What: Taxidermy Bar
Where: HaRakevet 16 (near Yehuda Halevi street)
When: Every night…usually begins to pick up around 11
A room filled with dead, stuffed animals on walls isn’t usually my idea of a fun place to hang around in BUT I’ll make an exception for the Taxidermy bar. This bar is hidden in a dark, quiet, parking lot and not every Tel Avivi knows it exists even though it’s been around for over a year. The music is awesome and the good vibes of the customers and staff rounds out the Taxidermy experience to an A++.
On any given night the DJ’s are bound to blow you away with an ice cream sundae of music; rock sprinkled with the classics, topped off with the latest indies sensations, with electro swirled in and the cherry on top is undoubtedly the fact that there is no way you’ll hear any mainstream hits that you mostly likely hear 30 times on the radio that day. The other “Taxi” inhabitants make the night even more worth it, giving you the feeling that you been transported to a realm of super coolness, where everyone reeks of hipster energy.
The bar itself is just another aspect that will make you want to visit this spot on at least once a week. Like I said before, as a vegetarian and an animal lover it’s a bit unnerving for me to be in a dark space covered in animal carcass and such but I just can’t enough of the big black couches and the outside garden area that would make anyone feel like you’re at house party, you know the kind that you talk about for days.
There won’t be a time that you get to the Taxidermy and feel bored or want to make it an early night, there’s always someone to talk to or a good looking bartender making sure your cup is never empty, whether you’re walking, stumbling, or being carried out you’ll have a smile on your face and hankering for more. This bar is definitely worth a visit, or two or three, whatever you do in Tel-Aviv, hipster or not make it your business to check it out!
Rating on the Hipst-o-meter: Medium (fun for everyone!)
What: The Milk Bar
Where: Rothchild 6 (corner of Hertzl St.)
When: Every night…starts up at around 11:00
This uber-cool bar is hidden away in an alley which is the continuation of Rothchild off of Herzel street. Connected by an underground tunnel to its afterhours sister club the “Breakfast” (which we’ll get into another time) the Milk bar is a fabulously trendy way to spend an evening with friends listening to the best and a newest electro-pop and new wave rock music while downing a drink or two.
The kitchy hipster haven is designed to look and feel like a downtown loft, complete with a living room, kitchen, and even the DJ has his own bedroom. While the music blasts sit back and make yourself comfortable but make sure to dress the part because you will be undoubtedly be surrounded by impeccably dressed Tel-Avivis, both staff and customers alike, that look like they just walked off a photo shoot.
There’s not much to say about the Milk bar, to just one of those places you have to see to believe. Highly recommended and picked as one of the best bars in Tel-Aviv, you don’t want o miss out on what could be a very interesting night, trust me, because when the milks all gone you still have “breakfast” to look forward to…
Rating on the Hipst-o-meter: Extreme (live and breathe hipstosity)
What: Zinger bar
Where: Mazeh 49 (corner of Yehuda HaLevi)
When: Nightly from 21:00 -…?
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]nly 5 minutes from the oh so trendy Rothchild boulevard there is a tiny neighborhood bar that can only be found because of the guard sitting on a stool outside pointing to a sign that says “quiet please”, but the minute you walk in to blacked out bar you know that the last thing you will be having is quiet evening. With different DJ’s nightly and a cool neighborhood vibe it’s impossible not to become addicted to the Zinger. The familiar faces all around really give the feeling that you’re just going over to a friend’s house for a couple drinks, only with better and louder music.
There’s no mainstream yuppiness on this corner and it’s not tough to get in, just stroll in grab a seat on the bar or find a spot on the couches with some other Zinger dwellers and feel at home. On weekends (Thursdays & Fridays) it’s a bit more crowded than on a weeknight and the music goes a little more mainstream but for the most part the tunes wafting through the air are indie-rock with a little electro mixed in, giving you a refreshing change of pace from the “Tralalala” of some other bars in Tel Aviv.
Adding to the goodness of this bar is definitely the chilled out crowd that has made this local bar a second home for the kids in the hood. Everyone is around 25 or older and just comes to the Zinger for a good time with friends and even on the craziest nights you won’t find any girls who forgot to put their underwear on dancing on bars or greasy guys trying to hit on you no matter where you turn, just smiling, drunken faces.
In the 2 years that the Zinger bar has been up and kickin, it has managed to keep its good music, good energy, and good service in check so that locals always have a bar that they can count on. It has also become quite popular with Israeli and international celebs alike, there have been spottings of Bar Rafaeli and even Gerrard Butler there! Anyway, all this good stuff mashed up into one place makes for a great night out…and if it’s a really good night, hopefully you won’t remember it.
Rating on the Hipst-o-meter: Hipster Lite (just be yourself)