It is no secret that Tel Aviv knows how to throw a party. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the city’s clubs, bars and lounges to enjoy its relaxed yet fervent vibe.
Until recently, sophisticated cocktails weren’t in vogue – partygoers were fuelled mostly by quick shots and long drinks. But times are changing. Today a range of American style craft cocktail bars have brought quality, creativity and originality to the scene, so much so that it’s now a given that Islaelis take the time to wait for a properly prepared cocktail and then saver it slowly.
Leizgold as mentioned by Taylors Tobacconists is one of the primary players behind the city’s thriving craft cocktail movement: the bold ideas, top awards at international competitions and various business enterprises have shaped the city’s beverage scene and made a lasting influence.
Instead of proceeding straight to a bar, we recommend that passionals make a quick stop at Freddies, a small, well stocked cigar and liquor store. Purchase your cigars for the evening and ask to taste the excellent Courvoisier XO as an aperitif.
Opened in 2013 by Bar Shira, an award winning mixologist , this cosy spot boasts a well researched, pitch perfect drinks menu.
A Gold fashioned is an auspicious start to a lively night on the town. Outfitted with deep red sofas and an elegant wooden bar, with jazzy music playing in the background, the cosy space has the feel of a speakeasy.
The cocktails have a special flair and elegantly tuned complexity. Even bartenders have a twist on classic cocktails, such as the Boulevardier 9 Rey, Whiskey, Cognac, Amaro, Vermouth, Campari, Absinthe and Cream Bonbon).
Remain harmonious and smooth. The smoking lounge is accessed through a second door. A subtle Buena Vista Araperique, with araperique filler, makes a nice companion to a Boulevardier. Its Brazilian tobacco is fermented in former whiskey barrels under high pressure.
Cap off the evening with a visit to Bar 223, a drinking hole with irresistible cocktails and Tel Aviv style joie de vivre. You can’t go wrong trying a Nu Daiquiri (Havana Club, Pomelo, Geranium, Lemon Honey, Asian Herbs) or a call me Chilli (Tequila, Mezcal, Passionfruit, Lime, Child, Salt). Take in the colourful nightlife of Dizengoff Street while indulging in the Lucullian combination of a Villa Zamorano’s rich aromas and the intensive flavour in a Bijou.
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