HaMezeg (Ha-me-zeg), noun
Translation – temperament [tem·per·a·ment]
1. The combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition.
2. Unusual personal attitude or nature as manifested by peculiarities of feeling, temper, action, etc.
3. The act of pouring beverages.
4. An awesome bar in Tel Aviv.
Established in early 2012, HaMezeg, located in Ibn Gabirol St. at the corner of Ha-Bashan St., is a popular northern Mediterranean tavern which revolutionized TLV’s drinking culture, as the first bar to introduce the now popular unlimited quality drinking model. The bar offers 5 very lucrative drinking plans from 60NIS to 129NIS (and all shots are only 8 shekels!) so you’re bound to get wasted.
Choose your plan, we’re going in.
On Monday nights the bar transforms into a Greek Taverna. Well not really transforms, more like decorated with Greek flags.
He: Greek night! Takes me back to my college days where I would spend many Sunday mornings wondering why I’m on my friend’s porch and where did my shoes go.
She: Yassou! <breaks a plate>
He: Naturally I chose the “Awesome Mezeg” plan and started pounding Weihenstephan with tequila shots. You can’t really go wrong with any Mezeg plan. The beer, wine, liquor selection is great and Tomer the bartender, who became my bff after 2 beers and 3 shots, was more than accommodating.
She: we ordered 3 dishes: Mazetim- 3 small plates of your choice served with bread, an Eggplant in the oven-comes with tahini on top and a Saganaki- a Greek dish of feta cheese grilled in lemon on top of tomatoes and olives. I just like saying it… saganaki! Sounds like a ninja.
He: The food went well with the drink and music. If you’re not familiar with Greek music, you’re missing out. It elevates the energy levels with joyous authentic Mediterranean sounds. Oh and they had a belly-dancer! A cute one too! No sure if it’s Greek or relates to anything at all but a belly-dancer is a win regardless.
She: No smoking inside! Win! It’s nice to finally sit at the bar, being able to do the basic act of breathing…
He: People are chill and friendly. Even when the place is packed you don’t feel overwhelmed by the combination of locals, small groups of friends, girls who came to relax and guys who are trying to get in their pants.
She: At 10pm the place was packed with a beautiful crowd ages 23+. The variety of sitting arrangements made it easy for anyone to find their spot. You can sit on the deck outside (smoking area), with a group of friends inside or at the bar.
She: We are sooooo becoming regular clients of HaMezeg. This place is at a great location and has yummy food and cool atmosphere. Even a non-drinker high on life girl like me had tons of fun on Monday Greek night and my BF finally found a place to take me out to.
He: I honestly didn’t know what to expect before this night, I had my doubts about any place this north on Ibn Gabirol, let alone a popular bar that puts in work from 7pm until late. But I must admit, with a bit of help from Jose Cuervo, the Mezeg won me over.
A place to pregame early or spend a whole night at the bar, the Mezeg is flexible enough to provide a fun night for the “no-I-am-not-drinking-tonight” person as well as the “where-did-the-last-two-hours-go-and-why-is-this-guy-telling-me-about-his-pet-frog” type such as myself.
Either way, chances are you’ll end up drunk and happy by the end of the night.
*All images were taken from HaMezeg’s fb page.