and reserve a slot.

18 Hillel Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 54 814 7143.

This small underground bar/club is very popular with students and young professionals, and has a bar area and small dance floor near the DJ. It has regular events and performances by both well-known and up-and-coming Israeli artists and is known to be quite eclectic. It is housed within an old stone building and the generous happy hour stretches from 1700-2100.

4 Ben Sira Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 623 4366.

Clubs in Jerusalem


Opened in 1995 and the first of a chain of clubs in Israel, 17 has long been considered among the best clubs in Jerusalem and is still going strong, attracting international DJs and boasting two dance floors where you can groove the night away to a mixture of house and techno. It is located in the Talpiot district and the warehouse-sized venue is simply enormous.

17 Haoman Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 678 1658.
HaTza’atzua (Toy Bar)

Housed in a famous old toy shop, this club is one of the favourites of Jerusalem’s 24-35 set. It is part bar and part club and designed in the style of a New York lounge. There are regular weekly appearances by local DJs who play mainstream Israeli hits, perfect for dancing to. They also serve food.

6 Du Nawas Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 623 6666.
Oliver Twist

Located in a renovated 150-year-old building with a covered outdoor terrace and indoor chill out areas, the historic backdrop provides the ‘twist’ that gives this venue a unique feel. Playing mainstream music, with party nights throughout the week, it’s popular with a young student crowd. A new sound and lighting system was recently installed.

59 Hanevi’im Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: 054 521 2044.

Live Music in Jerusalem

Mike's Place

Part of a growing chain of popular live music bars is Mike’s Place. Live rock or blues is played nightly in a packed bar setting, and they also show major sporting events on big screens. It has a very international atmosphere and there is a huge selection of beers and food available.

37 Jaffa Road, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 502 3439.
Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine, which celebrated its milestone 25th anniversary in 2016, is renowned for its live rock, punk, jazz, salsa & acoustic performances, and is the hottest spot to catch up-and-coming artists. It is located in the Talpiot Industrial District and is a meeting point for musical talent, offering rehearsal rooms, recording studios, educational programmes, performances and shows.

13 Herkevim Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 679 4040.

One of four Zappa clubs in Israel, this venue in the Old Train Station provides a platform for local artistes and international musicians. Covering all genres, from reggae to rock, jazz, electronic and world music, it’s a popular haunt with locals who want to listen to good music and enjoy a few drinks and light bites.

28 Hebron Road, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 622 2333.
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