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Underground Beer in Allenby’s Pasáž

It was a cold winter night. A friend called and invited me to some bday party at some new place called Pasáž. Feeling bored & adventurous I went out to face the freezing rain. It was worth it. I discovered my new favorite bar in town.

Pasáž lies at Allenby 94. There’s no sign, just a staircase leading underground and the faint noise of music. Follow it down and you’ll see that Pasáž is not a room, but a space. Quirky collector’s shops with hand painted signs operate there by day, their facades providing an intriguing background to the drinkers by night. Not to mention a small tree.

Take a seat at one of 2 bars or on a second hand chair or sofa. The waiters are peppy and the beer is freshly served in hard plastic glasses. Munchies are usually on the house and if you’re nice you may get an alcoholic surprise. Some food is available as well. I tried the veggie dim sums and to my astonishment they were excellent.

DJ’s provide eclectic music daily, from old school hip hop to indie rock. This summer Tuesdays are dedicated to a “Back To Mine” series, bringing famous musicians and DJs to play the music they listen to at home.

Though the music is good, it’s not the main course. Pasáž is an upbeat youngster bar where you can hang out and converse with friends, and if you feel friendly get to know someone new – maybe in the oddly cool unisex toilet, or while playing ping pong, Berlin style, at one of the tables.

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A visit to Neve Tzedek

Neve Tzedek (Oasis of Justice) is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. Located on the southern side of the city, this beautiful neighborhood has become one of the trendiest spots in town and yet somehow has retained its old school charm.

Its main road, Shabazi street, is lined with cafes, wine bars, clothing and jewelry boutiques, art galleries, and at its edge lies one of Tel Aviv cultural icons – The Susan Dallal Center for performing arts.

Over the past decade, Neve Tzedek has undergone a renaissance. Once a poor neighborhood, it is now one of the most expensive places to live in the city. The proximity to the beach and Rothschild Blvd, the picturesque low rise architecture, and its overall chic, have driven Neve Tzedek to become The place everyone wants to live in and visit.

The best time to visit the neighborhood is during the week (IE not Saturday when everything is closed). Come in the mood for a slow stroll and make sure to venture between the streets not just on Shabazi.

The neighborhood is also full of history and many guides offer walking tours of the area. Definitely worth a try.

If its in your budget there are a few boutique hotels in Neve Tzedek. The Varsano, Neve Zedek Hotel, and Nina. You can also check out some short term rentals in the area on Airbnb.com

As this blog progresses, I will write some posts about specific spots in the area but for now here are some of my favorites.

Jajo wine bar
Jajo: great spot for a date
Okinawa: Great Sushi
Tazza De Oro: Brunch spot
Susana: Great lunch spot
Bistro 1887: Breakfast and Lunch
Gutman Museum
Susan Dallal Center of Performing Arts
Dallal Bakery

 

 

 

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HaZimmer

Zimmer, “room” in German, is a fancy shmancy jacuzzi flat screen filled crib, usually located in the north of Israel and rented out to couples for anniversary getaway weekends. This ain’t one of them.

Although about the size of a large room, Tel Aviv’s HaZimmer (the zimmer) is the getaway for the alienated and disjointed. Situated on the invisible border between grungy and hardcore southern Tel Aviv right off of Allenby street, HaZimmer is one of the best spots to catch emerging local indie musicians.

Beer is sold cheaply by the can and music ranges from intricate singer/songwriter to the avant-garde with punk and metal in between. The venue also hosts art and underground events such as a yearly fanzine festival and a cassette festival.

Shows are not on daily, so make sure to check HaZimmer’s website & Facebook page before you go. Entry varies and is usually cheap. HaZimmer doesn’t have a visible sign, just follow the music.