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Top Nightlife Locations

You’ve probably heard plenty about the nightlife in Tel Aviv, but don’t sleep on Jerusalem. It may not be the clubbing extravaganza of its coastal sister city, but Jerusalem has a hip, young population that fuels a unique alternative nightlife scene that’s dominated by cool places to have drinks with friends, eclectic music venues and a few stray dance bars for the party faithful.

Live Music

Often underestimated, Jerusalem’s music scene is small, but eclectic, and you can find live music any night of the week at bars and concert venues around town.

Nocturno Live

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One of the go-to spots for alternative, high-brow nightlife, on any given night you’ll find concerts, spoken-word poetry, stand-up comedy, lectures, independent movie screenings and much more. Nocturno Live also has a kosher dairy, vegetarian/vegan menu and a full bar.

Where: 7 Betsalel Street, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3290749

John Smith Bar at the Cinema Hostel

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The center city becomes highly vibrant on Thursday night. That’s when everybody leaves their homes for a great night out, and the John Smith bar is one of the happiest places to be at on this night. The bar has a unique cinematic, atmospheric design. It is located at the Cinema Hostel, hence the theme of movie classics, including a 50s style cocktail menu. John Smith quickly became one of the top spots in the city, drawing tourists and locals alike who come to enjoy the drinks, the atmosphere, the music, and the exceptional crowd.

Plus, every day from 19:00 to 21:00 you may enjoy a fantastic Happy Hour, 1+1 on all cocktails, beers, and wines – While Tuesdays are dedicated to Jam Sessions.

Where: Shamay Str. 4
Contact: 072-3385059

The Yellow Submarine

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One of the oldest musical institutions in the city, the Yellow Submarine in Talpiyot is all about the music, whether it’s Jazz, rock, alternative or any other genre. It’s a little bit outside of the city center, but definitely worth the trip for the music-first atmosphere.

Where: 13 Harechavim Street, Jerusalem

Hamazkeka

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Another alternative music mecca, Hamazkeka has live bands and free entrance almost every night of the week, except on nights when they host DJ’s playing funk, techno, experimental and other electronic styles.

Where: 3 Shushan Street, Jerusalem

Dancing & Drinking

Wild Cat Bar

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Wild Cat Bar is a new concept bar in the center of Jerusalem that aims to bring the old Hmaras back. The “Hmara” is a place where people in Jerusalem used to go to have drinks, play backgammon, and have a good laugh. Order a Maccabee 7.9% or the new Goldstar Slowbrew with one of their hot pizzas coming straight from a Tabun oven or their special pretzels with chocolate, and you’re ready to start playing. They have backgammon boards on every table, Wednesday poker nights, and crazy Thursday nights with themed parties.

Where: 3 Yosef Rivlin Street, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3281989

Justice

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Justice is one of the few nightlife spots in the city that delivers a world-class clubbing experience, with dark, stylish decor, a booming, state-of-the-art soundsystem, a young party crowd and some of the countries best DJ’s.

Where: 28 Hebron Road, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3281992

Mahane Yehuda Market

In addition to the bar open on a nightly basis, you haven’t experienced Jerusalem nightlife until you’ve gone drinking in the shuk on Thursday nights, when the party tends to spill out into the alleyways.

Get the low down on the Thursday night madness at Mahane Yehuda >>

Friday Night Life: What’s Open

The days of fleeing to Tel Aviv for weekend nightlife are over. Jerusalem’s Friday nightlife is as strong as ever, with many of the best bars and clubs open despite Shabbat.

Read more about where to drink, dance and more on Friday night in Jerusalem >>