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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.

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TA wateringholes: Under the influence – Nylon bar

Nylon bar

What: Nylon

Where: Dizengoff 99

When: every night 10-?

Nylon bar is a brand new diamond in the rough with extreme “stay out late because it’s great” potential.  What does this mean you ask? Well let me give you some background.  I, along with the other hoards of bar-goers in this city, am very choosy about where I can spend an entire evening getting my drink on, so to speak.  This new and what I believe to be red hot bar is located in a space where for the past 2 years bars have come and gone, unsuccessfully gaining the love and loyalty of my fellow Tel-Avivians, but I have an inkling that Nylon is exactly what the doctor ordered because when I walked in to “just check it out for a few” I ended up staying until the wee hours of the morning…and friends, that’s says ALOT.

I got to the pre-opening  of Nylon pretty early, grabbed a seat at the bar and watched the beautiful weirdos of Tel Aviv trickle in and an hour after I had gotten there both the bar and the tables where filled.  The design is a combination of S&M dungeon and artist studio with chains hanging from the ceiling and murals  on the wall and the music is pretty indie (no of the moment pop hits) loud, not crazy dance bar loud but not intimate conversation level either.  You can also find all your favorite regular drinks here too but in accordance with the new trend of bars in the city Nylon has a pretty impressive cocktail menu, so if that’s your thing this spot is aces for it.  The vibe of the crowd there was pretty laid back but a lot of good energy and smiles.  The bartenders also seem to have their stuff together even though the place is so new there were no obvious glitches and the alcohol was flowing smoothly.

All and all, I’m definitely a fan of Nylon and will definitely be a returning customer, go an check it out I have a feeling this bar will be able to grab the attention of the Tel Aviv crowd.

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TA wateringholes: Under the influence – Stereotype bar

The Stereotype bar

What: Stereotype

Where: Allenby 99

When: every night 10-?

CALLING ALL MISFITS, HAVE WE GOT A PLACE FOR YOU! Stereotype has become the new home base for all the anti-mainstreamers of Tel Aviv.  The blacked out bar on the corner of our beloved Allenby Street, which seems to be making a comeback in “the scene”,  caters to a hipster crowd, who’s only mission in nightlife is to make sure that everyone knows that they are too cool to fit in.

Located in the a building that served as the first court house in Tel Aviv in  1920’s, Stereotype has been able to expose the beauty of the old architecture combined with fresh bar design to give this city a bar with true urban aesthetic.  Not only are they home to some of the best DJ’s around, who are handpicked to play different events on a nightly basis, the bar also boasts a 110 meter street art gallery to make sure that the owners love of arts and music and general awesomeness is not lost on anyone.

Stereotype proves that there can be a place you can go to have a good time and soak up some cultural energy in an intimate and unique bar who will accept you for you, no lines, no snobby front, no stereotypes.

99 Allenby Street
Tel: 0545901891