Tel Aviv, the new LGBT capital of the world!
By: Ardon Wesly
It’s not the most common destination that comes to mind when you frequently follow the news, but in the LGBT community, Tel Aviv is in the top 5, maybe even 3 places to visit in the world.
Amidst a conflict that’s been going on for decades, is a true Garden of Eden, called Tel Aviv.
A paradise on earth for everyone that loves: great weather, long stretches of beach, amazing variety of people and cultures and not to forget probably one of the better nightlife scenes in the world.
We’ve spoken to Tal Argaman, who decided a couple of years ago to leave his small town village in Israel and move to where it all happens: Tel Aviv.
Tal took us on a tour through the Sin City of the Middle East and provided us with great insights and tips that will show Tel Aviv as the LGBT capital of the world.
And the cherry on top of it all? Next Friday is the yearly Pride Parade, but obviously the celebrations start long before, and end only far after the official event. Enjoy!
Haoman 17 (Forever, Drek and Arisa venue)
One of Tel Aviv’s biggest dance clubs, it is home to the biggest LGBT parties in the city: Forever and Drek.
Both events are hosted on Fridays, where the club is in light of the LGBT community. The Forever venue is mostly house and techno, whereas the Drek venue is more main-stream and also hosting many straight visitors.
Arisa is something else entirely. It offers a more Mediteranean/Oriental vibe, where the music style is “Oriental Style”, or as they call it Mizrahit, in Hebrew. It usually takes place on Thursdays, but make sure to check out their Facebook page before planning to go there. https://www.facebook.com/arisa.party/
All three venues continue until the early morning hours and promise a memorable night.
Prices at the door vary between 50 and 100 Israeli shekels. Please note that there are other days where the club is open, but they are not LGBT related.
Address: Abarbanel 88, Tel Aviv – View on map
Hangar 11, Tel Aviv port (FFF Shirazi)
Hangar 11 is a big venue place in the port of Tel Aviv, and hosts many concerts and other cool events.
On Friday, however, the Pride flag is risen high until its ceiling, where it hosts the weekly FFF Shirazi venue.
Similar to the Drek venue at Haoman 17, FFF Shirazi will blow your mind with techno and house music.
Address: Rehov Yorde Hsira 1, Tel Aviv – View on map
Lima Lima is a small and very intimate dance bar that has been famous in the LGBT community for many years. It hosts many cool nights throughout the week, but Monday’s are the nights that you need to be there.
The music style is hiphop and R&B, so if you’re more into electronic music, Lima Lima is not your venue.
The club is located in parallel to the Rotchild Boulevard on Lillenblum street and prices are around 70 Israeli Shekels.
Address: Lilienblum St 42, Tel Aviv – View on map
Do yourself a favor. Don’t party throughout the night and recover beneath the covers in your room at the hotel (whether you’re alone or not is besides the point). Get off your well-trained asses and head out to the beach. Specifically Geula and Hilton beach are where the LGBT community seems to be assimilated. Hilton beach can easily be recognized by the sun umbrellas; which have the Pride flag printed on them.
Other cool things you should know
Just looking for a bar and not a crazy party venue per se? Shpagat is a small cozy bar on Nahalat Binyamin Street (right off of Rothchild Boulevard), but don’t be surprised if people are dancing on the bars with their shirts off.
Looking to meet some cool new people and literally blow off some steam? Try the New Sauna on Carlibach Street.
If you’re the mobile app type of person, Grindr is very popular in Tel Aviv. There’s also a local app called “Atraf”, if you’re just looking for a good time and meet cool new people.
Whether you’re gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, bisexual, white, black, Jew, Muslim, Christian, Tel Aviv is a true paradise on earth. No matter what your background or sexual preference is, it should definitely be on your to-do list.
See you at Pride Week in Tel Aviv!