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Teder Bar & Radio – Season 4

Summer’s here, and you know what that means. Time to chill at the beach and eat sweet watermelons? Yep. But to Tel Aviv’s bar connoisseurs and music fanatics summer means one more thing – Teder’s back!

The fourth season of this popular popup bar & online radio takes it to a new level at a unique location –  an urban courtyard in the south of town. It’s situated right in the middle of Romano House, a crumbling building of several floors with old school clothing shops lining the ground level.

This year’s Teder leaves an impression on everyone. A friend who walked in at peak hours described it as getting a massive slap on the face. He must have been talking about the packed young crowd and the groovy music blasted from the radio van. Myself, I looked around as a big smile came over my face, muttering ‘cool’ uncontrollably.

Catch a seat if you can on a second hand chair and enjoy a refreshing pint of Maccabi lager. Look up and see a piece of the night sky and video art loops projected on windows. If you have the munchies the food cart may satisfy your cravings with an all natural popsicle, hummus, or some toast.

Look for Teder’s entrance on Jaffa Road, right across from HaKishon Street. It’s only open at night since the surrounding businesses operate by day. Come early if you want to guarantee a seat, and checkout their online radio even if you can’t make it. The bar will close at the end of September 2013, so get a drink while it’s there.

Teder smartphone photo by Daniel Paikov

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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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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.