There are lots of good bars in...
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.
Quiet nights in the old city
Nightlife in the old city is very quiet. It is safe to walk around, but everything is closed and there are just a few street vendors.
If you look for bars, restaurants, discos, etc.. head to the modern city outside the walls, that is much less fascinating but with an active nightlife scene.
Chakra: 50s style
Great bar/restaurant in centre of town. Attracts essentially a late 20s/early 30s crowd (but not exclusively) with good music, great ambience, slightly faded round the edges. Large semi-circular bar dominates the downstairs, lots of faded velvet drapes and 50s style furniture. Upstairs has a little less atmosphere.
Dress Code: Anything goes - stays open late
The Old City: The Lights of the City
Old Jersusalem viewed at night is quite spectacular. The Western Wall is well lit and many people are still milling about and saying their prayers at the wall.
They have events at the Citadel, so check with you hotel for a listing.
Dress Code: As everywhere in Jerusalem, people are dressed very casually. But of course ladies have their heads and shoulders covered for entrance into the holy places.
There is realy nice pub called...
There is realy nice pub called 'Sindrom' (ironiclly !!). it's a realy nice place with nice people and not rude ones. 2 more nice places which are coffe-pubs (you can eat good food there and drink), very nice people there are 'Link' & 'Shanti'.
realy cool hang-out (if you don't feel like go dancing.
Cuase i Live In Jerusalem. !!!!
Dress Code: Casual. Jeans and T.
Feel free to dress in style. it's making a good impression.
Jerusalem Cinematheque: Celluloid Nights
Probably one of the nicest located cinemas in the world overlooking the Hebron Valley and the walls of the Old City. Two auditoria, schedule of the old and new, late night screenings at weekends, home of the International Jerusalem Film Festival. The General Manager - Lia van Leer - is an institution in her own right in Israel, and was one of the first to (successfully) challenge the religious stranglehold in the city on not allowing anything to be open over the sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset)
Dress Code: anything
Tzuf Bar: Dance Bar
Fantastic dance bar next to the Cinematheque on Hebron Rd. Enter into the covered courtyard and a circular bar sits proudly in the centre of the room. Rough hewn stone walls and ground, tables and chairs on the perimeter. 'L' Shaped room at far end is where the action takes place - long stem of the L is the bar and a few stools, DJ in the corner, tables and chairs scattered round the rest of the room, cushioned window seats looking down into the Hebron valley and onto the floodlit walls of the Old City. When this places gets going, it really gets going. Every bit of floor space is taken up by moving bodies - move those tables! Incredibly friendly enviroment, both staff and clientele that hang out here.
Dress Code: This is Israel! Whatever goes...
In Jerusalem you can go to the...
In Jerusalem you can go to the theatre (I don't remember the name of the theatre I was).
The show I visited was a performance of the folklore dancing group Tzabarim. This group excist of boys and girls born in Jerusalem. The dances they show are Arabian and Israeli.
Cinemateq: Multilingual Cinema
The Cinemateq offers a wide range of films not only in Hebrew or Arabic but often in English, French, ...
(Ask beforehand if they show a movie with sub-titles in original or dubbed)
Dress Code: None
- Arts and Culture
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra: The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
This orchestra is not as famous as the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra (based in Tel-Aviv) but still, this orchestra has a great standard of performance guarantee for the classic music lovers.
One picture better then 1000 words
Just see how peaceful and relax it can be at night. Life is not like seeing on TV, so when you visit this area you find out what is the real life in this place.
Jerusalem at night
There is always a good party somewhere in Jerusalem, you will just need know where to find it, ask the locals, in your hotel, in the pedestrian street, anywhere, if you don't ask you will not know.
Jerusalem: Bumping in to Friends
We bumped in 2 girls we knew from a neighbouring Kibbutz in the Galilee, in Jerusalem at Christmas............Small World!
Dress Code: As you can see, Very Casual
Underground Pub: Underground Pub
Myself & Helen at the Underground, Jerusalem New City.
I hate beer & Lager, so I was very surprised when I got this photo back!
Dress Code: Very Casual
I think you can find nightlife...
I think you can find nightlife in the suburbs and in New Jerusalem (outside the gates). There's no nightlife in the old city as far as I know.
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