Jerusalem is not especially known for its nightlife, unlike Tel Aviv. But the area between Hillel Street, Ben Jehuda street and Yafo street offer some cool places to sit and have drinks and enjoy your time. Some streets were crowded when we were here in May 2007.
There is one street, next to Salomon street, with security checks in the entrance which might give you a more safe feeling.
Smoking the waterpipe (nargilah) has become popular thing to do over the last few years.
This branch of the YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION [Y.M.C.A.] was erected from 1926 to 1933 as a sports, cultural and leisure center for the development of the body, mind and spirit. Its three wings display architectural components of symbolic significance for eastern and western cultures.
"Here is a place whose atmosphere is peace where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten and international unity be fostered and developed."
Y.M.C.A BUILDING was designed by A. L. Harmon, the architect of the Empire State Building.
Yes, even in one of the most religious cities on earth there is a small but steady community of Gays and Lesbians and their straight friends as me who just like to enjoy life, music, dancing and happyness.
And the best place to find all this is Shoshan-Gay Bar and Club. It is open daily from 9:00 pm, except on Sundays and on some weekends shows great Dragqueen performances or special parties.
To emphasise this: If you are straight and you go there you will not be harassed in any way! People are extremely tolerant and nice at Shoshans! I went there quite often with gay and straight friends and we had fun every time we'd been there.
On the other hand, the community has a hard life in Jerusalem. There had been attacks against the Pride Parade and Shoshan in recent months. So if you go there you also show your support of the community and they will love you for this!
Dress Code: Sexy, funky or whatever you like. If you like Drag-style, feel free to go there this way. Otherwise just have fun as you are :-)
Ben Yehuda St, and Nahalat Shiv'aa area is a very lively area at night, there are many pubs and restaurants in and around it and its one of the nicest areas to hang out in.
Another nice area to walk around is the German colony area.
As about Pubs and such you can find hang out in the "Russians court" area.
One of the best places to go for a cup of coffee or a dinner is the Nachalat Shiv'a area. Just walk in the streets and admire the beautiful old stone houses. One of the many restaurants or cafés will surely be to your taste.
this place is DA SHiiiT and I mean it of course in a positive connotation. The place boasts two dance floors that can hold up to say 200 and a state-of-the-art lighting setting with digital screen along with all the sophisticated special effects and a Sushi Bar. OK. The bar is really expensive and the food is alright. But what's really cool is that you can check out all the party animals on the dancefloor from a glass window. The best parites are usually held at Thursdays and Fridays, or on special occasions like Independence Day. They usally host really good DJs, some of the best in Israel(and I mean Israel is good in Trance just as Holland is good in soccer, always 4th place!). Last year(2004) they even had DJ Tiesto there(I didn't go. what a shame) Most parties are designated for 24 + and on some other times students and soldiers(usually Friday nights). Entrance on average is about 70 sheckels. yep. it's expensive alright. If you want some more information knock yourself out(not too hard...) and check out their website http://www.haoman.com
Dress Code: I'm not sure about sneakers, it'll be better if you won't wear them. Dress properly. You know what I mean. And if you don't. just observe the way the people in the pics dress up. Don't be too wierd, go there with someone whos older than you if you know you're underaged, it works sometimes. And of course always show your student card, just for the sake of it. A good word of advice, don't argue too much with the security guards or the people who work there, they tend to be very agitated at times.
A really cool dance bar, that is part of the Hebrew University Union Students Club own treasure. The place itself is pretty small compare to say the Haoman 17. It boasts two dance floors and a stage. Each dance floor has its own line of music(R&B in one, and techno in the bigger one). They have on occasions Israeli rockers who make their way on the stage. It's a medium size dance-bar, so you'll find it quite cozzy. Son.. you found the right place. Lot's of young and intelligent chicks. Bear in mind that usually only students flock the place. I usually see a lot of Americans there, if that helps out, coz you won't find too many of them in other dance clubs around. Entrance tickets are usually 50 sheckels if you're not a student and 30 sheckels if you are. Most parties are held on wednesdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for Students, and on Fridays for 23+. Bottom line. Good place, and a good one when you just wanna "get it on", but if you're a real clubber walk back 100 meter to the Haoman 17.
Dress Code: I dunno just be yourself
They say smells are something you never forget. A certain smell can take you back in time. For me, the fragrance of night-blooming jasmine (cestrum nocturnum) in the streets of Jerusalem on summer nights is one of those unforgettable scents.
Night-blooming jasmine is planted in the gardens in many Jerusalem neighborhoods, especially Rehavia. It is a sprawling, very fast growing climber that needs trimming to look nice, but as evening falls, the small whitish-yellow flowers open up and give off a wonderful perfume.
Stroll through the streets of Jerusalem at night and breathe in the sweet, intoxicating smell. But the truth is, the Bible got there first. The author of the Song of Songs waxed lyrical over this heady scent thousands of years ago:
Awake O North Wind,
Come O South Wind!
Blow upon my garden
That its perfume may spread.
(Song of Songs 4:15)
During the daytime, Ben Yahuda St., in the City Center, just off Jaffa st., is a pedestrian shopping area. At night, however, it turns into party central for Jerusalem's youth. Here is where people go to see and be seen, to meet up and go for food, parties and clubs. You'll find outdoor entertainers here throughout the year. If you've spent a long day studying and praying and feel like you've earned yourself some fun and maybe some sin, here is where you should go.
Dress Code: Whatever you want.
I remember going to pub/bar called a "Amazon" one time which was fun, I think it was in the new part of Jerusalem, but it would have been quite close to the old city because of where we were staying
Dress Code: Vey Casual
A group of us from the Kibbutz went to Jerusalem for a few days at Christmas. This is when we visited the Underground.
A good time was had by all!
Dress Code: VERY casual
This was the only strip club to be found in Jerusalem and it was only on Monday nights after 11p.m. The dancing wasn't bad either, it was mainly Russian women drove in from Tel Aviv who did the dancing and they were all in pretty good shape.
Dress Code: Clothing optional
There are good cafes in the center of town in teh Ben Yehuda general area. But the locals are more likely to go to Emek Refaim street or Aza Street, or one of the cafes on Hillel street parallel to Ben Yehuda and two blocks away. There are good restaurants here too. I would pick Aroma, or Fuccacio, or Caffit in Emek Refaim. In Aza street Cafe Filter is pretty cool.
There are lots of good bars in Jerusalem. For a mix of travellers and Israelis, try The Arizona Bar and The Underground. Both on Jaffa street, just by Zion Square. There is a reasonably priced hostel above The Arizona Bar, lots of South Africans stayed here.
The Underground is divided into two rooms. The main bar and the cavernlike 'underground' dancefloor after which it gets it name. This second place is easily missed if you don't push through the crowds in the main bar. I didn't discover it until my second visit. Here they play rave and dance music, until the small hours.
The Arizona Bar is just one room, although you can be invited onto the DJ's balcony over the bar if you fancy yourself as a funky dancer.
The thing that always bought me back to the Arizona was Carlos the Barman. The guy was an absolute nutter with a Tequila Slammer. He'd get one of those strong plastic cups, filling it with a massive shot of Tequila, then top it up to halfway with sprite. Putting a large cloth over the top, he then preceded to jump around the bar bashing the bottom of the glass against the wooden frame surrounding the small bar ( kinda' ranch style as was the theme of the place.)
You ended up with a glass of foaming, not too sweet firewater, which you had to neck in one; more liquid than your usual slammer but it goes down easy. After a few minutes in kicks the rosy glow, hello party Arizona. ( Jeez, was that me dancing on the balcony lastnight??) Carlos got so good in the end he could slam four tequilas a time this way.
Sad to say the last time I saw Carlos he was sleeping on a bench down the bottom of Ben-Yehuda. We tried to get him to join us in our valley, he never came tho'.
Dress Code: Anything goes, including a well slung uzi.