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Beer Bazaar- It’s always Israeli Craft Beer’oclock

The hallmark of a good craft beer is the distinctive local flavor it adds to the base of grain, hops, yeast and water. Israeli craft beer, virtually nonexistent until a decade ago, now is available in more than 100 styles. The taste of Israel inside each bottle hints of locally sourced herbs and fruits such as mint, rosemary, date, passionfruit, mango or citron.

In 2013, Beer Bazaar opened their doors for the entire craft beer enthusiast community. Originally opening a small hut in the middle of the exciting Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem and Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, their goal was to provide three local drafts on tap and a place to find local beers by the bottle. Over the past two years, they have expanded to four Tel Aviv locations.

My favorite Beer Bazaar is located on Yishkon street next to the Carmel market. This Beer Bazaar branch serves over 7 drafts on tap featuring a few house brews made off-premises and an assortment of local beers. Their drafts cost 23 NIS for a third of a liter and 29 NIS for half a liter.

With over 100 beers from dozens of Israeli microbreweries to choose from, there’s something for everyone who likes beer and wants to try one they can’t find elsewhere. Since many Israeli microbrews are sold close to the breweries, it may be more difficult to find a Jerusalem brew like Shapiro’s Stout in Tel Aviv, so a central location to sample Israeli beers is a nice way to drink your way around the country without spending hours on the road. You can drink Bazelet from the Golan or some passion fruit infused brew from the Negev without leaving the same barstool. All bottles at the bar cost 26 NIS, a fair price compared to other local bars.

Recently, Beer Bazaar implemented a new Happy Hour at all their locations. Between 5PM-8PM, when you order a draft beer you receive a bottle of one of the 6 crafted beers brewed by Beer Bazaar. While I tend to prefer to enjoy a 1+1 happy hour deal, I also enjoy having craft beers at home which would be tough to find at your local supermarket.

For those looking for some food while drinking your beers, Beer Bazaar provides different Israeli theme bar food options. Their menu consists of fish entrees, pizza, meat sandwiches and healthier options such as grilled eggplant. While their food is tasty, I come here for the craft beer.

Whether you are trying o take a break from the craziness of the market or enlighten friends with the advancement of Israeli craft beer, Beer Bazaar is a great place to knock back a few beers during the day or at night.

Locations:

BeerBazaar Machane Yehuda :Etz Hayyim St 3 Jerusalem ( KOSHER)

BeerBazaar Yishkon: 36 Yishkon Tel Aviv

BeerBazaar Levinsky 13 Zvulun Street Tel Aviv

BeerBazaar Basta Rambam 1 Tel Aviv

BeerBazaar Rothschild Rothschild Boulevard 142 Tel Aviv

Hours: Sunday- Thursday : 10AM-12AM and Friday 10AM-7PM

Top 5 Happy Hours in Tel Aviv

Until recently, most Tel Aviv bars happy hour specials were rare. Unlike the U.S. business culture, where after work you grab some drinks and food, in Tel Aviv, people head home and then have drinks after dinner. However, recently, the happy hour scene has erupted in Tel Aviv. I will be highlighting my top 5 best Happy Hours in the White City.

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My favorite of Tel Aviv’s happy hours bar is Louis Bar, which is located in the heart of Tel Aviv, right across Rabin Square. In Tel Aviv, where you have so many different options where to start your night of drinking, Louis has to be on top of the list. When I first started to date my girlfriend she raved about this bar next to Rabin square that her friends always met at. After a few visits I become a regular. Whenever someone asks me about a fun and well priced happy hour, Louis bar is always one of the first options.

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Like most bars that offer happy hour in Tel Aviv, Louis Bar offers great drink specials with tasty bar food. They offer a buy one get one free and 50% off of all food, and have one of the most wide-ranging beer menus in the area. Unlike most bars, their beer glasses come in a pint (410 ml) or a baby (290ml)

They also offer an excellent and varied food menu at the bar. Having tasted the majority of the items on their menu, their best bar food consists of thin pizza, hamburgers sliders and their famous sloppy Yossef (yes, they offer their Israeli version of sloppy Joe).

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Mila Bar is located in the heart of Dizengoff Street, next to the corner of Ben Gurion and Dizengoff.  In Tel Aviv, where there are so many options where to start your night of drinking, if you don’t have Mila Bar as your destination, chances are that you probably won’t end up there. Over a year ago, my friends and I were looking for an early happy hour and randomly found Mila Bar. We have been spreading the word about their happy hour specials ever since.

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Their 1+1 happy hour specials are well advertised throughout the bar. Opening in the early evening and going til 9:30 pm, their drinks are “buy one get the next one free”. They also offer happy hour food specials that are very tasty and compliment the drinks.

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223 is located in the old north section of Diznegoff street right before Nordau street. In recent years the cocktail bar trend has taken Tel Aviv by storm. 223, though it was one of Tel Aviv’s original authentic cocktail bars, still provides some of the best cocktail and mixologists in Tel Aviv. The bar design presents a 1920’s New Orleans bar feel and their staff is dressed for the part making 223 one of the more interesting choices on this list.

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223’s happy hour special is 1+1 on all cocktails and beers from 6PM until 8PM. If you get to the bar early enough I recommend taking an outside table which will present a great people watching experience on the exciting street of Dizengoff.

Café Nona- Ibn Gabirol 44

While walking down the busy street of Ibn Gabirol, there are so many different bars to choose from. One may ask what makes this bar bette  than the other one a half block away?. Unlike most Bars around Tel Aviv, Café Nona presents a unique concept with their discounted drink specials.

345433-5Café Nona is situated a little south of Rabin Square and is well known for its drinks specials until 2am. Indeed, Café Nona is open 24 hours a day; but I am highlighting their alcohol specials. Unlike most bars in Tel Aviv that might offer a few hours of discounted drinks in their happy hour special, Café Nona, from Sunday through Thursday until 2 am, their entire bar is 50% off. The bar has different types of draft beer cocktails and they staff will gladly make any kind of drink you might want. The bar staff is very friendly which usually comes with free shots of Whisky, Arak or Vodka. They have a in-depth food menu as well which is well priced.

Shem Tov- Masaryk 14

Shem Tov is located a half block away from Rabin Square on Masaryk. This quiet bar has been a nice quiet secret for the locals who are trying to take advantage of the early evening happy hour specials. Shem Tov is a friendly and quiet bar that is a perfect place for friends to grab some drinks and not worry about getting a table.

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The owners of the bar know their clients very well, as they offer their happy hour special as early as 6PM until 8PM throughout the week. Their Happy hour specials include 50% off all drinks and food on their entire menu. So of their great deals include a half liter of beer for 15NIS, a glass of Glenmorangie single malt whisky for 30NIS and sirloin Carpaccio for 19NIS.

Agnes Pub- You don’t only come for the beer

Until recently, most of the more popular Tel Aviv bars didn’t offer happy hour specials. Today, almost every bar in Tel Aviv offers some kind of happy hour special.

Agnes Bar,  located in the northern area of Ibn Gabirol Street, has  offered happy hours for quite some time, but only recently have they received the respect they truly deserve.  The bar atmosphere at Agnes Bar is authentic and friendly. They are very well-known for their extensive beers on tap and excellent bar food.

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Unlike other Tel Aviv bars, which typically opens in the evenings, Agnes Bar opens at noon. Their current special, which runs till 7PM, is that with every food order you receive a draft beer and the additional choice of an ice tea or coffee. They also offer, for only 14NIS, to refuel your beer that you receive with your meal.

Its Beer Time!  When you enter the bar, you pass the upstairs bar which displays the many beer options. They have 15 different types of beers on tap, (among them 6-7 Israeli micro beers – which market has exploded in recent years),  along with other notable beers on tap such as Hoegaarden (my favorite beer), Jemes 8.8, Weihenstephan Vitus (a stronger alcohol wheat beer), Brooklyn Lager and many others. Honestly, Agnes bar isn’t the cheapest, but they do offer a deal on your 2nd beer which only costs 22NIS. The price of the beers are a bit high, but the delicious food makes up for it.

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If you are looking for good food along with your drinks, Agnes Bar is the right place. They offer a full menu of great food to eat along with your draft beer. Some of the better dishes they offer are their burgers options, steak, schnitzel, Ruben sandwich and some tasty sausages. They offer lighter food as well.

Order: Quagmire burger and a cold Hoegaarden beer.

Average price: 50NIS

Address: Ibn Gabirol 129

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 12PM-till the last customer

Louis Bar- It’s Time For Happy Hour

Until recently, most of the well known Tel Aviv bars did not offer a happy hour special. Today, the happy hour scene has erupted in Tel Aviv.

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One of my favorite of Tel Aviv’s happy hours bars is Louis Bar, which is located in the heart of Tel Aviv, right across Rabin Square. In Tel Aviv, where you have so many different options where to start your night of drinking, Louis has to be on top of the list. When I first started to date my girlfriend she raved about this bar next to Rabin square that her friends always met at. After a few visits I become a regular. Whenever someone asks me about a fun and well priced happy hour, Louis bar is always one of the first options.

Louis Bar is not a new bar in the crowded bar scene in Tel Aviv. They opened their door over 6 years ago and have made a name for  themselves as one of the better “chill” bars to grab some drinks and eat some tasty bar food. The staff is super friendly and works very quickly even when full. The waitresses will always remind you about the end of happy hour, making sure you take advantage of their deals. Their happy hour starts as early as 4 p.m. and the ends at 9 p.m. I recommend getting there by 8 as the bar tends to fill up with locals looking to take advantages of their great deals.

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Like most bars that offer happy hour in Tel Aviv, Louis Bar offers great drink specials with tasty bar food. They offer a buy one get one free and 50% off all food, and have one of the most wide-ranging beer menus in the area. Unlike most bars, their beer glasses come in a pint (410 ml) or a baby (290ml)

They also offer an excellent and varied food menu at the bar. Having tasted the majority of the items on their menu, their best bar food consists of thin pizza, hamburgers sliders and their famous sloppy Yossef (yes, they offer their Israeli version of sloppy Joe).

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My Happy Hour Order:  a pint of Pauliner with a sloppy Yossef. The sloppy Yossef goes extremely well with the wheat beers – one of my favorites.

Address: Malkhei Yisra’el Street 4

Happy Hours: 4 p.m.9 p.m.

Mila Bar- Its 5 pm and its Happy Hour Somewhere

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Until recently, most Tel Aviv bars did not have a happy hour special. Unlike American business culture, where after work you grab some drinks and food, in Tel Aviv, people head home and then have drinks after dinner. However, recently, the happy hour scene has erupted in Tel Aviv. One of my favorite happy hours bars is Mila Bar.

Mila Bar is located in the heart of Dizengoff street, next to the corner of Ben Gurion and Dizengoff.  In Tel Aviv, where there are so many options where to start your night of drinking, if you don’t have Mila Bar as your destination, chances are that you probably won’t end up there. Over a year ago, my friends and I were looking for an early happy hour and randomly found Mila Bar. We have been spreading the word about their happy hour specials ever since.

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In the past year, Mila Bar has a made a name for themselves, becoming one the trendier bars on the Dizengoff bar scene. The crowd varies per night, but usually it is a mix of locals after work, tourists and lots of first dates (I personally took my girlfriend here once for a date). The staff is very friendly and works quickly when the bar is full with customers. They are packed every night and it is tough to find a spot if you get to the bar after 9 pm.

Their 1+1 happy hour specials are well advertised throughout the bar. Opening in the early evening and going til 9:30 pm, their drinks are “buy one get the next one free”. They also offer happy hour food specials that are very tasty and compliment the drinks.

Their happy hour drinks special menu includes varies of draft beer, bottled beer, cocktails and seasonal cocktails.

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Address: 174 Dizengoff

Hours: MondayThursday 5PM-3AM, SaturdaySunday 5PM-3AM