New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Tel Aviv is the city that never stops. With that in mind, I decided it was time to join in on the action! One of the major perks of Tel Aviv is its proximity to the nicest beaches. No matter where you are in the city, you are only just a walk away from their glistening shores. So, what better place to kick off and end the night. Better yet, why not start the night early and watch the sunset here too? I mean, when in Tel Aviv… right? So, I gathered my strength, drank ample amounts of coffee, and decided to pull an all-nighter in a fun city that loves to party. Below you will find a comprehensive list of all that I did and the time that I did them, as well as my tips and tricks to make sure this is a night you will never forget.
7:45 PM – Sunset at Jerusalem Beach
We decided to hit the bars instead of the clubs, so we picked Jerusalem beach due to its proximity to Allenby. TIP: Explore your options ahead of time! Though you don’t need an itinerary per say, look into what is in the area so you have an idea of where to go. For on-the-fly recommendations and tips, check out Gooster! Chat with him on Facebook messenger to learn the best places to spend your night. Things will go wrong (i.e. you’re not vibing with a bar as much as you normally do), so be prepared to switch it up in the moment. A tentative schedule may not be needed, but a tentative list of places to go (courtesy of your dear friend Gooster) is a must have. Knowing this, we picked Rothschild Boulevard as our main location, as there are many different bars to choose from in case the ones we planned on going to go wouldn’t let us in. Rothschild is a straight shot down Allenby from Jerusalem Beach, so the walk to and from was easy. Keep in mind that it’s an approximately 20 to 30-minute walk, depending on your speed. Be sure to account for this in your itinerary! As for the sunset, it was the perfect way to being the evening! The beach was surprisingly crowded for the time of the day, especially the number of people still floating in the ocean. Nevertheless, the photo op was not lost, and we savored our last moment of relaxing before the long night of partying lingering over us. With one final touch of light, we waved goodbye to the sun and said hello to our all-nighter experiment.
8:30 PM – Dinner at Hasushia
With our first stop came our first bump in the road. Due to our schedule, we had to plan our all-nighter on a Friday. In any other country, this would not be an issue. However, this is not any country… this is Israel! TIP: Be sure to account for Shabbat! In retrospect, the best day to plan your all-nighter would be Thursday. The buses will still be running, there will be more cabs available, and you won’t run into the issue of the restaurant you wanted to go to being closed. Additionally, Cofix Bar is not open on Fridays, so depending on how many drinks you want to buy, your night will be more expensive. All of this aside, we made the most of this night with the help of a little improvisation. We decided to walk down Rothschild until we found a restaurant that interested us. If you don’t have a budget, I recommend going to Social Club. This hip bistro serves up great food and even better vibes. We went right next door to Hasushia, a sushi restaurant. This place had great sushi and allowed us to linger here for a bit to kill time before our first bar.
9:50 PM – Coffee Break at Arcaffe Bakery
En route to our first bar, we passed a coffee shop. Knowing how long the night was going to be (and considering my friend was already yawning), we decided to make a quick pit stop. It was here that we had our first drinks of the night! Not the type of shots you would typically drink on a night out… we had espresso shots! This gave us a good boost of energy to send us to our first bar. TIP: Since you have now already planned your night ahead of time, make sure you get enough sleep beforehand! Obviously, if you are tired, stop in and grab a coffee. But, the worst thing to do would be to only get three hours of sleep the night before you pull an all-nighter– this is what my friend did. Trust me, you will fall asleep at least one bar, if not more.
10:15 PM – Bar 1: Rothschild 22
Rothschild 22 is a great place to start the night. Located centrally on Rothschild, this bar is perfect for scouting when others get poppin’. This place always plays great music (think current American pop, hip hop, throwbacks remixed), perfect for dancing or just chilling at a table. A perk of going early is that there are tables open– this is really useful if you are trying to linger there for two hours like we did. TIP: For a true Israeli going out experience, order Tubi 60. This mysterious alcohol made in Israel tastes sort of like a limoncello with ginger. Nobody knows exactly what is in it, just that it is 40% alcohol content, tastes great, and requires no chaser.
12:15 AM – Bar 2: Jimmy Who
Once it passed midnight, we decided it was finally an appropriate time to go to Jimmy Who. I’m not quite sure if this place qualifies as a club or just a dance bar, but either way, it sure is fun! TIP: To avoid waiting in line, go before 12:30. This is when the club tends to get packed, as well as the line starts to get long. It’s better to be inside a little earlier than be outside waiting for 45 minutes. As the night goes on, the music here gets better, so if you are not feeling it at first, wait for a little before you decide to bolt.
1:30 AM – Midnight Snack at Max Brenner’s
By now, we needed a little pick-me-up. And, what better than chocolate fondue? We ordered the fondue recommended for two people, which was more than enough for four people. TIP: Grab a midnight snack to break up your night! Here, you can give your legs a rest from all of the dancing you’ve been doing while replenishing your body. Chocolate is a good choice, as it has caffeine in it. We lingered here for an hour to kill more time before heading to our next bar (this also allowed our friend to have a quick nap on the table).
2:35 AM – Bar 3: Billy Jean
Billie Jean is a great bar if you love elevated surfaces. Being the white girl that I am, there is not elevated surface that I won’t dance on– bar, table, booth, you name it! Unfortunately, when we got here, the bouncer was not having it, refusing to let us in. TIP: Go to Bill Jean before 2:30 to ensure you get in!
2:50 AM – Bar 4: Radio
After our lack of luck at Billy Jean, we thought we would try Radio. Thankfully, there was no line and we got in with no problem! Radio is an underground bar that plays different music depending on the day of the week. This takes underground to a whole new level; think dimly lit lounge with a large bar and dance floor that wraps around. This bar offers more for atmosphere and vibes than experience. However, while it’s not my first choice of bars if I’m looking to dance the night away, it is still tons of fun.
3:30 AM – Back to Rothschild 22
After a little while, we were over the music they were playing at Radio, so decided to go back to the OG, our favorite, Rothschild 22. On the way, we stopped by Benedict to check the wait. TIP: Put your name on the list for Benedict. No matter what hour of the night (seriously–when we were finally finished eating at 5 am, there was still a line), there is always a wait. By putting your name in, you can go to another bar while you wait instead of just waiting outside the restaurant. By the time we got to Rothschild 22, however, it was completely dead. Luckily, it is right across from Jimmy Who!
3:35 AM – Back to Jimmy Who
At this hour of the night, there was no line to get in. TIP: Make sure you get stamped when you are leaving to ensure easy re-entrance. All we had to do to enter the club was show the bouncers our stamp and we were in! Inside, the club was definitely less crowded. However, it still had a decent amount of people dancing the night away… literally. The music was not as good as earlier in the night, too. I guess once it hits a certain hour, there are only so many good songs to play.
4:00 AM – Breakfast at Benedict
Finally, my friend got the text saying our table was ready, and we were on our merry way! If you are looking for something sweet, I highly recommend the Oreo Pancakes. These pancakes are so good that you cannot even feel guilty for eating them. On the other hand, though, if you are looking for a savory dish to satisfy your taste buds, I recommend the Eggs Benedict with bacon. With this, comes a drink (mimosa, coffee, or juice), a salad, and an unlimited bread basket. TIP: If you want an Eggs Benedict, but don’t need all of the food that comes with it, order the morning special! For just 45 shekels, you can get any of the Benedicts with a drink and a salad. I don’t know about you, but when it hits 4 am, I’m not really in the mood to stuff my face with bread. After we ate our food, we killed time by lingering and recounting our favorite moment of the night, all while my friend was sound asleep face-first on the table.
5:45 AM – Sunrise at Jerusalem Beach
At 5 am, we left Benedict and started our trek to the beach. It took us a little over 20 minutes to make it here. Once at the beach, it started to get light, and we were able to sit for a bit and take pictures. It was then that we realized: if the sun sets on the ocean… it won’t rise there. Even so, the landscape was beautiful as the sun started to dawn. All in all, it was a successful night. We survived the whole night (most of us) and made lasting memories. And, though this may not have been on your original beach vacation checklist, let’s face it, if you don’t attempt this at least once while you’re in Tel Aviv, did you even go to Tel Aviv?
By the Numbers:
- Miles Walked: 4.2
- Bars Attempted: 4
- Bars Entered: 3
- Meals Eaten: 3
- Naps Taken: 2
- L’s Taken: None
As I said before, it is definitely important to make a game plan for your night. That being said, things do go wrong. Here’s a list of other bars in the Rothschild area that we recommend in case you aren’t ~feeling~ the place you’re at, or -god forbid- can’t get in:
- Lima Lima
- Kuli Alma
- Breakfast Club
Looking for more nightlife recommendations and tips about the nicest beaches in the fun city of Tel Aviv? Check out Gooster –he’s like your intelligent tourist companion…but better! Chat with him on Facebook Messenger. You never know what you’re going to find– it may just as well be your new favorite bar.
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