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; https://tickets.bimot.co.il) 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 (www.itraveljerusalem.com).
Bars in Jerusalem
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
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
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
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, 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.