As the second largest city in the Holy Land, and an hour away from the historical city of Jerusalem, an outsider would think that Tel Aviv is a spiritual haven of Rabbis, tradition and early nights. This presumption could not in fact be more wrong. The city boasts ongoing parties, where nightclubs are the peoples’ temples and in the sweltering, steamy summers, clothes become minimum priority. Boundaries have slipped to the point of no return – and no one is complaining. 7-foot tall transsexuals, overtly affectionate couples adorn the streets in constant displays of exhibitionism and expression. Tel Aviv goes about its business inside a bubble that seems invincible to the bullets and bombs surrounding it. It is the place where people go to escape from reality.
Whatever wets your social appetite, Tel Aviv will serve it straight up for you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. As the morning birds start to sing, the Tel Avivians are just getting into the swing of their night out. The underground electronic music scene in Tel Aviv has been long known as one of the best in the world. Here is our pick of the best Tel Aviv has to offer when the lights go out and the city really wakes up:
The Breakfast Club and Milk Bar
Address: 6 Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv
When the Israeli music mogul, Gal Ofer opened his first club, The Breakfast, he never could have imagined the passion Israelis would have for House and Techno music. Being the residence of some of Israel’s best DJ’s including Shlomi Aber and Guy Gerber, the notorious club is the original late night hot spot. Pumping intense techno beats and deep house grooves that can keep you up until the early hours of the morning, The Breakfast club is an electronic music lovers dream.
The Breakfast Club’s new baby, which is accessed from inside the club itself, is the Milk Bar. The contrast is extreme, making for an out of this world, surreal experience. Within one footstep you are transported into the best of Israeli and international funk, rock, hip-hop, new rave and electronic music. The vibrations can be heard bursting out of the walls and onto the streets, where people are desperately trying to blag their way in. The crowd is trendy and hip so make sure that you are looking your best.
Address: Yehuda Halevi 43, Tel Aviv
Enter through the courtyard of an old building on Yehuda Halevi street and you will be met downstairs with the words ‘if you like it late night and sleazy come to the Penguin’. This is exactly what the sexiest and most adventurous of Tel Avivians are doing, and there is no room for inhibitions. Also part of DJ Gal Ofer’s underground empire, the music is less varied than The Breakfast Club with mainly Deep House, however it has a somewhat intriguing and addictive vibe. The Penguin is the perfect spot for anyone looking to give in to their insomnia. With a recent revamp, a huge DJ stage and secret rooms that you will be sure to discover as the night unfolds, the Penguin is the perfect place to let your fantasies run wild.
The Cat And The Dog
Address: 23 Carlebach Street, Tel Aviv
The Cat And The Dog is the place where you can go even when the other underground late nightspots are closing. It has been keeping Tel Aviv’s inhabitants up until daylight for a number of years and doesn’t even get busy until at least 2am. The incredible sound system shakes with a variety of bass dropping electronic delights, which sends the crowd wild. With the enticing array of bar tenders who appear to have stepped out of a Ralph Lauren photo-shoot, and the new, huge dance-floor, it is no wonder that the Cat And The Dog is more popular than ever.
Tel Aviv truly is the ‘city that never sleeps’ and it is only until the lights go out that you can experience its true secrets and surprises.