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TA watering holes: Off the Grid – Micatronix

What: Micatronix

Where: Ben Yehuda 28

When: every night…fun starts late

No flashy sign, no tables set up outside, no bass blasting through the sidewalk, just a regular and basically unnoticeable door leads you in to the dingy music wonderland that is the Micatronix, but not before you’re buzzed in.
Intriguing right?
Unless you know about this spot or someone takes your there, you’d never know it existed, but that’s the beauty of it, enough people know it’s there for it to be a central hotspot for our too cool for school Tel Avivi crowd, but you’ll never have to wait in line to get in or get your hand stamped to get out.  Totally not designed but filled with good energy , the “Mica” offers different DJ’s nightly who rock out the joint with indie techno electro goodness and a cash only bar with cheap drinks to go along with the cheap thrills vibe.

Heres a great video taken from the last underground party that mechatronics did with Tapud & Yod:

This lovely little crawl space of a bar is a must.  Get to know the people there and you’ll have an automatic in to some of the coolest parties in the city, inside the bar and out.  The Micatronix believes in the simple power of good people, good music and good energy…is there anything more you could ask for in a bar? Check it out…

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TA watering holes: Off the Grid – Radio E.P.G.B

Radio E.P.G.B

What: Radio E.P.G.B

Where: Shadal 7 (corner of Yehuda Levi)

When: every night 9-…?

Inside an alleyway and down two flights of stairs you will find yourself in hipster heaven.  The Radio E.P.G.B is the place to be for all the artsy scenesters in the city and have become a staple in Tel Aviv nightlife.

Like the iconic “Mental” bar that came before it the Radio E.P.G.B is becoming an A-list bar in itself for all the kids who had green hair in high school and wear thick glasses.  The alternative rock, classic punk, indietronic music and the funky décor make this place what it is, not to mention the crowd and the bartenders who obviously are responsible for the good vibes that surround this place and swallow you up into and underground experience that you’ll find nowhere else in Tel Aviv.

While this place is definitely not for the mainstream crowd or for the weak at heart it does have a big fan base making it hard to get into during the prime hours so if you want to nab a comfy spot on the bar or at a table get there pretty early and if you want have a the perfect nightcap on a night out get there pretty late.

Inspired by New York CBGB club and brought to life by artists, photographers and music fanatics, the Radio is a one stop spot for an extraordinary night out.

*Sidenote: if you happened to be wondering what E.P.G.B stands for I’ll let you in on a secret…NOTHING. Admittedly by the owners there is no actual meaning but there are several reasons why they used those letters…that you can find out on your own.

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TA watering holes: Off the grid – The Deli

What: Deli

Where: Allenby 47

When: every night 9-…?

Allenby is making its comeback to Tel Aviv glam nightlife starting with Deli.  This swanky cocktail bar is hidden behind an actual deli sandwich shop and with no PR wafting around the city or the in Facebook world not a lot of people really know about it…but that definitely won’t last for long.

After going through the tiny sandwich bar through what looks like a backroom door you enter into a chic bar with the lights turned down low and good music in the background. A menu with an awesome array of cocktails and yummy sandwiches make you immediately want to taste and sip everything!  After a preliminary tasting of some of Deli’s signature food and drink you can make your way deeper into the bar only to discover a huge dance floor complete with a DJ, mini bar and sleek black booths surrounding it all.  This pleasant little surprise boasts a louder tunage and an underground vibe that is a great way to end (or start) the night.

Deli is brand new hidden treasure in the city and is not to be missed.  Go there and discover the pearly black gates of alternative heaven and experience the best of the best of the best, best drinks, best food, best music this city has do offer.  Just remember, this ain’t your mommas deli…

Make sure you check it out!

 

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The most pleasant summer bike-paths for the sunset-addicts among us

Sun to your left – This pleasant, calm path is easy riding for a humid late-afternoon in the summer – tropic weather under light influence of anise.

Starting point – The Carleton Hotel going North.

Timing – Begin between 6:00-6:30PM, finish whenever you like.

Riding speed – Between slow and very slow.

Path – Carleton Hotel, Carleton Hotel Beach, Voyeurs’ Beach (Hof M’tzitzim), the Tel Aviv Port, Gandhi Bridge and the Redding Power Station, Sunset Lookout, Tel Baruch Beaches, back to Gandhi Bridge and Redding, turn east towards Yarkon River, turn to Yirmiyahu St., go down to Voyeurs Beach (Hof M’tzitzim), go back to the Carleton Hotel.

Equipment – One bottle filled with 1/3 quality anise + grapefruit juice + fresh mint leaves, all mixed well, that spent a night in the fridge together. Make sure you wear a helmet, and have the following: something to lie down on, a bike-lock, mineral water, suntan lotion, iPod (or the like), and a camera.

Going from the Carleton Hotel towards the Tel Aviv port:

You begin pedaling north, with the sun to your left, on the marked bike path.
The riding is accompanied by the sounds of the ocean, music from the beach, and a lot of cool ocean breeze.
You’ll be able to see the surfers out by Hilton Beach riding the waves and the group of wind surfers also starting to head out.

The Ocean Port by the Carleton Hotel has light boats and yachts that really enhance the panoramic view of the sea.

Under the Hilton Hotel you’ll see TopSea that is a restaurant, surfing center, and all-around great place to watch the boats anchoring and get a great view of the surfers.  In the hot summer nights, they move the tables out of the area to make room for Dub and Reggae concerts.

A lot of the Tel Aviv residents’ sports activities take place on the riding path going north like running, power walking, bike riding, but also sometimes vehicles are permitted on certain parts, so you don’t want to taste the anise until you get to the outlook stop later on.

Voyeurs’ Beach (Hof M’tzitzim) is one of the nicest and sportiest beaches in the area.  In the 70’s, a movie was filmed here that became a cult classic, it is shown every Independence Day, and its leading actors underwent extreme changes like becoming completely religious or social isolationists.  The beach has changed a lot since then; it has become more family-oriented and more commercial.  There is a beach restaurant and bar with Moroccan-style hang-out spots.

But what gets me excited about this beach is the name – M’tzitzim means voyeurs– you really get a good look at the most beautiful Israeli women in their tiny bikinis that come to tan on the beach!  Amazing!

The entrance to the Tel Aviv Port area:

The entrance is seen from an impressive view point.  The port area is a truly incredible commercial area that is one of the most unique out of the entire country.  It operates around-the-clock most days of the year.
The port (which has been active since 1965) is made out of California-style wood parquet boards that are great for bike riding.

Great view to the ocean - Tel-Aviv Port

There are a lot of businesses in the port like event halls, yoga centers, bars, clubs, seafood restaurants, cafes, designer clothing and shoe stores, an international performance center, and activity centers for kids.  There’s also an incredible Farmer’s Market that’s open all week long with an extended version on Fridays.
There is a west-facing lookout point towards the old anchoring point for boats that is no longer active; it’s a good place to rest and wipe off some of the moisture from your skin and take some pictures of the area.  There is also an ice-cream shop right next door which can help cool you down in the summer – definitely recommended.

The bridge that connects the port to tel-barouch beach

It’s very easy to get out of the port area and continue riding north towards Tel Baruch beach.  Just look up for the giant smoke stacks from the Redding power station that are visible for the entire length of the trip.  Next to the station, there is a small bridge called Gandhi Bridge that crosses the Yarkon River from south to north.  After crossing, take a left on the tree-lined path towards the breathtaking lookout by the Yarkon River Estuary.

The time has come to take out the blanket, spread it out on the grass, open the bottle of homemade anise cocktail, and enjoy the view and the tranquility.  Enjoy some rest in one of the most pastoral areas in all of Tel Aviv. After sunset, I recommend to continue about 20 minutes north towards the more isolated beaches at Tel Baruch and to enjoy the breeze and the colors of the sunset.  This is an easy, straight ride along the landing strip of the local Tel Aviv airport.

More next week!