Tel Aviv is a beautiful city in all respects, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll ever stop mentioning that I’m in love with it. The only thing that can ruin your stay there is the prices. But it would be a shame not to enjoy it! Where to stay, where to have breakfast, where to go for cocktails, what to bring back from the trip, except for hummus, and how to get what you can out of the city – let’s start from the Florentin area.
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I write about food at rare occasions, but there are times when it’s simply impossible to remain silent. Cocktail Bellboy has long been famous for its drinks, service and the atmosphere of an absolutely pulled-out-of-reality place. When they began to publish ‘teasers’ of what was called #magicalbrunch on Instagram accounts they increased their credibility in my eyes. These guys know how to take you to the garden of pleasure, indulgence and hedonism in the heat of the day.
Before I departed to Tel Aviv, only the lazy did not tell me that the great and mighty bartender of all of Israel Bar Shira had opened a new place (in fact, even more than one). And it’s a must-visit place! Sure thing I must, I thought! The legendary Imperial alone is worth it all. And so I go to the flea market in search of the neon Motel sign, looking for a detached beautiful building (what was I thinking?) And I can’t find anything. I check the address, raise my head – and here it is, Motel, just like a real motel that is put together from everything at disposal.
One of the smartest decisions taken during that wintertime was to go for a month and a half to my beloved Tel Aviv (read, the best city on Earth). And even though I arrived in the city during the season of weak grainy rains, nobody canceled the miles of walking with methodical bar and café hopping. For that reason, a large report awaits you, which I’ll start with the new place – Cafeteria.tlv – that has ‘cluttered’ all local bloggers’ Instagram accounts.
Cocktail bars in Tel Aviv, just like in the rest of Israel, are still not so trendy. Apart from several exemplary bars, such as Imperial Craft Cocktails, which was chosen to be the best bar in the Middle East several times, and the beautiful Bellboy Bar hidden behind the heavy curtains of Berdichevsky Hotel, the keystone of the streets of this hot and noisy city is offering simple and familiar drinks, free chasers from a bartender, and most importantly – environment for nonstop talking. These are the reasons why people go to a bar. This is why they meet after work for a glass of beer during these precious happy hours. Here one goes for a cocktail only on a special occasion: when you are on a date or you are celebrating a holiday, and one doesn’t stay long: the average Israeli is fine with a cocktail or two. Where there’s demand, there’s supply, so it’s not strange that in the middle of the very hipster district of Tel Aviv – Florentine – there is a small bar – Cocktails & Dreams – which is somewhat between a cocktail bar and a place where one can casually drop in, probably just for the sake of air conditioning.
The old port in Jaffa is a place of energy. The city, which is more than 2000 years old, cobbled streets polished with thousands of feet, amazing views of Tel Aviv, flamboyant schooners and fishermen, street musicians, graffiti and, of course, restaurants and bars. There is hardly a place in Tel Aviv without a cafe or bar. And then there’s an entire old port with its hangars and barracks. Why not to drag a cargo container into such a hangar and make a bar in it? Actually, there was no reason not to do it, so that’s why today I am writing about Container – a truly wonderful place, where I once snatched two shot glasses.
Secluded on a small street leading to the Rothschild Boulevard, the Berdichevski Hotel hides the real treasure of Tel Aviv’s cocktail world. It is not so easy to get into Bellboy Bar, which is covered with heavy velvet curtains, so it’s better to make a reservation in advance. It’s yet a special pleasure to watch the bartender in black gloves, especially from the first row. Making my way almost in pitch darkness for our table, I thought that I had got into the movie “Prestige” – and something very out of the ordinary would definitely happen, and the music that was playing suggested that it could be Fitzgerald at Gatsby’s arm coming out “from the closet”.
- Girls, what are you drinking? This is for you from the bar - let's have fun together!
This Tel Aviv bar Tailor Made is hidden in the courtyards of the endless shops of Allenby, so it’s quite easy to miss it. It’s not easy to understand that the little booth with a sewing machine actually points to the very turn, behind which this beautiful place appears to be. You can hardly call it a bar: the terrace smoothly flows into the inner courtyard, where everything is arranged as if a local wedding is about to begin and the tables are covered for all the neighborhood, from there on you can sneak to the elegant bar counter, from which you can see another hall with soft armchairs and a DJ stand. It seems that it is as endless as the street itself, and you gradually fall, get absorbed by it, like Alice in Wonderland.