If an effortless escape into the charm of the roaring twenties is what you seek, then the Gatsby Cocktail Room gives you just that. Besides whisking you away into a rendition of a sleek New York speakeasy, the Gatsby Cocktail Room also serves artfully mastered cocktails, such as the Sazerac, the inventive Eureka (served in a light bulb), and the brilliant La Punta. The soft strains of Jazz may cut into your cocktail-induced reverie for just a minute, but Gatsby pulls you in back again, just as quickly.
This bookstore/restaurant is a cozy hide-away for any booklover. It is located in an inner courtyard of one of Jerusalem's first neighbourhoods outside the Old City walls. Other than used books, Tmol Shilshom offers a variety of tasty and unique dishes. There are special evening lectures with local authors and poets, scheduled throughout each month. There are also weekly excursions in the Jerusalem region on Friday mornings. A detailed itinerary can be obtained at the store or at it's website. The cafe is gay owned and gay friendly.
A top notch dance club with a youthful vibe, Oliver Twist manages to attract a healthy mix of students, tourists and a hip crowd into its trippy haven. Located within a refurbished structure that dates back to the 1800s, this trendy club hosts a fantastic DJ and a cool bar trio, besides also featuring a dance floor and a patio for those who don't like to be walled in. Enjoy the upbeat vibes here, along with foot-tapping music and the company of like-minded revelers.
The Toy Bar is a trendy bar that offers great music and even better drinks. The place is divided into three stories, with an upstairs large bar and a downstairs lounge, featuring toys figurines. As the night progresses the lounge turns into a dance spot, where the DJ spins some great dance numbers, to which your feet can't help, tapping. Head here on a theme night for a party you won't forget!
This Jerusalem staple has been a downtown favorite for many travelers and music lovers. Listen to music genres ranging from jazz, blues and acoustic folk to improvisational grooves. Bands like Not Yo Mama, Blue Greene Quartet and Extentra Electric Blues have played here. There are many places to unwind at this bar, both inside and in the spacious outdoor patio. Sports enthusiasts head here to watch important tournaments broadcast on their television screens. Catch live action in games like rugby, soccer, football, basketball, hockey and baseball. The happy hour drinks, kosher food and a mix of Mexican and American snacks keep patrons coming back for more.
Run by Itai Gutman,Herzl Beer is not only one of the country’s smallest brewery but it is also one of the most well-known. The brew pub has garnered raves not only for its range of craft beer but also for the various experiments the owner undertakes from time to time including brewing beer from wheat grains that was sourced from plants that date back 2000 years. Their other popular brews include the interestingly named IPA And That’s It and ‘6% Dude. If you are still wondering whether you should visit this place, know that Herzl beer has been featured in multiple magazines and guides as well as won awards.
Enjoy a chilled cup of beer on tap at Buster's Beverage Company while in Jerusalem. Try their various brews and ciders which come in different flavors like apple and lemonade. One can get their drinks in a cup or bottle. The interiors are simple and decorated mostly with bottles placed on the walls adding a very casual feel to the establishment.
Taste a variety of brews from the Shapiro Brewery in Jerusalem. The brewery contains high tech machines, where the malts and hops are carefully selected to give a raw and tasty product. One can go through the establishment and discover the process of brewing. It is one of the few brew places in the city and therefore one should visit it while in the city.
Besarabia is a cafe-bar, and one of the city's favorite spots to unwind. Along with a range of drinks, some of which are homemade, and an array of snacks, the bar also offers a number of board games and books in different languages to help pass the time. Live music nights are also organized at this up-beat cafe from time to time. Open late into the night, this place is perfect for chilling out with friends.
Located adjacent to the fine dine specialist 1868, Zuta offers a more colloquial contrast to its contemporary cocktail joint, the Gatsby Cocktail Room. This relaxed cocktail haven is designed to reflect more understated tastes, just like its delicious cocktails. Classic, globally favored concoctions form the center of plate here, with splashes of gin, rum, bourbon and whiskey lending a heady mix. The outdoor garden is excellent for a more laid-back drinking sojourn during the warmer months, although the interiors are where the real charm is at.