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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 (tel: +972 2 624 0896; and Klaim (tel: +972 2 625 6869). 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 19th century American Colony Hotel in—as the name suggests—a vaulted stone cellar, 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. You never know who might walk in.

Address: , 1 Louis Vincent Street, Jerusalem,
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.

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


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

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

Clubs in Jerusalem

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 its unique feel. Playing mainstream music, with party nights throughout the week, Oliver Twist is popular with a young student crowd.

Address: , 59 Hanevi'im Street, Jerusalem, 20919


This hugely popular venue is three attractions in one: crowded techno club, hip cocktail bar, and well-rated vegetarian restaurant. They offer a number of events including live performances and theatre, and traditional snacks can be enjoyed on their open patio.

Address: , 1 Yohanan Horkanos, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 54 484 0511

Toy Bar

Housed in a former toy factory, this club is one of the favourites of Jerusalem’s 24-35 set. Part bar and part club, there are regular weekly appearances by local DJs who play mainstream Israeli hits, perfect for dancing. They also serve food.

Address: , 6 Du Nawas Street, Jerusalem, 94234
Telephone: +972 2 623 6666

Live music in Jerusalem

Mike's Place

Part of a growing chain of popular live music bars, Mike’s Place is a kosher establishment. Live rock or blues play nightly in the packed bar setting, and major sporting events roll on big screens. The atmosphere is very international and there is a huge selection of beers and food available.

Address: , 33 Jaffa Road, Jerusalem,
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. Located in the Talpiot Industrial District, it is a meeting point for musical talent, offering rehearsal rooms, recording studios, educational programmes, performances, and shows.

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


One of four Zappa clubs in Israel, this venue in the Old Train Station provides a hip platform for both local artists and international musicians. Covering all genres, from reggae to rock, jazz to electronic, and all types of world music, it’s a popular haunt for locals as well as visitors seeking to enjoy a few drinks and light bites.

Address: , 28 Hebron Road, Jerusalem,
Telephone: +972 3 762 6666.

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King Solomon Hotel

This 5-star in the centre of Jerusalem caters to religious Jewish travellers by offering its own synagogue, a Glatt Kosher menu and Shabbat lights in the bedrooms. The stunning views overlooking the Judean hills make up for the slightly outdated décor. The centrepiece of the lobby is a globe-shaped metal sculpture of Jerusalem by the English-born artist Frank Meisler. The hotel is just 10 minutes' walk from the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.

King David

Situated in an elevated position, this landmark hotel is one of Israel's most luxurious and prestigious hotels, boasting a guest list of world leaders, royalty and celebrities. The majestic King David was built in the 1930s and has all modern facilities, with fine views towards the Old City. It’s also a historic building in its own right – in 1946 when used during the British mandate as the British Army HQ, it was the scene of a dramatic anti-British bombing by militant Zionists.

Harmony Hotel

The Harmony Hotel is part of the fast-growing Atlas chain. With a bright and very kitsch chic atmosphere, it makes for an unusual stay in the Holy City. It is located in the trendy and historic Nahalat Shiva neighbourhood, a short 10-minute walk to the Old City, and with plenty of restaurants and shops nearby. It offers spacious, funky rooms designed by local artists, an impressive breakfast, and excellent views from the roof.

Prima Royale Hotel

Outside the Old City and close to Jerusalem’s Downtown Triangle, Prima Royale is an affordable and attractive hotel with one special draw: its goal of introducing guests to Jerusalem’s artistry. Each floor is dedicated to a specific artist, writer, or poet who drew inspiration from the city. Classical music plays in the morning, and jazz serenades you in the afternoon. The breakfast is also delicious.


Hashimi Hotel

The Old City’s ‘newest’ hotel is set in a 400-year-old building right in the heart of the Old City. It’s the perfect base to explore the Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall and Jerusalem’s many other famous sights. The 40 rooms are spread over three floors and the rooftop terrace overlooks some of the best views in town.

David Citadel Hotel

This modern 385-room hotel is a short walk from both the Old City and the new city centre and is just around the corner from the trendy Mamilla Mall. A standout feature is the terrace overlooking the pool, a great spot to indulge in Israel’s trademark big breakfast while gazing over the city. After a day’s sightseeing, the L’Occitane spa is a tranquil spot for a restorative massage.