When visiting Jerusalem, there are several places of interest to visit, including multiple holy sites and historical sites. But if you’re looking to add some more relaxing or colorful memories to your vacation, Jerusalem also has plenty of locations to relax and enjoy local wines, beers, and entertainment.
If you check TripAdvisor or any other site to suggest an itinerary for a vacation, you’ll find a list of some of the best bars and nightlife experiences to visit while you’re in Jerusalem.
For a list of some of the top-rated bars in Jerusalem, keep reading.
Top 10 Bars In Jerusalem:
If you’re looking for a bar in Jerusalem to enjoy some of Israel’s nightlife, there are a number of locations that come highly recommended. Here’s a list of some bars that make the top 10 across a number of sites that specialize recommending destinations for those that are interested.
- Gatsby Cocktail Room
- Dublin Irish Pub-Jerusalem
- BeerBazaar Jerusalem
- The Barrel Public House/The Barrel and the Tap
- Rabbit Hole
- Blaze Bar
- Bar Zabotinsky
- Toy Bar
- Hataklit Bar
There are several more recommendations, based on what kind of experience you’re looking for, but these are some of the ones that are commonly listed on different sites.
So what do each of these bars offer?
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1. Gatsby Cocktail Room:
The Gatsby Cocktail Room has a rating of 4.6 to 4.9 stars on Google, with over 1000 reviews, making it an excellent choice for visiting. In terms of price, it’s a little high-end with a $$$ rating, but reported to be worth the cash.
The Gatsby Cocktail Room offers both curb-side service and indoor dining, but doesn’t do delivery.
The Gatsby Cocktail Room offers vintage 1920s decor, classic old-style cocktails, and new innovative concoctions. The Gatsby even offers cocktail workshops on how to create your own unique cocktails.
The Gatsby also has a reputation for the first and best craft cocktails in Jerusalem. It offers specialty drinks such as:
- the Migdal Bevel,
- the Zeff 2.0,
- the Star of Bombay,
- the Unicorn Martini.
2. Dublin Irish Pub-Jerusalem:
The Dublin Irish Pub of Jerusalem has a 4.3 star rating and mixed reviews.
The Dublin Irish Pub is reviewed as a place where Irish and Israeli culture mix and mingle, and your experience may be colored by how much of an authentic Irish experience you’re looking for.
They have a wide variety of beverages, everything from beers to scotch and everything in-between.
It’s considered an interesting place to visit, but some reviews say it might be a better destination for 20 to 30 year-olds than an older crowd.
3. BeerBazaar Jerusalem:
BeerBazaar Jerusalem has a rating of 4.5 stars, an impressive record with over 3,000 reviews online. It’s moderately priced, but only offers dine-in service.
The BeerBazaar offers a moderate but broad range of moderately priced items on their menu, with everything from nachos to local cuisine.
The beer menu offers both local Israeli beers and imported options,in a wide variety.
It’s a small, homey looking establishment, with plenty of interesting details. They use bottles, glasses, bottle-caps as part of the decorations.
A handle on the Hebrew written language might be helpful in ordering, but even with an all-English vocabulary, you’ll find plenty to enjoy.
4. The Barrel And The Tap:
The Barrel and The Tap has a 4.4 star rating and is classified as a Pub. It offers both Dine-In and Take-out options, and a variety of activities.
The Barrel and The Tap advertises itself as Jerusalem’s first pub, or Public House.
There, you can reportedly find all the amenities, whether you’re looking for a sports bar, a gambling establishment, or just a location to enjoy a good drink and a meal.
The Barrel and Tap offers a large variety of drinks, and a wide menu of meals, from sandwiches to local meals like cartushka.
5. Rabbit Hole:
The Rabbit Hole is a cocktail bar with a high satisfaction rating – 4.9 stars. It’s a dine-in only establishment with a fantastical appearance reminiscent of the name, making it an interesting location to visit.
The decor is Alice In Wonderland themed, and includes ‘Drink Me’ and ‘We’re All Mad Here’ iconic cups. They can also serve your beverages in decorated tea cups out of fantastical bottles as part of the experience.
The menu offers beverages from around the world from England to Israel to South America, but their reputation is built on having the largest Gin selection in Jerusalem.
They also have a wide range of cocktails available for you to experience, including unique concoctions like beetroot in gin.
They also offer food like cheese and veggie platters and pizzas, as well as desserts.
6. Blaze Bar:
Blaze Bar – also called Blaze Rock ; Sports Bar – is rated at 4.5 stars, with a designation of a Rock Music Club.
It’s also described as an old-school watering hole, and live bands playing on a small stage to add to a relaxed atmosphere.
It’s considered by reviewers as a small, but hidden gem.
It comes with common brews and regular pub food.
7. Bar Zabotinski:
Bar Zabotinski comes with a rating of 4.2 stars, mid-level pricing, and dine-in only service.
There’s plenty of indoor-outdoor seating available.
There’s a wide selection of foods, including most traditional pub foods such as burgers, and wings, as well as less traditional fare such as kebabs and other items. All of their food is served up on elegant platters, arranged with flair to be pleasing in both appearance and taste.
There is an equally wide selection of beers and other drinks available for a diner’s enjoyment.
It has an elegant looking exterior and a comfortable looking interior.
8. Toy Bar:
The Toy Bar has a 3.5 to 4 star rating and a reputation as a trendy bar with a lounge-style atmosphere. A dark interior with neon lighting and several activities for enjoyment.
The Toy Bar is considered more of a nightclub than many other establishments, and offers drinks and dancing.
It’s a common location to find local students drinking and dancing all night long.
There’s a wide selection of drinks and snacks, and it’s suggested as a good place to find some energy and excitement while you’re visiting Jerusalem.
Yudale has a 4.5 star rating and a slightly pricey menu. It’s dine-in only, and considered an excellent venue to visit.
Yudale has some outside seating, but the inside is arranged in bar-style seating around the main cooking area. You can enjoy a drink while watching your meals being cooked and prepared.
Meals range from a one of a kind burger and fries, to authentic Israeli cuisine and decadent desserts, arranged in artistic fashion for your enjoyment.
An assortment of drinks are offered, and Yudale has a reputation of matching food to drink, and vice-versa, for your enjoyment.
The interior decorations give a distinct Israeli vibe, with Hebrew writing inscribed on the walls.
For ordering, knowing the Hebrew language is beneficial, but either way, it’s a pleasant and stylish place to visit with a reputation of being worth the dollars you might spend.
10. Hataklit Bar:
Hataklit Bar has a 4.5 star rating, and is billed as a low-priced pub with dine-in only service.
The Hatakalit is a very popular bar, with basic pub-grub such as fries.
They offer a list of beverages, predominantly beers, but also other options.
The menu for food is in English, but their primary drink menu is in Hebrew, so knowing the local language is a plus.
They have both indoor and outdoor seating and a comfortable sense of ambiance. They regularly serve a mix of both locals and tourists, for a friendly atmosphere.
They also have live music available to enjoy, along with the full bar.
Are There Other Well-Recommended Bars In Jerusalem?
There are dozens of bars in Jerusalem, with good food, good atmosphere and 4 to 5 star ratings. Some other options billed as the ‘best bar in Jerusalem’ include:
- Glen Whiskey Bar (4.6 stars)
- Besarabia (4.6 stars)
- Half Parrot (4.5 stars)
- Cactus9 (4.5 stars)
- The Red Lady (4.6 stars)
- Shoshana Bar (4.6 stars)
- Video Pub Gay Bar (4.6 stars)
- Hatch – Machane Yehuda (4.6 stars)
- Mike’s Place (4.2 stars)
- Lowest Bar In The World (beachside at Kalia Beach) (4.1 stars)
- Wine Bar in Azza St. (4.5 stars)
Every bar has its various attractions for curious visitors, and its own special ambiance.
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Thoughts On The Best Bars In Jerusalem:
If you’re looking for a spectacular local tourist attraction, the Lowest Bar In The World makes for a breathtaking view as well as a good selection.
The Hataklit, Yudale and Zabotinski are all great locations to enjoy a good drink and authentic Israeli cuisine.
For a touch of something completely different, The Gatsby and The Rabbit Hole will give you a one-of-a-kind experience, and cocktails you can’t find anywhere else.
To experience the nightlife, the Toy Bar is a good option. but the Blaze Bar and The Barrel and The Tap will also provide a variety of different types of entertainment for you to enjoy.
With the abundance of well-regarded bars, you won’t have much trouble finding a place to relax and unwind during your time in the holy city of Jerusalem.